Lifestyle

Flexible Working for a Young Mum

So there I was 23 years of age, happy mother of a 10-month old, a gorgeous baby boy. To be honest I don't even know where the 9 months since I had my son had gone. Yet staying at home, having monologues with my perfect baby was just not enough.

So there I was 23 years of age, happy mother of a 10-month old, a gorgeous baby boy.

To be honest I don't even know where the 9 months since I had my son had gone.  Yet staying at home, having monologues with my perfect baby was just not enough.  I felt I had a baby brain that affected my speech and all my words had turned baby… bath bath, moo moo, oink oink, you name it!

At that time, I didn’t have a job to go back to, as I planned to take a longer break to look after my first born.  But it wasn't long before I realised what was missing in my life was something part time.  I wasn’t fussy, all I wanted was something convenient and close to home for pocket money and a chance to speak to the grown ups!

Just like many other mums out there, the first place I looked for work was in retail. I applied for couple of roles through an agency and luckily didn't have to wait long until I was offered a part time agency work. Hooray!  I was over the moon, finally I had 12 hours a week I was about to spend with adults only with no baby talk or nappy changing, just me working those 12 hours a week for my own satisfaction and well-being. I know some mums may read this and think I am crazy, but don't we always say about our children that they are all different, but the same?  I love my son to bits, but I also love working. 

So here I was in my new agency job at Triumph (a beautiful underwear brand if you don't know it), working when the shop needed me during busy times, when someone was ill or just for holiday cover.  I was filling the gaps and had to be really flexible but I loved it!  I was making a difference somewhere, and in some way it felt like I was doing good.  I made friends, learned great customer service skills thanks to supportive managers, who showed me the best way to treat Triumph's clients, which largely came down to a lot of respect and patience :).

Part time work, zero hours contracts are made for people, who like me back then, want flexibility without a heavy commitment.  I couldn't even consider full time child care, so I was never going to be interested in full time roles until my son became older. I went to work when it suited me best, I was at home the majority of time and had the best of both worlds. The time I did spend at work improved my skills and helped me build my confidence. 

Flexible and part time working is the norm nowadays. We live in a busy world with demands on our time coming from everywhere. It seems to me as if it’s getting easier to fit a busy family life around our work with less of a hassle.  From job applications, to getting shift details sent straight to my phone, online timesheets and online payments.  It’s all designed to make our work experience easier to manage and I think we’re better off because of it.

I am now in full time work and my son is 7 years old and still awesomely handsome and happy.

Tanya

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