My career in the hospitality industry started back when I was 14 years old as a glass collector in a reputable brassiere in Anglesey, North Wales. I then went on to be a Waitress, Bar Person, Chef, Chef Manager, Catering Manager and Chef Recruitment Consultant. At the age of 29 Motherhood was the next job on the list. Being a very career driven woman it was something that was quite daunting to me… How was I going to continue my career, develop it and be a Mummy all at the same time?
My first thoughts were of course, well I am up early to work in the city and home late often, and working around the clock in temporary recruitment, it cannot possibly be any tougher right?!? How very wrong was I. It turns your world upside down and any parent will understand that it isn’t just exhausting but being a first time parent you have all the worries you are doing the right things as well. All this being said I still felt I needed a little “me” back and plucked up the courage to return to work a couple of days a week and slowly building myself up.
My little lady is now 6 months old and the happiest little girl a Mummy could have. I go in to the office a few days a week and the rest I work from home which is great! But as she gets older she needs my attention more at home, the emotional strings play on me each day. Am I doing the right thing going back to work and leaving her? Missing all those precious early days and moments is a thought that is with me constantly. But the way I see it is it will teach my girl an invaluable lesson in life and that is if you want to succeed and achieve your dreams and goals you have to work for it and finding your own balance is key.
There is no right and wrong, you have to do what works for you and your circumstances. Right now I love being a Mummy and I love my job so the only hard part is getting that perfect balance!
Nicola Birchenall - Recruitment Consultant, Temporary Division
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