She could have been working as a casual tutor while also working at a firm? Most universities use casual tutors from the profession at some stage.
Too many still are though - it's disappointing.
I am currently working casual in my industry and applying for part time jobs that are way below my skill level. Unfortunately I can't be a director without working 40 plus hours from an office a week. This is in children's services where you would think they would be a little more flexible but sadly not. It's depressing not being able to utilize my skill set just because I want to spend more time with my child.
This is another fine example that there is so much room for improvement in many many workplaces to make them more family and women friendly.
I am sooooo very lucky with my job. I get to work at home, in the evenings after the children go to bed. (I work in my jarmies ) Whilst it's not a flash paying job and it's not in my usual profession (but in the same industry) the pay is reasonable. Every few weeks I have to go into the office for a day (the humanity!! ) to touch base and catch up with colleagues and my boss.
Bec do you mind if I ask what industry you work in?
Towards the end of my working at my last firm I realised it wasn't working when I would get home at 10 pm and DD1 (5 at the time) would still be awake waiting for me to come home. It broke my heart.
The problem is extremely complex. Professionals get paid a lot of money and you're expected to work hard in return. We charge clients a lot too so they expect high quality work delivered extremely quickly. That doesn't translate well to work life balance.
There are a lot of places that get it right, but it usually comes down to the individuals working in the team, and whether they are prepared to support the part time worker on their non work day. I spent too many hours in play grounds on my blackberry talking to clients or responding to emails. I missed too much.
At the end of the day I could have stayed and fought, but I stepped away so I could be there more for my kids. This isn't an area I wanted to be a trail blazer in
Just wanted to clarify my comments - I was only disagreeing with the statement that women struggle to get jobs in law firms, not anything else - highly agree with the fact that it is a "boys club" in a lot of places and not compatible with spending a lot of time with your family. I have found the firms who advertise themselves as promoting work life balance are usually the very worst.
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