I'll have to ask a friend of mine who's about to return from mat leave in a public school in sa. She is only returning 3 days a week.
Nowhere near the same conditions for contract teachers though and those without permanency.
Im fully looking for a new job at the moment. I have two kids, the youngest being 11mo.
I was talking with an ex colleague about his current company as they are getting me in for an interview.
He straight out told me the job is not a good fit for me since I'm a mum. Said the hours were long etc.
I was gobsmacked. The kids have a dad too who will pick up the slack when I'm stuck at work.
The way I handle my hours and work life balance is my issue. I never mention my kids.
As an aside, a friend of mine just managed to get flexible hours in a high level role and she doesn't have kids. Flexible hours are not just for parents 😊
Gosh this thread is depressing, It must be so bloody hard to feel that you've lost your career since having children
I haven't had that experience at all. My career has been at a bit of standstill but that's been my choice. Balancing ivf with work was hard and then after my first child i came back part time. I've stayed in the same area of my organisation and have turned down opportunities to act or move to different sections for promotions because I prefer the stability of where I am. I can negotiate my hours or days around what I need. Plus I really enjoy the work.
I don't believe you need to work fulltime to climb the ladder, I work with a lot of part time mums and I think being part time can often make you more efficient, you can't waste any time. I've still been given plenty of career enriching opportunities and though being part time means you can't do everything you want to do, it still works. I guess in comparison my DP has def climbed the ladder the last few years but that's what we decided. I'd only be part time till the kids are in school or beyond.
I did have my career pretty well established before i had kids though and since it took us a long time to have our first baby, we had plenty of time to plan. So that probably helped.
Another angle - I have found, surprisingly so, that since having kids I have lost all career motivation and care factor and find myself slipping into the (perhaps) stereotypical mother role that puts family before career etc. I never ever thought I would be like this in a million years. I was extremely ambitious before kids. My whole outlook has changed, I just don't enjoy working anymore, and lack any sort of ambition. After DS1 I just wanted a job where I could go in, do my thing, get out on time and not do any overtime or extra work activities. Lost any motivation to network etc.
Now I have had a second child it's even worse. So for me, yes having kids has all but ruined my career.
I do acknowledge that at some point I will not only have to return to (full time) work, but will probably want to. But it's so hard right now to see that. And I really wish I had a more family friendly, flexible career. Fitting in family life is not something your career counsellor discusses with you at high school - perhaps it should be!
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