Once upon a time, I had a job. For seven years I had a corporate career – and then I had a baby.
I’ve been a manager since 23, I put myself through university studying externally while I worked full time and I’ve been published in Huffington Post, Daily Mail and The Mirror UK to name a few – and I can’t get a part time job at Coles.
I’m one of the lucky ones though. I chose not to return to work unlike the 18% of women who lose their job during maternity leave. I loved my job, but as a mum, I’d changed. I couldn’t come in with an hours notice or prepare reports until 11pm anymore and frankly; I didn’t want to.
My priorities and lifestyle had changed and I was in the weird in between. I wanted to work, we needed the money and I was itching to be around other adult humans. I was sure I would find a job and so began the part of my journey called seek.com A lot of seeking and not so much finding.
The interview went a little like this.
“You’ve had a lot of experience, why do you want to work here?”
“I’ve been on maternity leave and am looking to re-enter the workforce in a part-time capacity,”
“So, you were on maternity leave?”
*Queue that look*
I changed my CV, excluded roles, condensed it to one page and took out maternity leave from my cover letter…Still nothing.
Eventually I thought - Fuck This!
I had viral success with my blog post 'A Letter to my People' #nojudgementclub which gave me the confidence to start writing freelance. I've always LOVED writing, and after months of rejection I decided I didn’t need to fit in - I needed to FLY! Baby in one arm and coffee in the other, I starting writing. Writing and pitching, pitching and blogging and I grew Storms Sanctuary into a business.
The rise of mumpreneurs is a thriving economy and a big middle finger to traditional work structures.