Maternity Leavers: What to do about work now you're a mum Paperback – 10 Dec 2016
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About the Author
Throughout her working life Soozi has tried many different jobs, always seeking the elusive ‘dream career’. The quest has taken her from her first full time job as an office clerk in Plymouth, to University in Wales, a brief teaching stint in Japan, and far too many years in London working in a secondary school, international development charity, and several law firms and financial institutions. After a few years self employed back in the sunny South West, she’s now giving postgraduate study a whirl. As has been said on many occasions by friends and colleagues, “If you’re thinking of trying something different careerwise, speak to Soozi first – she’s probably already done it”. Soozi lives in South East Cornwall with her twin sons, where she writes and studis in ‘Mummy’s office’ - the only room in the house not full of toys (although definitely full of paper and books).
Top customer reviews
It is really useful, it gives plenty of ideas to expecting mothers and it re-assures new mums that they have not closed the career door by becoming a mother, but they have indeed opened up many new opportunities. Definitely a great read! Highly recommended +++++
Lots of the advice comes with the main focus being on what works best for YOU! Every woman and their circumstances are different and this is a theme that continues throughout the various topics discussed here, that you are investing in YOURSELF! There are some slightly more “out there” choices discussed when alternative ways of making money are focused upon including blogging (possibly not book blogging I have to say from personal experience!!!) and even matched betting which I had never heard of before now but all are backed up with numeric data and facts making you aware of all The pros and cons.
The author is quite understanding of the fact that a lot of choices are narrowed down by that elephant in the room…..MONEY!! But I have to say that I found there to be a multitude of pathways discussed here that were more relevant to a wider variety of financial situations than I had expected to see. I found some of the scenarios discussed quite heavily office based but that’s a very minor quibble and those threads can easily be channelled into your own situation for future reference.
With this being an audio book, I can’t finish without complimenting the choice of narrator here. I felt as though I was actually having a chat over coffee with a friend about options for the future, often forgetting it wasn’t a two way conversation! The voice fitted the narrative perfectly and was very easy on the ear, which is what you need when you are listening in for several hours continuously.
I wish this book had been around in my day and I’m very jealous that my daughter has been lucky enough to get the best advice available from someone who really knows what they are talking about. This comes very highly recommended by us both!
Maternity Leavers offers up suggestions for all prospects when you have a baby or small children to consider. It covers advice about the practicalities of returning to your previous job, or starting a new one, with guidance about flexible work and shared parental leave. It talks about how to set yourself up as self-employed, and the various business models that you could try. And finally, it suggests other ways to occupy your time that are not necessarily geared towards earning money. Soozi is very keen to reassure us that the parental journey is unique for everyone. She reminds us that our self-worth is not measured in cold, hard cash. We can choose to stay at home and nurture our children, or we can take on additional academic or practical studies. Or we could do voluntary work, if it fulfills us and makes us happy.
I enjoyed reading the book. The language is casual and friendly, and the chapters are short so you can read it around your baby/toddler/puppy etc. It made me feel better about the choices I make, and reminded me that there is always a solution to a challenge. It is never too late to try something new and reinvent ourselves.
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