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Yummy Mummy….. hmm…. who’s got the time?

By Vanessa Corrigan, Personal Image Coach Having a child is quite simply the biggest change in your life you will ever experience. Suddenly it’s no longer all about you, and the simple things in life that you took for granted are never quite the same…… a soak in the bath,

By Vanessa Corrigan, Personal Image Coach

Vanessa Corrigan

Having a child is quite simply the biggest change in your life you will ever experience. Suddenly it’s no longer all about you, and the simple things in life that you took for granted are never quite the same…… a soak in the bath, a hot cup of coffee or a visit to the hairdressers become precious moments because now there are little people who totally rely on you for their every need.

Add another child or two and trying to juggle getting back to work, and you can whisk your life into such a frenzy that thinking about your appearance comes way down your list of priorities.

Perhaps the clothes from your  pre-motherhood life are completely redundant, especially if you worked in an office, and after nine months of pregnancy, wearing all things stretchy and baggy, you don’t even remember how you used to look or what you liked wearing. Now your clothes just need to wash well and be comfortable. As for high heels…..you wonder if you can even walk in them anymore, it seems you no longer have the balance you once did. Flip flops work well these days because you can put them on without using your hands.

So now you’re thinking about getting back to work, part time, full time, retraining to start a new career, or possibly setting up on your own. Whichever you choose, your confidence and emotions need to be working hard to get you back out there after taking a break from the world of work.

This is a really good time to evaluate what’s going on in your wardrobe. Do you have clothes and accessories that enhance your body shape, colouring and work for your personality and lifestyle? Or is it a jumbled mess of mistake purchases old and new, mixed up with a few things you love and summer and winter all thrown in together?

Perhaps you have got used to scraping your hair back into ponytail and given up on wearing make-up?

If any of this rings true my advice is to take a little time to get yourself sorted before adding a new work life into the mix. It doesn’t take long if you have a little help understanding what suits you, and having the confidence that you’re looking great will lift your spirits and have everyone wondering how you manage to look so fantastic with such a busy life.

Vanessa x

www.vanessacorrigan.co.uk

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Interesting insights from a report looking at the balance of work and family life

The Fawcett Society – the UK’s leading charity for women’s equality and rights at home, at work and in public life – has published their report: ‘Parents, work and care: Striking the balance’ which reveals some interesting insight into attitudes towards mothers and fathers at work, from their poll of

The Fawcett Society – the UK’s leading charity for women’s equality and rights at home, at work and in public life – has published their report: ‘Parents, work and care: Striking the balance’ which reveals some interesting insight into attitudes towards mothers and fathers at work, from their poll of 8,000 people.

Some of the key findings include:

People want balance: Over two thirds (68%) of people say that when they think about their career choices they think about whether a job is likely to allow them to balance work and family

72% of dads vs 79% of mums look for flexible work after their children are born

Many people struggle to balance work and care: 32% of parents lie to their boss to take time off to spend with their children – 38% of dads lie

Old stereotypes about working parents persist:

–          29% of people think men are more committed to their job after having a  baby

–          46% of people think women are less committed to their job after having a baby

People want equality: Nearly 7 in 10 people believe that men who take time off work to look after a baby should be entitled to the same pay and amount of leave as women

Read the full report here…

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Returnships: an innovative programme to help women transition back into work

Returnships were invented by Goldman Sachs in 2008 to stem the flow of professional women not returning to work after extended periods on maternity leave. The Returnship programme aims to encourage women back after 2+ years career break by providing a short 10 – 12 weeks paid contract to quickly

Returnships were invented by Goldman Sachs in 2008 to stem the flow of professional women not returning to work after extended periods on maternity leave. The Returnship programme aims to encourage women back after 2+ years career break by providing a short 10 – 12 weeks paid contract to quickly transition back into a professional career.

During this period returners complete a commercial project, using their existing skills, and are also given support & mentoring to help their professional confidence and reintroduction to work.  At the end of the contract they have the chance of a permanent position within the host company.   Increasingly more corporates (O2, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Vodafone, etc) are using this innovative model to attract highly skilled women back into work after a career break and in the UK this has been led by companies such as Women Returners and Capability Jane.

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