Working Mums

First baby due! It's the best of times - but often the most challenging time for your career. None of us knows how we'll feel after the baby arrives or what work and family arrangements will suit us. Yet, once we go public, everyone starts asking!

Don't worry, in this theme we share advice and stories about options that others have tried. That includes how to make the return to work afterwards, sometimes after a career break.

At Professionelle we have a peak among members in their early thirties: the family formation years. It's no surprise. The solutions that "make it all work" both for parents and for employers could fairly be called a work-in-progress. And as the more experienced parents know, the issues change when children start school, but they don't go away. For example, did you know that school children still need 27 weeks a year of care during work hours? Yes, that's half a year!

Wherever you are on the work and family spectrum, we're sure you'll find relevant and thought-provoking material here. Choosing childcare, the different work models women use, how key pieces of legislation could affect you - and how to dress to cope with the new roles in your life - it's all in this theme.

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  • 19 March 2015 By Stacey Gillies of Fashion Fairground Comments: 0
    Office dressing for pregnancy

    Stacey Gillies of Fashion Fairground provides guidance on the questions many women have as they face the issues of fashion, work, baby bumps - and beyond. This is a highly practical article with lots of links to help you find the fit, fabrics and look that feel right for you as you head into your months of pregnancy in the office - and beyond.

  • 08 March 2015 By Fiona Fenwick Comments: 0
    NZ Update: Women in the labour market

    A few days before International Women's Day, Fiona Fenwick attended a mulit-disciplinary seminar organised by the Treasury and Ministry for Women on issues for women in the labour market. As she reflects, "It's good to be reassured that our voices count in shaping the policies that affect every one of us and the generation following."

  • 21 November 2014 By Sharon Manssen Comments: 2
    Trying to keep women in engineering

    Sharon Manssen, of global engineering consultancy Aurecon, explores the firm's journey in setting up an initiative to support women in its heavily-male-dominated environment. She outlines what has worked for her – and says you will need to read the article to decide for yourself whether Aurecon has been successful or not!

  • 24 October 2014 By Emma Kelly Comments: 1
    What do you want out of life, really?

    Emma Kelly reflects on how she made a dramatic career shift from a fabulous corporate job to starting her own small business, in the pursuit of greater levels of physical and mental wellbeing. She ends the article with tips on how to evaluate your own direction and happiness.

  • 20 October 2014 By Jayne Muller of Altris Comments: 0
    The pace of change is slow for women in transition

    Seven years ago, Jayne Muller and her colleagues at Altris undertook research in New Zealand into what worked and what didn't for women transitioning in and out of the workplace as their children arrived. The research also explored employers' perspectives. Here Jayne reflects on those insights against the progress she has seen since, as she works at the "coalface" of women in transition in her role as an executive coach.

  • 18 June 2014 By Karyn Riley Comments: 0
    What’s the Rush?

    Christchurch-based Parent Educator and Author Karyn Riley looks at ways to achieve more by doing less, relieve pressure, find balance and simply enjoy life as a parent.

  • 29 May 2014 By WorkingMums Comments: 0
    Bright Spots from a few Bright Sparks

    Inspired by Brigid Schulte's "Overwhelmed", a book about working mothers juggling their professional and personal lives, WorkingMums brings ideas and tips for bright spots in your life.

  • 24 May 2014 By Pamela Bell Comments: 0
    On Balance, On Target, Onwards

    Pam Bell shares thoughts and anecdotes on charting our own progress and changing the benchmarks that provide us with inspiration and vitality.

  • 16 May 2014 By Nikki Launder Comments: 2
    Working Mothers illustrated in Venn Diagrams

    Nikki, an architect and mother of three, knows many professional working mother. They provided her with anecdotes and thoughts on their typical days managing children and work. These have been the inspiration for a series of Venn Diagrams that illustrate their domains.

  • 08 March 2014 By Jenny Peploe Comments: 0
    Concierge Confidential

    Everyone's lives are busy these days. Between housework and careers, working women especially have barely time to breathe. One solution is to use a concierge service, which is a rapidly growing industry. Jenny Peploe talks about why, and shares tips on how to get the best from employing a concierge.