Why do so many of us go careering into motherhood, unaware of just how hard it is to have a meaningful career as well as family commitments? And why don’t men struggle with their careers in the same way?
We talk about the rise of flexible jobs and work anywhere policies, executive burnout and the pressure to be “always on,” Government claims that 75% of mothers are in work, and yet there's being in work and there's having a career.
If you’ve had a career break, been on maternity leave, want a career change, want to relaunch yourself back into work or just want a happier balance between work and everything else, Careering Into Motherhood is here with practical advice, insightful interviews and real human stories.
Jane Johnson helps empower women and negotiate with employers to offer flexible working so they can stay in their careers. She negotiated her own senior role as a job-share, and in 2019 she set up the Careering Into Motherhood Facebook Group to promote discussion around flexible working, the group now has nearly 7,000 members and a successful women’s mentoring programme.
Poetry & Pain Relief
In this episode, Kitty Dimbleby, journalist and fellow working mother, talks about how poetry has helped her through some really challenging times, as a child and again now as an adult. Kitty’s resolution to read a poem a day throughout the year has led to her starting to write her own poetry, and then led to subsequent commissions and the likes of Bill Bailey reciting her work! We talk about the impact this has had on her ability to cope with extreme physical illness, and the mental challenges that come with it.
You can find out more about Kitty’s writing and follow her on Instagram @kittydimbleby
To find out more about us, go to www.careerintomotherhood.com
Women, Menopause & Work: An Interview With Dr Annice Mukherjee
Dr Annice is a highly qualified endocrinologist, specialising in hormonal changes resulting from the menopause. Her new book The Complete Guide to the Menopause is the only evidence-based book on the market, and tackles the complexities of menopause in the modern world.
In this episode, Jane and Dr Annice talk about the challenges of coping with menopause symptoms at work - given women over 50 are the fastest growing demographic in the UK workforce - and the challenges of being sandwiched between dependent children and elderly parents who need help, plus the effects of stress on menopause symptoms.
Dr Annice talks about her own experience of going through a chemically induced menopause in her early 40's and provides a heap of practical advice for women at any stage of life.
For details about our online masterclass with Dr Annice, sign up via our website www.carreeringintomotherhood.com
Dr Annice Mukherjee’s book is available from all good bookshops and via Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Guide-Menopause-Empowered-Life-Long/dp/1785043293
The Realities Of Going It Alone & Launching Your Own Business
Jodie Robertson left her job at the start of last year to launch her own business. She’d been thinking of doing something different for a while and, after some career coaching advice, she took the bull by the horns and set up her own independent travel company. But then the pandemic hit, and no one was travelling anywhere.... In this episode Jodie and Jane talk about the realities of starting a business, and running it in the pandemic.
Follow Jodie on Instagram @roundtheworld_jo or see www.jodierobertson.co.uk
For more details about Careering Into Motherhood see our website www.careeringintomotherhood.com
Career Transitions & A Truly Multi-Hyphenated Career With Natalie Shell
This week, Jane talks to Natalie Shell, speaker, coach, writer, brand expert and start-up – the list goes on. In this episode we talk about everything, including lockdown and homeschooling (obviously!) in the UK and Tel Aviv, but we also chat about careers, knowing when it’s time to move on, asking for help and Natalie's tips on how to do it. In fact, we cover so much in half an hour, you really just need to put your headphones on and listen!
Find out more about Natalie at www.natalieshell.comHere’s the article that led to Natalie and Jane originally connecting
This is a link to the cartoon Natalie discusses about the domestic load https://english.emmaclit.com/2019/01/17/do-you-want-me-to-do-it-no/
For more details of our charity coaching programmes, please join the Careering into Motherhood Facebook Group here https://www.facebook.com/CareeringintoMotherhood
The Power Of Music And Art: Can It Really Heal Us?
In two very different interviews, Jane talks to Gemma Francis, founder of The BIG Sing, about how music and singing has helped change lives, and to Carrie Scott, an art curator from the US who runs her own gallery in London, about careering into the world of art and how it’s helped her to get through some very dark times.Find out more about The BIG Sing choirs here, and click here to find out more about Carrie Scott’s work.
Facing And Coming Back From Redundancy In Motherhood
When Eleanor Tweddell was made redundant a few weeks before Christmas, she felt like her world had suddenly fallen apart. Feeling as though she’d let down the people who depended upon her most, and as though her career was in tatters, she hit rock bottom. But Eleanor’s new book is all about how she came back from that period and was able to rebuild her life, find joy in other things and re-evaluate what she really wanted and needed in her life. In this episode, we hear from women facing redundancy right now, and Eleanor shares some of the tools and advice she used to get herself back on track.For more help and advice, visit the Careering Into Motherhood Facebook group here.
A very powerful and empowering podcast for women. I love how the conversations help empower us listeners and we can gain great and valuable info as well.