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Why did you join the PCN network?
I had my first daughter in 2017 and upon returning to work after maternity leave I found it challenging to balance everything – work, childcare, family and social life. I wanted to hear from people in the bank in similar situations and therefore joined the PCN network and later on became the co-chair. Throughout my career I’ve not been very active with the networks but this life-event made me want to get more involved and understand better the benefits that were available to employees as well as other relevant topics to parents.
What benefits does being part of a network offer?
Aside from the obvious ones such as getting access to multiple events and sharing similar experiences with co-workers, the connections I’ve made in the network have been so valuable. I have been able to meet people that I may never have met outside of PCN including my co-chair, Eoin Kashishian. These relationships are beneficial on a personal and professional level.
How does the bank support working mothers?
It provides a lot of great benefits even before the baby arrives. I took up the maternity coaching and found it really useful in making the transition back to work and setting boundaries around what sort of work pattern I wanted when I returned.
I would encourage everyone to be open with their manager about your needs. The bank also provides support through an Employee Assistance Programme should you wish to speak with someone for confidential support.
Do you have any advice for other working mums or those soon to become a working mum?
10-15 years ago there was this misconception that women had to sacrifice their careers to raise a family. But as long as you set boundaries, be at work or at home, and accept that at times there may be things that you won’t be able to do, you can be successful in both.
What advice would you give a parent/carer who is looking to returning to work after an extended period of leave or career break?
Allow yourself time. It may take several weeks or months to get back into the flow and adjust to your new routine but it will happen. Recognise the new skills you have and remember your old skills don’t go away. Be confident in what you do and speak up when you need help. Join the many employee networks to help give you support and connect with people in a similar situation. You are not alone!