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Back to school, back to you

It’s hard to believe that the Summer holidays are nearly over. Six weeks of picnics, beach trips, long walks, tantrums, grazed knees…you know the drill.

While the children in our lives are starting to pick out their new backpacks, a fun pencil case and of course be kitted out with new uniform they are going to grow out of by Christmas, what do you get out of it?

We think the start of the new school year can be a new start for you too! Whether you’ve taken an extended break, come back from holiday or just fancy a change, see September as a way to start afresh.

Here are a few ways we think you can kick start your new you.

Find out who it is you want to be
Sometimes the hardest part can be making a start. Do you want to change career? Do you have skills you feel are being wasted? Do you want to learn new skills?
Get a piece of paper and list your skills, your qualities and your dreams. This will lead you to discover what it is you need to work on.

Shed your skin
Obviously, we’re not talking literally, not only would that be inappropriate but also pretty messy. We mean more figuratively.
Do you often feel dowdy in your work clothes? Have you enjoyed Summer so much that office wear is horrifying? Or do you feel restricted and uninspired in your work clothes?
How you feel at work can have a massive impact on productivity – so don’t let it! There are simple changes you can make – try a different style of skirt, perhaps a colourful blouse with your pants suit or some fabulous shoes. Finding a way to show your individuality at work amongst the black and grey will not only make you feel better, but also make you stand out to seniors.

Learn something you never knew
Would knowing a foreign language help when travelling with work? How about some basic IT skills to stop you succumbing to the demon of technology? Or wanting to re-train completely? What is stopping you?!
Not only will learning new skills – whether for work or just yourself – will give you a sense of achievement as well as the possibility to meet new people.
Check out our latest training courses to see which new you is waiting right under your nose.

Mummies need new school bags too…
Why should the children have all the fun?!

Something that is always important, regardless of how you feel, is that you are not alone. We have a network of mummies ready to support and assist you with anything you need. With help from our digital mummy club, which offers mums a fantastic referral scheme (and a simple way to earn some high street vouchers before Christmas, to a listening ear (or keyboard) – there’s no shame in asking!

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Reflect, Refresh and Recharge

Refresh, reflect and recharge

Sometimes we just need a little push. To try a new food, to explore a new country, sometimes just to get out of bed in the morning. But often we don’t think about pushing ourselves.

The Summer, with the lighter evenings, warmer weather (theoretically) and slightly quieter workplaces due to various holidays, gives you a great opportunity to think about your skills and what you might need a little help with, as well as giving you the time to do something about it.

Thinking about training? Here are some things to think about before you get started:

Reflect

Take some time to reflect on your current skills. What do you feel are your strengths? Is there anything you’d like to know more about? Is there something you know would help you progress your career or business?

Make a list (we like a list) and prioritise.

Refresh

Do you have qualifications you’d like to update? Search for booster courses or updates that can add value to your current accreditations. This gives you a stronger standing in the marketplace and demonstrates to current and future employers that you are willing to keep up to date with the latest in your industry.

Recharge

Whether it’s a course in social media for business, customer service or negotiation skills, recharging yourself with knowledge and confidence can go a long way to getting you that job you’ve always wanted, or give you the push to start your own business.

Training doesn’t have to cost the earth or take over your life. We have a selection of courses for all budgets and lifestyles to get our mummies back into business!

Check out our range of courses at https://mummyjobs.co.uk/training

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Enjoying the great outdoors – without disrupting your working day

We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve come home from a day at work and realised the longest we have spent outside, is the distance from the car to the office or front door.

As we’re now heading into Summer, we thought we’d put together some ideas on how you can get that all important fresh air without disrupting your day.

Meetings
It’s easy to think that meetings should only take place in an office or boardroom and of course, some do require the equipment and privacy these venues afford. For those meetings that don’t however – take it outside!

If all you need is a pen, notepad and your colleagues, enjoy a walk in the local park or take the team to the nearest green space and sit on the grass together.

Being in the open air can boost creativity, build team relations and create a more relaxed, informal atmosphere, which can lead to more open and honest conversations.

Lunch
Who else is guilty of munching on a meal deal at their desk? It’s the easy option, but not the most hygienic. A recent infographic by Dettol demonstrates just how many germs you are sharing your lunch with.

Not only is it important to keep your meal to yourself, you need to be moving around and taking some time away from your screen.

When the weather allows, grab the nearest bench then sit and watch the world go past. You’ll feel calmer and ready to face the afternoon.

Walk it off
Incorporating exercise into your commute can not only improve your fitness, but also your mood – and your pocket!

So many of us don’t use our cars during the working day and can easily walk, jog or cycle to work.

Not only will you arrive to work feeling refreshed and awake, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment – and you don’t have to go to the gym (which we bet is inside!).

Work out
For some, the luxury of working from home or spending your days in the garden is a luxury. But for others, there are still opportunities to take your work outside.

Got a lot of calls to make? Need to brainstorm? Reading an important article? If you don’t absolutely need your computer screen, work outside! Those five minutes can make all the difference.

What is mainly important to bear in mind during your working day is that just the smallest amount of fresh air can make a huge difference to your mood, productivity and mental health. So make sure you’re getting enough of it!

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THE MUMMY of mummyjobs is very, very, tired.

THE MUMMY of mummyjobs has spent nearly every night of the last 2 weeks on the phone to the GoDaddy web development team in Arizona. This time it’s because she has accidentally deleted half of the Home Page (F.M.L.) and at 2am, CANNOT be arsed to try and fanny around figuring out how to get it back.

THE MUMMY of mummyjobs is aware that she has a very tricky 6am meeting with her 2 daughters in the morning that she will definitely NOT be allowed to call in sick for, or cancel and that the 3rd glass of Malbec in her hand was probably not the best idea she’s had this evening.

The clock is ticking past 2.30am… THE MUMMY of mummyjobs is now very tired (and a little tipsy), ‘GoDaddy Arizona’ has finally informed her how to fix her erroneous deletion of half the Home Page, but THE MUMMY of mummyjobs is still not able to rest.

No.

THE MUMMY of mummyjobs has been asked by her PR agency, Harvey & Hugo, to write a Blog about why she wanted to make the Mummyjobs.co.uk community site in the first place?

THE MUMMY of mummyjobs is currently so tired, that she cannot remember why she thought starting her own business would be a good idea and is not at all pleased that she cannot get out of writing the blog, she can’t, she was supposed to write said blog, 2 weeks ago…

So THE MUMMY of mummyjobs wrote;

“Hi.

My name is Cheney Hamilton and I’m a border line Alcoholic (that’s a joke, although I do enjoy the occasional bottle of wine!), as well as THE MUMMY of mummyjobs.co.uk

I am currently serving my second sentence of maternity leave (I’m 7 months in) and somewhat surprisingly I have grown very fond of my inmates. They are fast becoming my best friends and keep me constantly entertained.

My first sentence was spent longing for my adult counterparts and a life outside the front door; amazing how a little thing like a child born with hip dysplasia can so easily and fundamentally rock your world – The short story?  My Bea was trussed up in a Pavlik Harness at 6 weeks, Frog Cast at 8 weeks, all clear at 4 months, relapse at 6 months, surgery at 10 months, full body Hip Spica until she was 13 months old; which at least allowed us to have an Happy effing 2nd Christmas, thank you very much.  The long story was filled with tears, trauma and a profound wonder at how resilient that this little life which we had brought into the world, could be. (If you’re interested, or anyone out there is going through this – please do get in touch – I’ll give you the long story with a happy ending!)

Anyway, as you might imagine, I went running back to work after 5 months – thank the Lord for the MP who allowed parents to split maternity leave, thank him even more for my more than willing husband!

Back to my second sentence and I can honestly say that I had every intention of going back to my career. My employer was great with everything I went through with Bea, I really couldn’t have asked for more than the understanding and support I received. But this time something felt different…

It’s true that I still miss adult interaction and the buzz of being on a sales floor, but there is something deeply gratifying in spending the days with my children and watching them grow. Wondering where they learnt that funny phrase, or marvelling at how quickly they grasped the concept of things that we as adults would take an age to learn.

So I started to map out how I could make it work; be home with the kids, but still have a career and bring home the bacon.  For me it was simple. I took something that I was good at and merged it with the one thing I will always need help and support with. Digital Sales & Motherhood – I will let you decide which is which! So mummyjobs.co.uk was born – and Not to get mums a job, as one might think from its name; but to be a tool, a confidant, a support and hopefully a friend who helps mums get on with the job of being a mum, in whatever form she needs it.

So that’s what I did and why I did it.

I’m happy to say my girls are both well – they are already confident, strong, independent women who know what they want and exactly how to get it…

They are 2½ and 7 months old respectively.”

It’s now 3am, THE MUMMY of mummyjobs has only 1 more sleep until the launch of mummyjobs.co.uk as well as that very early meeting with the kids. Her last bottle of Malbec has just dripped its last drop – it must be time for bed.

Good Night.

 

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Don’t give in to guilt, you’ve worked hard for your career

When you have children, your list of job roles suddenly multiplies. You become a mother, a caregiver, a nurse, a protector and many more. But one title many mothers feel guilty about is one they held long before their little bundle came along; employee.

Some women will choose to step right back into their career, others will take up new challenges, perhaps working from home or setting up a business. No matter which applies to you, there is one common thread; you have nothing to feel guilty about. Science says so.

A study led by New York’s Columbia University School of Social Work found that while there are downsides to mothers returning to work during their child’s first year, there are also significant advantages, including an increase in household income and a greater likelihood that children receive a high quality of care.

Here are some things to remember when feeling guilty about returning to work:

Life is full of sacrifices
There will always be compromises and sacrifices when it comes to combining being a mother and having a career. What’s important is that you remember why you are making them in the first place.
Make a list of the reasons why you go to work – money, sanity, friends that don’t wipe their sticky fingers on your clothes (we hope!). Although there will be times you miss a dance show or a school assembly, your family and yourself are all better off with you having a rewarding and satisfying career.

Should is not a word that belongs in your vocabulary
Do you remember your mum screaming on the sidelines at every football game? How about right at the front for the Christmas production every year? No? That’s because it’s unrealistic, especially for working mums!
‘Should’ is an unhealthy way of looking at your parental responsibilities. Once you replace it with ‘could’, you’ll find yourself feeling less guilty about choosing to work late on that all important project than being at the fourth performance of Jimmy being second octopus in the school play.

‘Good enough’, is good enough
You’ve made the decision to go back to work and your career is going better than ever – but you’re working yourself into the ground by overcompensating at home to be the ‘perfect parent’. If you find what that is – do let us know!
Going to work doesn’t mean it’s more important than your children, it’s just important to you. So when you’re at home, be present, be happy and be a role model. Don’t try to be perfect.

Although being a mother is possibly the most rewarding career you will ever have, you never need to feel guilty about going to work and doing something for you.

If you want to chat to like-minded mothers, or want to get something off your chest, join the conversation here.