Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Choosing the right time in your career to start a family

The recent news coverage of the birth of Prince George has no doubt prompted a lot of thought about starting a family.  There will of course be those of you who are fed up of hearing about the baby Prince and have not given it a second thought but there will also be a number of you who are wondering when it will be your turn to make this step into parenthood.

If you are mulling over the idea of parenthood, I am sure much of your thought is taken up by the future of your career.  How will my career and a baby fit together?  Will my chances of a promotion diminish?  Will I ever achieve a work-life balance? Often the biggest question of all is...

When is the right time in my career to start a family?

A challenging question to answer and a question only you can answer. You have to do what is right for you in the circumstances taking into account practical, financial and emotional considerations. 

 As you think about your answer, here are some links to recent articles on the subject that you may find interesting.·        
  • Women delay careers to have children.  According to research by the London School of Economics, women are putting off their career to have children.  The article states that the proportion of women born between 1985 and 1994 in the work place is lower than those born 10 years earlier.  Would you want to delay your career to have children?

  • The public want William and Kate to return to royal duties.  According to YouGov research for the Sunday Times, the public think the Duke and Duchess should return to duties soon rather than giving up time to spend with their baby.  When would you want to return to work after having a baby? 

Remember, although these articles may give some thought on the subject, it is ultimately your decision.


Monday, 15 July 2013

Even Wimbledon champions have a team behind them – Who’s on your team?

We all need a team to help us achieve our career ambitions.  Attempting to progress alone will not only increase your work load but cause significant stress.  A team can help strengthen your abilities and accelerate your achievements.

For Andy Murray, winning Wimbledon was one of his major career ambitions but he did not attempt to win it alone.  Throughout his career he carefully built a team around him and he uses this team to support and influence him.  This is the team that helped him to win Wimbledon.
Do you have the right team supporting your career?
To help you identify your team members, first have a look at Andy Murray’s team:

‘Team Murray’

·         Ivan Lendl – coach, ensuring Andy is in top shape and provides him with mental strength.
·         Jez Green – fitness coach, ensuring Murray has the stamina to compete.
·         Dani Vallverdu – assistant coach, tactical analyst and hitting partner.
·         Matt Little – strength and conditioning coach, helping to ensure Murray survives injury-free.
·         Johan de Beer/Andy Ireland – physiotherapist, helping Murray to recover from injury.
·         Louise Irving and Matt Gentry – PR team.


·         Mother – helped Andy to grow as a tennis player
·         Girlfriend – emotional support
·         Father – emotional support

Each member of Andy’s team plays a vital role in providing him with the physical and emotional support required to achieve.  

Now think about how you can form the equivalent team to help build your career.  Here are some ideas:

·         Your family/partner – emotional support
·         Boss – providing guidance and teaching.
·         Colleagues – to build skills and share ideas.
·         Previous boss/colleagues/your outside network – can help when you are ‘stuck in a rut’.
·         Career and Performance Coach – enhancing skills and performance as well as mental strength. 
·         Referees – your PR team.

Start building your team now.  Give yourself a head start and ensure you have the right team to help you achieve your career ambitions.