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.


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