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Workplace worries May 6, 2010

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I started back at work after maternity leave on 6th April and its not bad but its not going great either.  I work in an office full of men.  The only other woman there is the receptionist.  I don’t mind this, I’ve always had men friends and get on with them all ok, but since returning to work I just don’t feel like I’m being treated equally due to now being a ‘part-timer’. 

While I was off work, I took and passed my final accountancy exam.  Now, if this had happened while I was in work I would have immediately been given a payrise.  I was paid last Friday and am I now rich?  No, I now get 3/5 of what I did before.  Lucky me, eh?  I haven’t brought this up as 1) I hate confrontation and 2) I’m not actually sure I do anything more to justify a payrise, other than now having letters after my name.

Its not all about the money though.  In the last 2 weeks I’ve done a whopping 2 actual accountancy jobs and the rest of my time has been spent doing things that a junior could do and to be honest its very demotivating. 

I’m undecided what I should do really.  I like the people I work with, its only a 15 minute drive from home and they’re really flexible, but surely I deserve more?  8 years of studying, 8 years accountancy experience to be treated as though I’ve just started out?  On the other hand, whats the chances of me finding another job, less than an hours commute, with a half decent salary, that’ll let me work part-time? 

I think I’ll give it to the end of the year then review things again.  In the meantime I’ll just have to work my arse off trying to prove a point!

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Returning to work April 20, 2010

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My maternity leave began on Friday 29th May 2009.  At that point in time, I couldn’t ever imagine coming back.  10 months seemed like a lifetime to be away from work.  I mean, a whole 10 months?  The longest I’d ever been away from work was 2 weeks & 2 days, and that was when I got married.

So, off I went on maternity leave.  The first week didn’t really count as I was revising for my final accountancy exam which I sat at 37 weeks pregnant!  But then I was free, until 3 weeks later when my beautiful daughter arrived, the day before her due date.

The next few months were spent getting used to having this little baby around.  We went on walks, went to playgroups and had lazy pj days too, I just couldn’t imagine having to leave her, ever.

Then, when we got into 2010, friends and family kept asking me the question of when I was returning to work, and time seemed to go faster and faster until suddenly it was April and the time had come.

So, at 8am on Tuesday 6th April, we arrived at my mums house and there I left my baby as I set off to work.  Within 2 hours of being there it was like I’d never been away.  And despite missing my baby, it really wasn’t that bad.  I think ‘enjoyed’ is the wrong word to use but it was odd, and kinda nice, to just be able to get on with work.  It was as if, for the last 10 months of my life, I’d just been a mummy and that was it.  I’d forgotten what it was like to be anything else.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ll always be a mummy first, and if the chance ever arose I’d leave work and be a SAHM like a shot but I think I was just more surprised at my feelings on that first day of work.

Now, 2 weeks later, and we’re both getting used to our new routine and it makes me realise just how special every moment I spend with C is.