Member Since: 30th Oct 2007
Chartered Management Accountant Midas Accountancy
18th Feb 2012
Each to their own
Despite my alterego, I am in fact a mother of 2 working in practice. I went back to work after 4 months maternity leave with my first child and hated it so much I only managed 3 months before bailing to a part-time job, which I also hated. All the while I was trying (with very little success) to get my fledgling practice off the ground. I was actually made redundant whilst on maternity leave with child number 2, which was a blessing in disguise. Now I'm getting to the stage where both children will be at school full-time soon, and despite being in practice being a constant uphill struggle I just can't get to grips with how families cope where both parents are working full-time, even with children at school full-time. How must they cope with the summer holidays?
I know it can be done, but I think you must really love your career to make that compromise. Working for myself, should in theory be easier, however it is impossible to switch off and rather than giving me the flexibility to choose when I work it becomes and 24 hour operation with clients calling while I'm trying to spend some quality time with my pre-schooler, evenings taken up working, devising marketing strategies, etc.
Having said that, as my husband constantly reminds me, I would go nuts if I didn't work at all (not that it's a feasible option financially).
So, in my experience, there is no easy way. Working mums really need to think hard about what they really want, and not feel guilty if they choose the office job rather than the uncertainty of self-employment.
I really hope you find it easy to make that decision and look forward to hearing through your blogs how you get on!
10th Mar 2011
Does that mean our annual subscriptions will decrease?
3rd Mar 2011
Well that woke me up!
I'd be interested to hear from other CIMA members on this. Is this going to devalue our qualification in any way?
I guess I've always felt that being part of the CCAB made CIMA stand out in the same way the ACCA and ICAEW are considered in the accounting community.
28th Jan 2010
I can highly recommend the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People for anyone who is having difficulty with time management. Just a thought.