Here's Kristin's story. The creative mother of two shares her lessons learned in moving country and starting new career after kids.
1. Tell us a little about your career background before taking a career break?
After 9 years as a Fashion Editor on Harper’s Bazaar and Teen Vogue Magazine in New York we moved home when my oldest son was 6 weeks old. In Australia I transitioned over to Harper’s Bazaar Australia and flipped a house, all while Jackson was under 6 months of age. Looking back now, I recall that the time was too stressful. I learned a big lesson and decided to take a bit more time off when my daughter was born 18 months later.
2. What was the hardest thing you found about returning to work after a career break?
I found the transition back rather smooth, although becoming a mother meant that my interests had changed, so I went back to study again to develop a new skillset.
3. What job-search strategy or approach was most effective in landing yourself a role?
Tapping into my network of other creatives was vital. Working with other creatives is the way I learn and add to my contact list. With a wonderful network of people I can trust and receive honest answers from, I can ensure I make the best decisions for me and my family.
4. What were your biggest motivators to return to work and what continues to motivate you to balance work and family?
The love of my own career, I am passionate about my work and very grateful to have amazing teams of women to work alongside with.
5. What are your top 3 challenges of balancing work and family and how do you manage them?
Not being there 100% when my children need me can be hard. Balancing the demands of clients and my family is another challenge and finding constant energy to keep up with the pace. I do love my sleep and balance, as well as making time for exercise.
6. If you could offer just one bit of advice to a mother considering a return to work after a career break, what would it be?
If I could have my time again, I would take more time off with each newborn. There's no need to rush your career. If this is a luxury you can afford, I do recommend it. Your babies won’t be babies for long, so do what is right for you and your family.
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