Friday, October 5, 2012
Careers Highs and Lows: Challenges of a Woman - Marissa Mayer
Besides every other aspect of LIFE, like many women, a career seems to have it's Highs and Lows, Obstacles and Challenges.
Challenge: Being a Young Child Baring Age Woman: I have grown up in family that favors men over women. I've been taught that women need only to learn how to cook and clean and then marry off into a wealthy family and we are set! YA RIGHT! I threw that right out the window! Its as if this drive to prove my family wrong, that it is worth while to be a woman, I obtained my CFP (certified financial planners) designation and CGA (certified general accountant) designation by age 26.
However to play the equality card is tough. I know first hand that I've lost chances at a promising position because I was a young child baring age lady. So its a risk for companies to hire a young woman, since taking a 1 year maternity leave is costly in time, money and training, yet , if a woman takes a short maternity, leave, she is frowned upon by other women???!!!
Take Marissa Mayer, the CEO of yahoo, for example. She is getting all this bad rep for choosing to return back to work in less than a month after having her baby? Is she choosing her Career over her child? Personally, I think her decision is driven by what she thinks is best for her child and the family's future. I admire her persistence and determination and trust that the infusion of love we all receive once we give birth to a miracle will drive her to which ever path she is destined to go.
Bikram Yoga Vancouver took their chances with me as their new Corporate Accountant and shortly after, I became pregnant. I can't help but to feel like a let down, yet, I'm determined to channel this inner source of creativity, life force, and miracle into something beautiful during my time here.
The act of creating lives in me and I further channel that to create processes and systems that improves my employers business.
They say pregnant women get "mommy brain", which means more confused, forgetful and not performing at best. I admit, I am more forgetful, but that simply encourages me to document everything and organize my calendar better!
There is a softness when it comes to pregnant women. We are aware of stress on our growing child, so we eliminate stressers, like clutter, politics, and gossip. We tend not to stress the small stuff and focus on the long-term big picture and well being of our lives and careers, all integrated and working together synergistically. Its an opportunity to connect with people on a deeper level.
Like I mentioned before, for some reason, being pregnant has made me even more determined to channel this inner source of creativity, life force, and miracle into something beautiful at work. I want to do the best I can and transition to maternity leave with ease. In preparation, I've prepared an operations manual for my replacement and that in itself I believe is an asset to my employer.
Next Challenge - Taking Maternity Leave
I've blogged immensely about this during my first maternity leave with no maternity benefits since I was self employed, running El-Shaddai's. If you have read those posts, those were CHALLENGING times! I had envisioned myself returning to work in 3 months and was told by my doctors, friends and customers that 3 months is too soon, not only for the child, but for my own health as my body recovers from child birth. Well ... they were right! Feeding around the clock (every 2 hours, 24 hours a day for a month), while healing from stitches as my body adjusted to new hormone levels and weight all the while going through an emotional roller coaster of highs and lows, were not ideal circumstances for a functional working mother. But despite the challenges, I would do it all over again for the infusion of LOVE for your child and family is so empowering, it gives me strength each day to do my best!
I'm not here yet, as its still months away. But will continue later..
Thanks again for reading!! xoxo