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What do you feel about women who have to face

What do you feel about women who have to face a step down in their careers after giving time to their newborns and taking a break of at least six months? Did this happen to you too?

Fairygodboss member Anonymous

  • Fairygodboss member

    I'm going through such a phase right now. I am very career-focused and always have been. On one hand, I am at a point where I feel I have enough experience that my career can really take off. I'm getting opportunities that I was dreaming about on the other hand, I am very much looking forward to having my first child and can't wait. Its been an amazing journey. I have supportive workmates too and that is the most awesome thing you can ask for. I'm dealing with it one day at a time. Some days I'm like, let me just forget about work and take a break. I deserve it and on other days I get a FOMO feeling. I'm trying to do what I can and hope for the best. I do feel like companies should do more to help women come back and get upto speed. I feel like these are one in a lifetime years and trying to focus on careers shouldnt leave a bad taste in our mouths or we shouldnt have to feel like we have to choose.

  • Fairygodboss member

    A step down for a career orientated woman, who is now a mom, can be tough. But once you become a parent you need to mentally prioritize your life responsibilities. I took a step back which was tough but I also excelled in many other areas. There is so many more ways to define yourself and self-confidence than through the traditional career aspect. You need to find what is that something "new" that works for you. If you love your career there may be a possibility to still do it part-time.

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