As a mum who had been out of the workforce for a couple years, Natalie didn’t feel that it would be easy to find an employer who would give her a part time job opportunity, especially given the type of work that she had done previously, project Management, which is mostly full time positions.
Finding FlexCareers on Facebook was the start of finding her perfect role for. “I loved the idea that there was a business dedicated to helping talented women get back into the workforce in a flexible capacity.” She continued, “I wasn’t actively seeking job opportunities but this job appeared in my newsfeed on Facebook. I was overseas at the time and applied when I got back. I got an interview and as they say, the rest is history!”.
Natalie’s greatest fear about returning to work was that she would not find the flexibility she needed to progress her career whilst caring for her young family. She had planned to start work when her second son was 1 years old, however, she could not pass up this brilliant opportunity when it came a little earlier than expected. She negotiated working 2 days per week for the first few months and then increase it to the advertised 3 days per week. She is very grateful that her manager is a mum herself and understands the importance of flexibility and family.
Natalie’s positivity resonated in the FlexCareers office and Director, Marko Njvaro was humbled by her story, “Good news stories like Natalie’s is what keeps us motivated to do more for women in the workplace and continue advocating for flexible roles with employers.”
From her experience of returning to work, Natalie encourages other women to:
- Be confident in your ability and what you have to offer an organization
- Don’t be afraid to broaden your horizons and try something different.
- Ask for what you want in terms of flexibility. You’ll be surprised at how flexible employers will be when they see how much you have to offer.
- Be aware of what opportunities are out there, even if you aren’t actively looking. You might stumble upon the perfect role!
Natalie concludes, “I found the perfect job opportunity through FlexCareers, which I probably would not have found through any other source. This is not just a career for me, it is a passion and given the company I work for is a small company, I plan on helping this company grow and growing with it in whichever direction it heads!”