In our personal and professional lives, it can feel like we’re being pulled in many directions at once.
Balancing motherhood with a successful career at Accenture taught me three important lessons about how to not just survive, but thrive through it all:
Plan and prioritize, and learn to say no.
My challenging, but rewarding career
Working as a Technology Consultant in the financial sector requires a lot of client stakeholder management, coordination and communication across the organization. These are all elements that make project work exciting.
One of my most memorable projects was implementing a new front-end solution for a partner working with a large Nordic insurance company. I was team lead for the design team, and we collaborated with a development team on the client site in the Philippines.
It was exciting because we worked in close cooperation with the end users, who appreciated the solution we developed. We also had good cooperation and a great atmosphere in the project team, even though we were working across countries. It was challenging, and we worked really hard and long hours, but that also made our team a close-knit group—and we had a lot of fun in the process.
My Accenture team at the client in Denmark is made up of around 40 people. It’s a very diverse team and the roles span the end-to-end spectrum—from developers to delivery leads. Even though we are from different cultures and backgrounds and are working on various projects, we have a strong team spirit.
My challenging, but rewarding family life
The culture and leadership at Accenture helped me grow my career without sacrificing time with my family. In fact, my two most recent promotions happened while I was on maternity leave. It’s a good feeling knowing that you are not forgotten about even if you are at home for a while and that all the hard work done before the leave is still valued.
One of the ways I stayed connected during my first maternity leave was joining an Accenture “baby club” with other parents on leave. It was nice to meet the other parents, and it made me feel less disconnected from work.
Balancing work and family is not always easy. Children cannot always wait, and they don’t care if you are busy at work—they still require your time and attention. That’s why planning is so important. I book time in my calendar for everything—both personal and professional.
Another lesson I’ve learned is when to say no! I prioritize the most important things and say no or postpone the things that aren’t as crucial. It has taken me some time, but I realized that I cannot do it all. There are times in life where certain things are prioritized above others.
The life of a consultant
Many people with families hesitate to become consultants because there are many preconceived notions about day-to-day life. While it’s hard work, it’s also, in many cases, a job with a somewhat flexible schedule.
Accenture has a good work-life balance focus and is open for discussing flexible work arrangements. It’s important to advocate for yourself, how much you work and how you structure your workday. Accenture gives you the options to do that.
Be valued for who you are and do work that makes a difference every day. Find your fit with Accenture.
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