Jennie Drimmer ’99, sales director at a global firm, with her two sons, Ethan and Theo.

Jennie Drimmer ’99, sales director at a global firm, with her two sons, Ethan and Theo.

I feel very fortunate to live in the United Kingdom, where you have 12 months of maternity leave and are able to request a return part time afterward. If I had three tips for myself years ago they would be:

  • Don’t leave the workplace, if possible. Ramping up is easier to do than starting afresh. The young baby stage doesn’t last forever, even if it feels like it.
  • Make peace with your choices. I have taken a different career path because of choosing to work part time.
  • Find a partner who will tag team with you on the juggle that working and raising children is; regularly revisit the balance between you to make sure it feels right.

—Jennie Drimmer ’99, two children, 5 and 8

 

SAQ, Winter 2015–16