Kids vs. Career

Business Support Professional & Managerial

This topic can be pretty controversial – mostly because there are some people out there who can certainly do both, and do both successfully. Even some of my fellow high performing Madisonites have children and are amazing at their job! I don’t have children (yet…); part of my reluctance stems from the fact that I don’t know if I can do both.

So, let’s just start from the beginning. You give your body up for 9 months to hold this “little guy/girl”, During this time, you are still working and life can carry on as normal – or as normal as it can be with something inside of you. You might get sick, feel tired, and be grumpy – but I can handle all of that. It’s not until after the “push” that things start to change.

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Image courtesy of papaija2008 /

Let’s say I take a year off – that’s a year out of the industry! So much happens in just one year. In one year, Madison places approximately 3,000 people into new roles. That’s a lot of moving, and a lot of change! Having to adjust to the workforce after a year with no income is obvious – but how would it impact my everyday life? Let’s break it down…

As it stands:
5.30am – Time to get up and get ready for work! Read emails.
6.15am – Leave house and drive to work.
7.00am – In the office and ready to start my day.
Complete a day of work!
6.00pm – Leave work and drive home.
6.45pm – Arrive home, cook dinner (something semi-easy…chicken with roast veges? Maybe a bit of gravy?)
8.00pm – Check emails, respond to a few applications, complete a load of washing, take the dogs for a walk.
8.45pm – Shower, get ready for bed, read a book or watch a bit of TV.
9.30pm – Check emails one last time. Bed time!

Where in that day would I find time to look after a baby? Maybe if I trade the chicken and veges for microwave meals? Or I just shower once a week? I don’t know how I’d do it. What if I was woken up 3 times in the night and had to present to a client the following morning – surely I wouldn’t be able to give my “A” game? I can’t imagine the thought of having to get someone else ready at 5.30am – or worrying about what they were going to have for breakfast – let alone having to make sure they were happy and ready to start their day!

What happens when they wake up sick on the day you have your CEO in town? “…sorry Simon, my kid is vomming so I can’t come in today”. If you’re lucky enough to have a supportive partner, I’m sure you can always turn to them and ask if they can take the hit for the day – but there will come a time when it will be you that needs to take the day off!

I guess I’m sounding pretty selfish, and I guess that’s a sign that I’m not ready to have kids just yet, but for me, at this point in time, I think I would get more satisfaction out of winning a new client or placing the perfect contractor than I would seeing little Johnny take his first step. But maybe that’s a sure sign that this recruiter isn’t ready to reproduce!

I know it all might change one day – and I’m pretty hopeful that it will – but full credit to the working Mums of this world. Who knows when my nappy changing hands may be ready for use?!