Danielle Barrett - Head of Marketing
Because having kids doesn't mean the end of your career.
“I don't think it matters if you are early twenties (I wish), thirties or early fifties, the worry of not keeping up with your career whilst being a good mum is real. My mantra for most days, dig deep and breathe.
It's different for every woman but for me maternity leave second time around was a challenge. I was hitting targets at work, my customers were happy, I had the support from a great team and I had never been late for a school pick up. The contrast to being sat on my own all day with no one to talk to and nothing to keep my mind active, I was at a loss.
Some may say it was too soon, but for me it was perfect, 6 months in and I was back at work 2 days a week. Sophia was in a loving environment with a doting nan and I could get my mind active again. Gradually that has built up and I can already see the progress I have made this year in the business, whilst also ensuring my girls have a mum who is ready to play when they get home.
Whether it's a women's prerogative or we do it naturally, I think working mums put a lot of pressure on themselves without really needing to. Upon reflection, in 2018 I went on maternity leave, had a baby, planned a wedding, returned to work, was never late for the school run, got married, created new processes and standards for the digital marketing team all whilst still hitting customers targets. And breathe, I think you will agree that's a lot by anyone's standards.
I am lucky as I am supported at Dreamscape by a team of great individuals, never have they cracked a joke or questioned why I leave at 3:30 on a Tuesday or why I am sending emails at 10pm. That maybe just the norm for them but for me their understanding, patience and supportive nature is exactly what I needed to keep it all together.
If it is a women's or a man's world is irrelevant for me, it's about finding the right team of people who support each other both at work and in their personal life”.