Welcome to Meet the Working Mum Interview. Today we meet Emma Devere. Emma works in property management and also blog at Mummy Em Blog
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An intro and a little bit about you, your family and where you live.
I am a mum of 1 very fiesty 3 year old. I live with my husband Paul who I have been with for 15 years and married to for 4. We live in Newbury park which is Essex/East London. It’s not a forever home but it suits us for now.
What do you do for a job? Is it what you have always wanted to do?
I work in property management.This is basically looking after blocks of flats. I have been at the same job since I was 19. When I was growing up I wanted to work in fashion and be like the Devil wears Prada.
What was your motivation to return to work?
MONEY! Yep we needed the money.
How many hours do you work a week?
35 hours a week.
Do you have to travel far from where you live to where you work?
I am lucky that I can walk to work in 25 minutes.
If you use public transport what do you do to pass the time on your commute?
Depend on husband’s work schdule I will take Chloe to nursery before work. This means 2 buses to nursery and a bus to work. I usually use this time to look through social media, listen to music and apply my make up if it has been a mad morning.
What do you do for childcare? Does this work for you?
Chloe goes to nursery 2 full days a week, but some weeks if my husband is working all week she will go 5 days. Our nursery is great and we can tell them on the day if she needs to go or not. As my husband does shift work life is a bit up and down sometimes. On the weeks he is not working my husband looks after Chloe and they have days out together.
What does your morning routine look like? What do you do to get you all out of the house on time?
Each morning is different depending on if we have the nursery run. It is always a rush with a lot of begging for small people to go to the toilet, eat breakfast and get dressed. 99% of the time I am walking out the door with wet hair and no make up.
What do you like about being a working mum?
I enjoy having money to go out and do stuff and not having to worry about not being able to treat Chloe. I also like that I have that bit of time of being Emma not just “mum”
What don’t you like about being a working mum?
Leaving her when see is crying for me to stay or feeling bad that I am missing out on days and 1st with her.
What would you change? Hours you work, commute you have to make etc.
I am pretty lucky with my work that they have let me change my hours and I have actually increased my hours. I am actually happy with my work life balance at the moment.
What three tips would you pass onto a mum about to start back at work?
Talk to your employer and explain. What you need to make it work for you. Know your rights, and most importantly don’t feel guilty, you are doing this for your family after all.
For fun show us a picture of your work handbag.
My 3 year olds sunglasses and spare t shirt. Always have a pack of wipes. There are usually spare knickers for her as well and I can’t tell you the amount if times I have pulled them out in the Tesco queue hunting for my purse!
Thank you so much for taking part in the Meet the Mum interview series Emma. I totally agree with your three tips, talking to your employer about what it is right for both of you.
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