When should mothers take a career break?

Everyone thinks the first few years are the hardest, but could we need a second maternity leave once our children become teenagers? “Babies are easy, anyone can look after them, it’s when they get to teenagers things really start to get difficult, I took two years off work when my daughters were 13 and 15…

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Flexible working: Melissa Mitchell, CEO and founder of VOLO

Struggling to juggle your career with childcare? Is your 9-5 incompatible with family life? This series talks to inspirational parents who are finding new flexible ways of working and finds out what it’s really like making it on your own What do you do?  I’m the founder and CEO of Volo Group, a social enterprise that uses…

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Five tips for new investors

Investing as part of a portfolio career A few years ago I had a go at investing in some shares. I didn’t put much in, but I wanted to learn how to do it, and also have a bit of fun. I made a little bit but lost most of it. Lesson learnt. But with…

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Why are working mums looking to the gig economy?

A landmark report by McKinsey this week has confirmed what most working parents already know – that working mums (and some working dads) are embracing the gig economy and ditching the traditional 9-5 jobs they had before children. The report shows that finds that up to 162 million people in Europe and the United States—or 20…

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LEAVING THE 9-5: AMY BEESON, AUTHOR AND BRAND CONSULTANT

Are you fed up with working full time? Desperate to spend more time with your children rather than being chained to an office five days a week?  This series talks to parents who have left their full-time jobs for more flexible ways of working. What do you do? I’m an author and a creative brand and…

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