My name is Jessica Dennien. I am a wife, mother and engineer, a "mumgineer". I work with individuals and employers to provide insights on how balance can be achieved within the workplace whilst ensuring an efficient, engaged workforce.

A common concern heard among the STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths) community is the difficulty in getting girls and women engaged in STEAM subjects and pursuing STEAM careers. But a conversation not as often had is the difficulty retaining women in STEAM careers.

Retaining women in these careers can be difficult particularly when they decide to start a family. Balancing a demanding STEAM career with family life can be difficult when the male dominated system expects mothers to adapt to it rather than updating the system to allow flexibility and work with ALL parents who want to achieve a better work / life balance.

Losing this talent is not only detrimental to the women who lose engagement in the workforce, but also to businesses that experience significant talent loss. This should be concerning to employers who are experiencing these types of losses as they are losing an investment when talent and IP leave their business.

Returning to Work Following Maternity Leave

Returning to work after taking any amount of time off can be difficult. Discrimination towards parents, particularly mothers, in the workplace is a very real occurrence which just adds to the stress. 

This three part article series will provide you with:

  • Tips on how to advance your career even while you're still on maternity leave
  • Overcome discrimination in your workplace
  • Negotiate flexible working conditions

Read more:
Part 1 - Returning to Work Following Maternity Leave
Part 2 - Overcoming Discrimination
Part 3 - Advancing Your Career



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