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.

Transitioning to Motherhood

Going from working full-time and being career focused to becoming a mum and trying to figure out how to balance everything can be very daunting! 

If we're being honest, none of us really knows what we're doing. We are just trying to make it through each day with our sanity! However, if there are things we can do to help our transition into motherhood then I'm all for sharing them!

In this three part article series you will:

  • Learn how to overcome "mum guilt" 
  • Understand the judgement that you give and receive
  • Understand your loss of self
  • Learn how to regain your sense of self
  • Learn ways of improving efficiency and mindset in an effort to "juggle it all"

Read more:
Part 1 - Experiencing loss of self and regaining your self worth
Part 2 - Overcoming judgement and mum guilt
Part 3 - How you can juggle it all