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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Children Changing Careers p:15- Pamela from abfiftyone

children changing careers - Pamela from abfiftyone

Welcome to part 15 of the blog series 'Children Changing Careers' - A series for parents who have pulled off a career change after having children.

This week's post features Pamela from abfiftyone 

Here is her career changing story...

Tell me about your life, background and career before children?

Before children, I was the ultimate career woman. After graduating from University with honours, I started a career in marketing. I spent the next 10 years climbing the career ladder, honing my marketing skills to both B2C and B2B sectors as a marketing manager. It was long days, starting at 5am and sometime not ending until 7pm, but I loved the thrill of it all.

Did you return to your job/position after your maternity? 

After having our first daughter, I hadn't envisaged going back to work. However, the perfect opportunity to work from home came about and I couldn't really turn it down. I got bitten by the career bug again after a couple of months and my 18hr week from home turned into a 4 day week in the office over the space of 6 months. I then spent 2 years taking my marketing skills into the oil & gas industry and securing myself the best possible position I could before we had our second daughter. The industry became very insecure and what was once a rather fruitful position, became redundant just as my maternity leave began.

children changing careers - Pamela from abfiftyone

What were your reasons for leaving your previous career? Why did you decide not to stay?

After my position was made redundant, I lost the ability to be able to 'return to work' in a flexible capacity. Meaning that my options were to either return full time or change my path. As the marketplace had become rather flooded and salaries started to dip, I started to do my sums and quickly worked out that I would be better off setting up my own marketing company, AB Fiftyone.

Tell me about your new career now: 

Rather bizarre to say, but I am now Managing Director of my own marketing company (but I'm also CEO of tea making and head of admin!) I spend my time helping companies in Aberdeen (and UK wide) devise a marketing strategy that is suited to the digital era. Everything from content marketing, shooting video, setting up social strategies to blogger services & outreach and email campaigns. Sure, I don't have the security of the regular pay cheque coming in every month, but I no longer have a 60 mile daily commute and full time child care to cover. 

children changing careers - Pamela from abfiftyone

Talk me through an average day for you now? How much has your life changed?

My life is totally different and I'm still adapting! Thankfully with technology these days, I always have my office at my fingertips. That's what is so rewarding about the change. I now get to balance all the things in my life to suit the day at hand.

What is the best and worst thing about your new career?
Best thing has to be the balance it brings. It's become more possible to be a career woman, a mother, wife and home maker. The one thing I do miss though is the buzz of people, the antics...oh and I have a wardrobe of power suits that are wondering what happened!

children changing careers - Pamela from abfiftyone

Is there anything you miss about your previous career/life before children?

I'm not sure I would say miss. It's a new frame of mind and a completely different set of circumstances. My outlook has changed at this point in my life and balance is as important as money. The person I was in my 20's is different to the person I am now in my 30's.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to do what you have done?

Speak to everyone you know who has been on a similar journey. Pick their brains and learn from their mistakes. 

children changing careers - Pamela from abfiftyone

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