(Closed) Having children & career: How did/will having children impact your career goals?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012
  • How old were you/will you be when you have children?

Im currently 30, about to start my MSc in a different country, so at earliest we will be TTC in a couple of years.

  • How did/will having a child impact your career goals?

I work in the oil industry, currently in a mid-level position with tons of potential, so this definitely influenced in my decision.  Our plan when we got married was to TTC when we turned 30 (a couple of months ago), but I decided to go for my MSc in Energy instead (on a full scholarship) 

  • Did/are you planing children around your career goals?

Yes, as explained in the point before.  I didn’t initially but I turned out to be pretty good in my field, I love what I do and it surely pays the bills.  However, I will not let my career stop me from reaching my other goals, particularly having a baby, so no matter how good I’m doing, I’m having a baby at 35 (the latest)

  • Do you wish you had children at a different point in your career? (i.e., wish you were younger/older)

Sometimes I wish I had done it younger, but I have really enjoyed my life and have great plans for the following years, so, not really.  

Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012
  • How old were you/will you be when you have children?
    • Well, we are both 30 right now..  I don’t think we will start trying until next year, so realistically it will be around 32 (maybe 33) when our first child appears.. If everything goes smoothly without complications.<br /><br />

 

  • How did/will having a child impact your career goals?
    • I just did a big career change this year and had to go away for training.  If we had children it would have made things more difficult.  I am not sure if I would have done the same thing if we had a baby.  Later on, it might delay my advancement and being to try different opportunities but I am OK with that.  But now because of that delay I have a life long career and I am set for life.

 

  • Did/are you planning children around your career goals?
    • Yes, realistically at this time last year it kinda was at that point in my life of having a child vs my career decision.  I was unhappy with my last job and would have been fine to go on maternity leave and start a family.  But I had another possible job opportunity and I went for it, and got it!  So because of that, it delayed our plans for children by quite a while.. Since I had to go for training and now I am learning the job, have to be on probation and have to wait to get benefits…<br /><br />

 

  • Do you wish you had children at a different point in your career? (i.e., wish you were younger/older)<br />
    • I do wish I was a bit younger..  That maybe I would have had the baby when I was 30 and not after.. But, life doesn’t always work out the way you expect it to and it turned out the way it did.  Maybe if I realized that my job wasn’t going the way I thought earlier I could have done something about it but oh well.
  • This reply was modified 5 years, 9 months ago by  Silverblade.
Post # 33
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

How old were you/will you be when you have children?

Hopefully our first will arrive next winter. I just started on a new career path with the company I’ve been with for the last couple of years, so we think it’s wise to let me settle into the role first.

How did/will having a child impact your career goals?

It’s hard to say. My job will allow me to work from home, but I won’t exactly be able to take our child(ren) to meetings and on sales calls during the work-week. If I’m being completely honest, the older I get, the more I want to stay home with babies, teach them, watch them grow, and just be that stay at home mom that loves it. My dream life would be staying home with my babies and writing children’s books. But I am flexible. I’ll do what I have to do.

Did/are you planning children around your career goals?

We mainly planned children around our home. Now that we’re moving into our family home, kids are on the menu. In our tiny duplex, it was kind of out of the question.

 

Do you wish you had children at a different point in your career? (i.e., wish you were younger/older) 

I thought I’d have kids at 25/26, but I have no regrets. I needed to grow up, and Darling Husband and I have had 8 wonderful years to ourselves and now we are completely ready to start a family.

 

Post # 34
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108 posts
Blushing bee
  • How old were you/will you be when you have children?  <br />I was 26 years old when I had my daughter.
  • How did/will having a child impact your career goals?  <br />At the time, I thought that I could take night classes at my state university in preparation for a career change in a scientic field while being pregnant and after I gave birth.  I quickly realized that my pregnancy wouldn’t allow me to work over 40 hours/week and then spend 15 hours/week in lectures.  A newborn baby would allow it even less.  I was also in the interview process for a job that would have been too physically stressful on a pregnancy, so I had to quit the interview process.
  • Did/are you planing children around your career goals?  <br />I did not plan having my child around my career goals.
  • Do you wish you had children at a different point in your career? (i.e., wish you were younger/older)  <br />No, I don’t wish I would have had my daughter at a different point in my career.  Instead, I wish I would have taken the classes that I wanted to take while I was younger to get them out of the way.  It is still possible to fullfill my studies, I will just probably be the oldest person in the room.  Other than my studies, I don’t think that having a child has had much impact on my career.  I have been given significantly more responsiblities and compensation at work, so I feel like I am getting ahead.

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