So you’ve peed on the stick and YAHOO – you’re growing a person! … now what?
Your life is about to get all kinds of crazy! Welcoming a new baby into the family is often an exciting and emotional time for new parents. It is also a significant life transition.
Join Meghan Reid, Practise lead and Registered Psychologist at Canada Career Counselling for tips and strategies for effectively managing your maternity leave.
Already on maternity leave? No problem, Meghan also has some great tips for returning to work re-energised and focussed according to your own version of success.
This phase of life may bring to mind images of parents decorating baby rooms and choosing baby names, but another crucial thing to consider is maternity leave career planning. Though this may not be the most popular topic of parenting books, it is still an important consideration.
Bringing a child into your life has both personal and professional impacts. Since 73% of mothers report working in either a part-time or full-time capacity (Statistics Canada, 2010), career planning is a crucial piece of the parenting transition.
So, what can you do to make this transition go as smoothly as possible for you? Even if your employer is not familiar with maternity leave career planning, the good news is that there are many strategies that you can initiate to optimize your maternity leave career transition.
Background. Canada Career Counselling – Managing Maternity Leave Playbook
To gain more insight into maternity leave and its impact on career development, Canada Career Counselling partnered with the Canadian Education Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) to conduct a three year, nationwide research project to better understand the perspectives of both employees and employers.
This study showed that over 38 per cent of females participating felt that maternity leave had a negative impact on promotional and career development opportunities, yet only 15 per cent of employers reported that it had a negative impact. Thus, there was a disconnect between how well employers thought that they were managing maternity leaves and what working mothers perceived.
The good news is that the research also found many simple, cost-effective best practices for maternity leave management, from both the employer and employee perspective. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Meghan what their study found.
Practice Lead – Toronto
Meghan Reid, M.A., Registered Psychologist
Since 2013, Meghan has supported hundreds of clients who were unhappy, unfulfilled or confused about their careers. Through the proprietary Canada Career Counselling process, Meghan helps her clients to clarify what they need in their careers to feel satisfied and fulfilled, review their career options, and make informed decisions about their next career move. In 2016, Meghan relocated to Toronto from Calgary to develop the Toronto practice.
Prior to joining Canada Career Counselling (Calgary Career Counselling), Meghan worked in post-secondary institutions where she facilitated career workshops and provided personal and academic counselling. She employs a holistic counselling approach when assisting career clients and uses a variety of methods including discussion, assessments, and independent exercises. Meghan has experience supporting both adolescents and adults and works collaboratively with individuals to explore their interests, values, personality, and strengths. In doing so, she aims to assist her clients in improving their self-awareness and self-efficacy in order to attain their career-related goals.
Meghan is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and the College of Alberta Psychologists. She holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University.
Canada Career Counseling
Established in 2009, Calgary Career Counselling and more recently, Canada Career Counselling, (CCC) is a firm of 10 psychologists as well as career coaches, all specializing in career planning. Together, CCC has over 125 years of career counselling experience. The firm specializes in providing one-on-one career counselling, outplacement services, retirement career planning, group workshops and corporate career development services.