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5 Ways My Corporate Job Prepared me for Motherhood


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5 Ways My Corporate Job Prepared me for Motherhood | Baby & Beyond

Being a parent is hard work and nothing entirely prepares you for it. I spent 8 years in the corporate world, before hanging up my blazer and becoming a full-time mom, part-time professional and leisure-time blogger. Though my corporate stint seems like another lifetime now, there were lessons I learnt on the job that are inadvertently helping me in my motherhood journey. Read on to find out 5 ways in which my corporate job prepared me for motherhood (and 1 way in which it did not).

 

1. The Only Thing Constant is Change

Working in the technology space taught me one thing…everything is constantly changing. To stay at the top of my game, I had to keep upgrading my skills, unlearning and learning. This is quite similar to how it is with babies. There is always something new going on…new skills developing, milestones being achieved, sleep regressions, growth spurts, wonder weeks. Just when I think that I finally have it all figured out and under control, a new tooth will start erupting and throw everything off again. Just like I used to follow technology blogs and news sites to stay updated, I now follow parenting blogs and forums. There is no scope for complacency, whether you are a technology consultant or the mother to an infant.

 

2. Time Management and Multitasking

It is quite common for a Consultant or Project Manager to be working on multiple projects at a time. I was always juggling multiple clients, presentations, documents, even multiple teams at a time.As a work-from-home mom, I am juggling baby care, housework, office work and of course my blog. There are times when I am rocking my baby to sleep while working on my laptop or organizing stuff in my room or cooking (hurray for babywearing). My job taught me to make the most productive use of my time and this skill is absolutely essential now as a mother too.

 

3. TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More

Whether you are a professional or a mom, there is no point trying to be a one-woman army. You cannot possibly know everything there is to know and you cannot do it all on your own. Every project involves teamwork and collaboration with every individual contributing in his or her own area of expertise. They say it takes a village to raise a baby. As a new mom, I understand this well and I ask for help, support and guidance whenever I need it. My village – husband, family, friends, mommy forums, house help, day care – are all part of my “team” when it comes to the biggest project of my life – raising my child.

 

4. Planning and Prioritization

I am a sucker for to-do lists. At work, the first thing I did each morning was make a to-do list and Iderived great pleasure out of striking out each completed task. I cannot stress how much this habit is helping me now. Activities for the day, errands, meal plans, doctor’s visits, shopping lists… everything is planned, noted and struck off. Though I have to admit that it is tougher to stick to the plan with the unpredictability of a baby’s moods and schedule. Nevertheless, having my trusty list handy makes me feel in control even on the most chaotic days.

 

5. Communication Skills

As a Project Manager and as a mother, I need to be able to communicate effectively with different people in a wide variety of situations – explaining responsibilities to my team member (or my nanny), enforcing rules within the team (or with my child) while still being gentle and approachable, dealing with an impatient client (or a toddler tantrum), coordinating with vendors (or day care staff). Due to my experience in dealing with tricky situations at work, I am able to handle such situations tactfully as a mother too.

 

 

The One Corporate Trait I Needed to Let Go

So it seems that many of the skills I acquired in my corporate career are helping me in motherhood as well. But on the other hand, there is one thing I have realized that I need to unlearn to make my life as a mother easier and that is the competitive nature of corporate life. At work, we are always chasing goals, trying to be better than the guy in the next cubicle, showing off during appraisals and aiming for the peak of the bell curve.

As a mother I need to let this competitive side of me go. Each baby is different and develops at his or her own pace. Comparing whose baby achieved which milestone first, who eats more, sleeps through the night…it is counter productive. In the corporate world, competition motivates you and pushes you to work harder. In motherhood, competition can be stressful and do more harm than good.

 

 

So if you are just about to take the plunge from corporate life to parenthood, you need not worry. You are already more prepared for it than you think!

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Comments
  1. Amrita said on August 21, 2017 8:42 pm:

    What an interesting post.Loved how you made this logical.We are juggling all the time as moms and if professional training helps ,its always great

  2. Zainab said on August 22, 2017 1:45 am:

    A very honest and helpful post indeed! We all need a team as you rightly pointed out, it takes a village to raise kids.

  3. Manisha Garg said on August 22, 2017 12:49 pm:

    These points are a must. You have put them so nicely.

  4. Jiya B said on August 22, 2017 1:47 pm:

    I come from Corporate working culture and can relate to your views very well. Thanks for sharing

  5. Shipra Trivedi said on August 23, 2017 12:10 am:

    I can so relate to this post dear. I am also a working mother and into technology word. Being a working woman made me more organized and multi-tasking person. Are you in software industry?

    1. Baby & Beyond said on August 23, 2017 12:04 pm:

      Rightly guessed! I was in the IT industry too.

  6. Preetjyot Kaur said on August 23, 2017 1:22 am:

    Each phase in our life leaves us with great learnings.. What’s best is to keep those close to your heart and keep going strong.. Loved reading this

    1. Baby & Beyond said on August 23, 2017 12:07 pm:

      What a nice way to put it!

  7. Deepa said on August 23, 2017 8:08 am:

    ‘As a mother, I have to let this competitive side of me go.’- Agree. Motherhood changes us and teaches us so many things. Good points.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on August 23, 2017 12:06 pm:

      Thank you Deepa. That is one of the toughest things to let go of and as we are seeing these days, the competitive nature of the parents is unnecessarily putting pressure on young kids.

  8. manveen said on August 24, 2017 11:03 am:

    ‘The only thing constant is change’ truly, and well said.

  9. Amy said on August 25, 2017 5:51 pm:

    Great post so organised I need to take tips

  10. Disha said on September 16, 2017 7:11 pm:

    Your post gives me so much assurance. Nicely written comparision. 🙂

  11. SoulMom said on September 16, 2017 8:07 pm:

    What a lovely post. Great thoughts here. You have so rightly captured the overlapping essence of work and motherhood. Quite agree with the last bit on competitiveness, though I must admit I’m struggling a little in that area. Happy blogging Mahak!

    1. Baby & Beyond said on September 18, 2017 12:45 pm:

      We all struggle there. It is in our nature to be competitive, ever since school days. Even I am learning to let go slowly.

  12. Vasantha Vivek said on September 18, 2017 12:46 pm:

    You have penned down your thoughts beautifully. I too agree with all your insights. Team is my favorite. Happy to join with you for #MyFriendAlexa !!!

  13. Atulmaharaj said on September 18, 2017 7:50 pm:

    Wonderful post. Change is the only constant, you don’t know what’s going to happen the next moment. Surely prepares us for life.

  14. Meenakshi J said on September 20, 2017 9:19 am:

    Such an insightful and introspective post. I too left a corporate career to travel with my husband and take care of my child and I can completely understand the correlation between the two.
    Loved the way you have articulated your thoughts….Keep blogging 🙂

    1. Baby & Beyond said on September 21, 2017 12:15 pm:

      Thank you Meenakshi