One of the top challenge many women face is trying to figure out how to balance career and a family. There are a variety of different choices, and it can be hard to know which path to take and when to make that decision. Finding inspiration from women who have paved the way can be helpful in developing your own plan.
Corinne Renteria has truly designed a career that has work-life balance and she is a testament to what is possible. Her career includes working for fortune 500 medical device companies in product management and global marketing roles. After having her first son, Corinne knew the travel schedule was no longer a fit and she needed to make a decision about her role as a global marketing manager. Fortunately, Corinne had great mentors who helped her find the best solution.
If you are wondering about work-life balance and how to create an “atypical” career role, you can hear first hand in this interview with Corinne Renteria. Below are highlights that include tips you can implement today.
4 Real Solutions For Your Career and Life Balance
- Explore Internal Opportunities. Meet with your boss and ask if there are any options to modify your role with a flexible schedule. Some companies offer working remotely as an option which makes a difference if you are juggling school activities and hours in the office.
2. Consider a Consultant Option. If you are looking for a more flexible work option that doesn’t involve travel, one possibility is to be a consultant. Here are some steps to take as you explore this option.
- Ask your current company if they work with consultants and would they be open to exploring this option
- Evaluate how you want to charge by the hour or by the project. Do some homework on how other consultants charge and what their work week looks like.
- Be prepared to be “on” all the time. One part of being a consultant is your time is being billed to your client. Companies look for someone who is well prepared and fully present when they are working and interacting with the end customer.
3. Not all Job Share Options are Equal. Initially sharing a role may sound like a great option but depending on the level of the position, it can be hard to divide responsibilities. If you can create a 20-30 hour week option it may be easier than splitting a job with another colleague.
4. Make time for yourself. It is really easy to put everyone and work first. When you make time to do something for you-it will really make a difference in being ready for the demands of the day and week ahead.
In addition to sharing her strategies around work life balance, Corinne also gave power tips for people who work in large multi-division companies.
Multi-Division Strategies To Bring Everyone Together:
- Understand your core value and the business value of each division. Each division is different from products to culture. Have a clear idea of how your organization fits within the larger corporation.
- Know where your division falls in the hierarchy of the decision making process. Knowing how the top leaders of each division work together and who has the most influence over budgets.
- Be willing to negotiate and also to settle to achieve the common good. Finding solutions together is the best way to make progress and achieve success.
- Meet once a quarter if possible in person face-to-face. There is no substitute for creating strong bonds in person.
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