Part II: It really is about partnership
You need to be tremendously organized,” says Elaine Sigurdson, President of the Toronto chapter of the Association of Career Professionals International, referring to women who juggle both children and a career. Sigurdson is a career consultant who helps individuals manage their careers and assists organizations with recruiting, and the development of effective talent management practices.
There are advantages for both women who decide to have children early, and women who, for whatever reason, delay childrearing, she says. “I’ve seen people do this well both ways. Women who develop a career first do not have to start fresh when their children are grown, at which point starting a career does become very difficult.”
Women who have children later in life usually tend to have a clear view of priorities. As a result, their kids become most important to them. “You’ve done the other side, and now this is where you want to be. From a maturity perspective, for those people who start into this very young, there is probably a lot of uncertainty or worry and a feeling that ‘I’ve missed something,’ or the feeling ‘I’ve given up my opportunity for a career,’” says Sigurdson.