Meet Rebekah Wisewould – an Executive Assistant who also manages her own business around her family commitments. We asked Rebekah about her experiences as a working mum and how she found the job search process when looking for flexible work.
Tell us about yourself…
My name is Rebekah. I am 35 years old. A wife and a mother of two beautiful kids. I work 2 days a week in a government job and I also run my own Virtual Assistant business where I work nights from my home office. I have been working in Administration for 15 years. The last 7 years I have been working as an Executive Assistant. 5 years in the Health Industry then for various clients as a Virtual Assistant (VA). I started my business as a VA whilst on Maternity Leave with my second child, wanting to be home more with my children. My jobs now allow me to be home more which my children. My husband is a shift worker, therefore when he is home I go to work at the government job. I am lucky to have the flexibility and we avoid using any childcare.
What made you apply for your current role?
I applied for the Executive Assistant position with First Follower as it was a flexible job where I could work my own hours and from home.
“I made it very clear during the interview process what hours I can work and that taking calls are extremely hard with my small children at home. The employer was very understanding and happy for me to work nights”.
How did you find the job search process?
I found the job search process to be nice and easy. The job listed was very clear on the criteria. After updating my resume, it was a quick process.
What advice can you give to other Mums looking for flexible work?
“Don’t give up!”
Do what you have to until you find the right job but keep looking until you do. Be confident in yourself. Be honest, tell your employer what you require and the worst they can say is no. Best case scenario is you get the flexibility and more time to spend with your children.