Interview with a Working Mum – Rosa Cornwell

Katie Barillaro
By: Katie Barillaro
Category: Interviews

Meet Rosa Cornwell – an Administrative Assistant who made an interstate move with two children, and has now found a job that gives her the flexibility to work around her family commitments. We asked Rosa 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 Rosa, I recently turned 40 years of age. I am married and have two children, a boy and a girl. My husband and I met while we were both working on the Gold Coast in 2003. We married in 2006, had our son in 2007 and our daughter in 2008. We made a big decision to leave the Gold Coast in 2009 as I wanted to be a stay at home mum whilst the kids were young and financially we could not do this in QLD. We moved to Melbourne with all our belongings and no jobs. Within two weeks my husband secured a full time job and is still working for the same company. I continued to be a stay at home mum for a few years and in 2014 found a full time job (not ideal but the only thing I could secure with being out of work for some time). In 2016, I was made redundant, I was lucky to find some casual work at a university, however the shifts started to dwindle off and financially our family needed more.

What made you apply for your current role?

I found my current role advertised through Just Mums Recruitment, at the time I was working at the university and the role needed someone with admin experience in a school environment. Although I had plenty of administration experience, I had never worked within a school. I decided to apply, I had nothing to lose. I needed employment that was secure, permanent and definitely flexible.

“Flexibility was a big factor as I am first and foremost a mum of two children who still need me to be around for school events or just if they are sick. My previous employers were never flexible or understanding of this”.

How did you find the job search process?

I was scrolling through Facebook and the JustMums page came up with the job advertisement. After deciding to give it a go I updated my resume with my most recent employment details and drew up a cover letter and emailed my application to the email address. Within 2 days I received an email from Rachel who provided me with further details regarding the role and what the employer was looking for. I decided to proceed with my application and had an interview. The following week I was contacted by the employer requesting a face to face interview. I managed to get in that day and by that afternoon I received a phone call that I was successful in securing the position.

What advice can you give to other Mums looking for flexible work? 

My advice to other mums who are looking for flexible work is not to compromise, if it does not work for you and your family then it may not be the right job for you. There were many times in my previous employment that I felt that I wasn’t there for my family when they needed me.

“My other piece of advice would be to be honest and open with your potential employer, lay you cards on the table in the beginning with what you need from them and what you will give them in return”.


Katie Barillaro
About Katie Barillaro
Katie joined JustMums in July 2018 as our Marketing Consultant and brings more than 20 years traditional and digital marketing experience to the team. Katie has previously worked for large recruitment brands and is a busy working mother balancing career and family.

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