Executive Assistant, Abbotsford, Victoria.
Heather McGiddy, 44, wears many hats: executive assistant, start-up founder, secretary of the school council, and mother of two.
Specialist recruiter JustMums helped land her the EA role at lighting controls company OR Technologies, which has the attraction of flexible working hours.
“As long as I meet my commitments and make the meetings I need to attend, I have the luxury of being able to manage the time myself,” she says.
“I’m a great mum but that’s only a part of who I am” — Heather McGiddy
The 15-hour-a-week role also allows McGiddy to devote some time to her start-up Kuber Village.
“Flexibility was the main factor. But I was also looking for something that provides enough challenge and responsibility. That’s the gold standard,” she says.
McGiddy took time off twice when her children – now aged 10 and eight – were younger. Returning to the workforce each time was both a necessity (“we need to eat and maintain our lifestyles”) and a desire.
“I’m a great mum but that’s only a part of who I am. I enjoy working,” she says.
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