The Juggle Podcast
Summary: Professional career women have become world class circus performers – skilled in the art of juggling more than a hundred things at once. They are constantly battling mummy guilt, struggling with the mental load, searching for the elusive “work/life balance”, and feel like a fraud when asked “How do you do it all?” For all that – they wouldn’t have it any other way. The fear of dropping a ball every now and then is worth it for the joys of the juggle. Join Jo Alilovic, employment lawyer, business owner, employer of flexible workers, mother of 3, and her co-host Lucy Dickens, succession lawyer and mother of 1, and their guests as they share insights and advice from everyday jugglers, employers and thought leaders to help professional women have a satisfying career and a fulfilling family life.
In today’s episode Jo and Lucy interview Sonia Cason, mother of 2, business development manager in the recruitment/labor hire industry, and flexible worker. Sonia shares her personal experiences of: * looking and applying for jobs whilst on maternity leave, and not being afraid to ask for what you want * constantly adjusting work and life routines as children grow and progress (eg. adjusting to the new school juggle after years of day care) * remaining confident in your skills, experience and overall worth after having children and deciding to return to work part time * avoiding over commitment and learning to choose priorities. Links mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to receive notification of each new episode of our podcast. Join The Juggle Community on Facebook. You can contact Sonia Cason via LinkedIn.
Women with professional careers are often advised to hide their families, and specifically to make sure they don’t form any part of your personal brand. In this episode we delve into whether that is good advice, what personal branding is, and how to construct the right one for you. In this episode, Jo and Lucy interview Julissa Shrewsbury, the Director of New Work Consulting. Julissa is an expert in helping people create their own personal brand. She helps people build and maintain a stand-out professional image in the online space that will draw opportunities to them and help them achieve their professional goals. Some of the key takeaways from the episode include: * What is a personal brand? Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room. It is formed from lots of different touch points – in person and online. * Ensure that your online presence (eg. on social media) is consistent with the brand you want to present. Be aware of privacy settings to avoid private content becoming public and negatively impacting your personal brand. * Should you tell someone that you have a family? You are a whole package. People want to connect with human beings – people do business with people, so it is important to share what makes you human and relatable. But choose how much to communicate and to what audience. You don’t want to use language or act in such a way that others will view you as lacking commitment. * The benefit of a personal brand is that it demonstrates the value that you bring to your work. * How to describe breaks from work when drafting resumes or Linked In profiles. * How what you wear is part of your personal brand as it influences the impression that people take of you. People get more information from what they see as opposed to what they hear or read. * It is important to feel confident when you return to work after a career break. To do so, take some time to determine what is amazing about you and what you bring to your professional life. Brainstorm what you bring to work, what you are good at, love doing and the change that you like to see that you help to create. * The 3 key things to focus on for your personal brand: * Know what makes you amazing and lights you up – knowing that means you know what to focus on in your personal brand. * Know your current goals and focus on that. Eg. Make sure your online profile highlights your experience and skills and where you want to go next. * Get your Linkedin Profile refreshed and up to date. Bonus tip: Linked In is about building relationships. Don’t just set it up and wait for people to find you. Links mentioned in this episode: Julissa Shrewsbury can be found at: Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julissashrewsbury/ Twitter: @NewWorkAU You can find more about her offer of a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss your personal brand at her website: www.newworkconsulting.com.au You can subscribe to receive notification of each new episode of our podcast at:
Join Jo and Lucy as they discuss their views on the meaning behind concepts like “the juggle”, “work/life balance” and “boundaries”. Three key take aways from the episode are: 1. The dictionary definition for juggle is: “continuously toss into the air and catch (a number of objects) so as to keep at least one in the air while handling the others”. (Source: Google dictionary) 2. The four burners theory which describes the four quadrants of your life and raises the question of the need for trade offs in order to be successful (see James Clear) 3. Theming your days as a way to put in place boundaries to prevent your work overly impacting on other areas of your life. Please leave a review or provide your feedback on an episode or possible future guests by email to email@example.com. Links shared in this episode: – Website: www.thejuggle.com.au [Where you can find all episodes of The Juggle, sign up to be notified when a new episode is released, and find a link to join the facebook group The Juggle Community.]
The Juggle is the brain child of Jo Alilovic and Lucy Dickens. After meeting in early 2018, Jo and Lucy quickly realised that they shared similar values and a serious desire to see the world of work changed for women who want to maintain satisfying professional careers and also have a fulfilling family life. Women are often referred to as circus jugglers – juggling all aspects of life: work, children, health, friends and more. But it is not an easy skill to learn, or to maintain. In fact, it is often so difficult to juggle all these areas of life that women sometimes make the choice to leave (or put on hold) their profession. Jo and Lucy have created this podcast to inform, create discussion and identify success stories that can be shared to improve the situations of others. They will be interviewing women who can share their personal stories of balancing career and the other aspects of life, and employers who have created a workplace that enables more women to maintain a career after having a family, as well as thought leaders to share inspiration and innovative techniques and strategies. Jo and Lucy will also have conversations where they discuss recent media or matters which relate to “the juggle”. Topics will include personal branding, the need for a high trust culture to support flexible work arrangements, seeking new employment whilst on maternity leave, the difficulty of continuing to breastfeed after returning to work, outsourcing, different kinds of child care and more. New episodes will be released weekly on Thursday, and the conversation will be continued each week in the Facebook group “The Juggle Community”. Please leave a review or provide your feedback on an episode or possible future guests by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Links shared in this episode: – Website: www.thejuggle.com.au [Where you can find all episodes of The Juggle, sign up to be notified when a new episode is released, and find a link to join the facebook group The Juggle Community.]