Monthly Archives: February 2018

Inspiring Women in Law Who Did It Anyway – Belinda Harvey Interview

Belinda Harvey and Owen

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In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 and the #PressforProgress theme we interviewed Belinda Harvey who is one woman doing it her way – in an industry that is renowned for making it exceptionally difficult for women to make it to leadership positions.

Belinda who is Partner at International Law Firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, generously shares her story about being a single mum with the support of an employer that is leading the way for working parents to manage career and family responsibilities.

Belinda talks to us about her journey from average high school marks and air hostess dreams to parenting as a single mother and becoming a lawyer – from the self-doubt,  the doubt of others and the challenges of being a woman in law.

“Finding it within you is your way forward. Finding that strength is going to take you where you want to go on life’s journey.” Belinda Harvey, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

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Addressing the ‘motherhood penalty’: Make dads more than an ‘optional extra’ in parental leave policy to close the gender equality gap

Three hands of the same family.

The number of working parents – particularly working mothers – continues to rise and yet the number dads taking parental leave persistently isn’t budging – with only 2% of Australian dads taking parental leave.

“An investigation by the Diversity Council in 2014 found raising children accounted for ‘a 17% loss in lifetime wages for women’. . . When it comes to family dynamics, change has been fairly slow in Australia.” (Matt Wade, SMH)

Why is this the case despite clear evidence that a society – all aspects of it (work, community and home life) – greatly benefits from embracing gender equality, not just in word but in action? Why are Australian women continuing to lose out when it comes to their careers? Why are men continuing to lose out when it comes to spending time with their children? And why are employers not seeing the value in what facilitating greater ease – for both sexes – in managing work and family responsibilities?

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Job hunting tips

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Are you struggling with job hunting? Perhaps you’re returning to the workforce after parental leave, or simply searching for that dream job that suits you? Satisfying the skills and experience needed for the job, building that stand-out resume, and nailing your interview can feel like an impossible mountain hike. We provide 10 applicable tips on successful job hunting! Continue reading

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3 skills working parents and their managers must develop

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Working parents need 3 core skills to ‘thrive’ at work and at home: Adaptability, Flexibility and Resilience. 

We’ve all heard the expression “Got a job to do? Give it to a busy person (aka: mum).” But just how much can one busy ‘hands on’ mum or dad handle before the juggling balls begin to fall and bounce all over the place? How is your corporate culture contributing to the success or failure of your working parents’ ability to respond to the ever changing needs of their family and job?

Organisations who strive to help their people achieve their maximum potential ‘get it.’ It means providing employees with the necessary tools, support and training to be Adaptive, Flexible and Resilient to cope with the ups and downs of life being a ‘worker’ and a ‘parent’. Here’s some tips to help your organisation build resilience, adaptability and flexibility amongst your working parents: Continue reading

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