WANTING IT ALL: The benefit of a job-share is that you can stay on track. You don't need to get shunted off to the sidings - you can still do a mainstream job

WANTING IT ALL: The benefit of a job-share is that you can stay on track. You don't need to get shunted off to the sidings - you can still do a mainstream job - Following not one but two failures at part-time work, my solution to finding some balance in m

by DEBBIE SANDFORD, formerly worked at McKinsey and Random House

Following not one but two failures at part-time work, my solution to finding some balance in my life was to throw in my job altogether. Simple and dramatic - yes. Constructive in terms of keeping the embers of my ruined career alight - hmm, could do better.

Staying at home has many attractions. But at 36 I still feel a gnawing urge to do something more with my life than attempt to raise well-adjusted children and run a stable, happy household while maintaining some sense of personal space. I would like to play on a bigger stage. The hurdle has been raised; what was sufficient in our mothers' generation just isn't enough any more. And men seem to want something more from life than a comfy office and salary.

The solution is not to stuff people back into their boxes - women in their homes, men in their nine-to-fives - but to find new ways to juggle roles so that we can all hope to gain fulfilment at work, make time for our families and still have something left over. Roll up, flexible working, and stand over there, please. Let's have a look at you.

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