Can You Manage Career and Kids?


13th October: Do you think you can manage a career and your kids too?

Well, nearly half of females in the G20 appear to be confident that kids will not affect their career. They feel assured that they can successfully manage their families while pursuing their career as well. This has been revealed by a latest survey.

Managing Kids and CareerWomen can juggle work and family—Survey—Findings of a survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation show that nearly 47 percent of 9,500 women feel confident that having a family along with their career is possible. The survey findings further revealed that just 23 percent expressed fear that career and family could be difficult to manage. Remaining were not certain about their views.

Brazil women most optimist about managing family along with career—The survey shows that Brazil tops the nation with nearly 74 percent admitting that kids will not affect their career. South Africa, Turkey, Indonesia and India were the other nations in the list where women were affirmative about juggling home and career equally well. In these nations, three-fifth of the women expressed optimism about having kids while working.

Britain, Japan, France and Germany women worried about managing kids and career—Meanwhile, women from Germany, France, Britain and Japan expressed worries about managing kids along with their careers.

Women in Russia felt managing kids while pursuing their careers was a challenging issue.

Cultural expectations, lack of good and affordable childcare to blame—Well, women who feel the issue of managing kids while pursuing their jobs feel shortage of quality childcare, cultural expectations and lack of flexible working hours as the major factors for feeling torn.

So, the need of the hour to help women juggle career along with family is addressing work-life balance. Focus must be on reducing the big gap in workforce participation rates between women and men by 25 percent by the year 2025. This will help in attracting nearly 100 million women into the workforce.

After all, women are the main caretakers for kids and also, in some cases, for their parents or their spouse’s parents. So, it requires a lot of energy as well as time on the part of women.

The need of the hour is to introduce a couple of initiatives to keep more and more women in the workforce. This is especially true for nations with low birth rates and ageing populations.