At the peak of my career, or as I saw it then, I was on top of the world. I was a successful store manager with a team of 70+ staff, who was well respected and had a reputation for being extremely driven. My career was everything!
My career break
However, the sudden loss of my dad rocked me and I suddenly felt differently about life. The importance of family took priority and I decided that it was time for me to take a bold leap and put my career on hold to have a baby. I was confident that once the baby was born, I would bounce back and pick up where I left off and continue with my career.
However, I soon realised my priorities had changed and I no longer had the drive and the passion I once had for my career. It became less important to me and family life suddenly became everything. I loved being a mother and watching my family grow and after 17 months, baby number two arrived.
Life was one big blur of tiredness, baby groups, nappies, potties and competitive mums. This had become my new career, and my new uniform was a far cry from the suits and heels I was used to. My days were now filled with baby sick on my shoulder and ensuring that I always had sensible shoes on to chase after my toddlers.
Back to work
When baby three came along I was greeted with the familiar routine of tiredness and endless baby groups. It was at one of these groups while sitting with a sock puppet on one hand, and bouncing a baby on my knee, that I realised that I was ready to get back to work. I could no longer entertain the unbearable ‘Mary Poppins Mums’, competing over whose child slept the longest, whose had been the first to walk and who was making the healthiest organic meal. I needed to get back to work.
Where to begin?
I knew I wanted a change and a new direction, to try something different, but having the children I need to be flexible and so didn’t want to commit to a full-time job. I toyed with the idea of a part-time role, but the cost of childcare for three was astronomical. When working out the logistics, I discovered that I would be paying out more than I would be earning, so that was out of the question.
Life as a Croudie
That is when I was introduced to Croud. A friend of mine was working for Croud and they happened to be holding a training session for Croudie mums who wanted to join the Croudie Network. No previous experience in digital marketing was necessary as the training was being provided. The concept was perfect for a mum as it offered the flexibility to work when and where I wanted.
I worked from home as part of the Croudie Network for two years and it was fantastic. There were no childcare costs, I didn’t have to worry about taking time off to care for a child if they were sick, and on top of that I could still care for my children and take them to school, and I never missed any school events such as plays and sports days. In my children’s eyes I was still their full-time mum, but for me, I was working and continuing to develop my knowledge in the fascinating world of digital marketing – and I was loving it.
Climbing the Croud career ladder
When the opportunity to be involved with the development of ‘Croud Academy’ in the Shrewsbury office arose, I jumped at the chance. I could still continue to work the same flexible hours but this time in an office environment. Working in the Croud office was fantastic and I began to see how unique it really was. It was then that I decided that I wanted to leave the Croudie network behind and become a fully fledged member of the Croud team.
I used my time internally to learn and grow within the role I was doing, working hard and hoping that this would result in a permanent role with Croud.
Development Manager for Croud
The day I got offered the role as Development Manager for Croud will always be a special day for me, I felt so proud of myself and proud to be a part of Croud.
I have now been in my role for nine months and I can honestly say I have enjoyed every single day. The office now feels like home and the team I work with is amazing. My job is my release from mummy world, and a chance to focus on me.
Croud Academy has become my fourth baby and like a proud mum; I am so proud of every milestone that is achieved, from new courses being made live, to new task templates being used.
The journey continues
I have taken six Google exams which blows my mind. I can’t believe how far I have come. From completing my first search query report as a Croudie on the network, to performing training sessions for the whole office. I am so excited for what the future holds working for such a fast moving exciting company – I feel like the sky’s the limit.