Welcome to the third Working Mum Club (WMC) interview series. Every fortnight or so, I will be featuring a working mum in a bid to find out more about them and how they balance work and family life. If you are a working mum and would like to take part in this series, kindly send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This third Working Mum Club interview series, we meet the beautiful Sunny Lin. Sunny is a mum of two children- a girl and a boy. She currently works as a Senior Business Analyst at a top investment bank in Canary Wharf, London. Thank you so much for taking part in this series, Sunny.
Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Sunny Lin. I live in Orpington, Kent. I have 2 little children Mia (4 year old) and Oliver (1 year old).
What is your current role and what does it entail?
I work as a Senior Business Analyst on the Credit Risk department at Deutsche Bank, Canary Wharf London. It is a project based role and it requires delivering required documentation and working within specified timelines.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in Finance/Technology?
It matches with my education background and also Technology has better work/life balance as compared with other divisions in the financial industry from my experience.
What has been one of your biggest career challenge and how did you overcome it?
There are so many challenges every day like tight delivery timelines, difficulty of communicating with other teams or stakeholders etc . However the biggest challenge of my career so far is when I just return to work after my first maternity leave. At that time, I had to bring my daughter to the city on train and walk 1 hour every day to send/pick her from nursery. I came in the office at 8 and leave at 5 o’clock sharp to pick her up. My working hour is very rigid and I couldn’t commit any time outside of working hours as well as I need to take a hour back home, cook dinner, bath her, send her to bed etc the usual mummy duties. I really need to manage my time wisely when I was at work and make sure I have my work done within the working hours. And also I need to manage people’s expectation (like no meetings after 5 for me) and ensure proper communication with my managers.
How do you balance work and family life?
Trying to maximise the work I can do at work, and focus on my family outside the working hours.
What is your biggest frustration as a working mum?
Lack of my own personal and “me” time. Work and kids have occupied my most of time.
What is your top tip for childcare arrangements?
I am very lucky to have a living in nanny now. She has definitely released a lot of stress from me. I don’t need to worry about train delays and house works. So my suggestion is if it is possible, then use as many helps as possible to release your stress (grandparents, nannies, babysitters, cleaners etc).
How did you make the transition back to work from maternity leave less painful?
Take it slowly. In the beginning I use some holidays which accumulated during my maternity leave to only work 3 days per week. Then gradually increased it.
What advice would you give new mums looking to return back to work after a long break?
Be confident, and make sure you have arranged a reliable childcare for your kid.
What is your favourite gadget or app for productivity?
My favourite is my phone. I do everything on it. shopping, banking, communicating with friends, my news channels, my entertainment etc
Tell us one random fact about you
I am trying to keep up with Gym 3 times per week. I wanna be a healthy and good looking mum
It is always encouraging to know we mums face similar challenges and we’re not alone in this motherhood journey. I could easily relate to Sunny’s challenges as a working mum trying hard to juggle everything and still create some “me” time once in a while. Join me and other passionate like-minded mums from all over the world on our private facebook page ‘Notjustamum’.