How do people with kids do when they have to travel to KSA every week? Any moms out there on organisation advice? (And not feeling like missing out on them growing) Is this negociable with consulting firms in Dubai?

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My wife has been super supportive and thank God she works from home. But it does take a toll and you will miss out on a lot, but depending on how old the kids are, hopefully you can make it up with super active weekends.

For me, even though I fly in and out every week, I still spend more quality time with the kids than when I was based in the UAE, working late nights and only seeing the wife and kids in the early morning.

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Well you’re lucky because in my case I’m the wife and I’m the one doing the travelling. We want to have a kid but since this is gonna come up very often in my work we’re hesitating a lot. Also I’ve noticed there aren’t a lot of women compared to men in my line of work
, maybe that’s the reason!

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Sadly it's not a parent friendly job, you can of course hire help and so on but it sure isn't the same aa being there for them yourself (regardless of whether you're the mom or dad)
The reality is a lot of the Sr. Managers and directors out there in their mid-thirties are single or at most in non-serious relationships and practically won't be having families in the traditional sense of the word

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Male mid-thirties speaking. I have been doing consulting all my life, 12+ years now and I see how unfriendly it is to women vs. men when they choose to grow a family or have other priorities in life. I often attend performance discussions and hate how when they link a performance drop for a woman to her deciding to get engaged. I suggest you either find a freelance role or exit

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No exceptions, just some are better hiding it than others :)

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Couple of firms are asking me to consider Riyadh vs Dubai, esp as more client work will be in Riyadh. I have a son and don’t want to miss out on him growing up, so would it make more sense to move to Riyadh to avoid all the travelling?

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Yes, maybe to be considered! I don’t have any kids right now but we’re planning on having one soon so I’m planning ahead

Can you ask your PD to help in this?
Either find you staffing opportunities in your current home base or remote staffing or flexible?(i.e 2 days instead of 5 days?

Would explore options and if you plan to have kids and got pregnant , would avoid travel as much as possible.

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I’ll definitely try

In my experience, the women who do it all don't have kids and are often single

The men who do it are much more likely to be married and have kids; if they have kids, the wife pretty much always stays at home with them or has a part time job

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