So I have been asked to join a large audit account as lead director. I am going to accept this role as I think it’s a great role. However, personally I know I want to start a family in the next year or so will be out on maternity leave for some time if all goes according to plan. Long term, I would love to retain my spot on this account post any mat leave but I know they would need someone to step in in the interim. Any advice? I know this is so long term but I can’t not help think about it

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Take the role now and plan for mat leave once you’re pregnant. It could take months/years to get pregnant. Even if you do get pregnant exactly when you want, these things happen and the firms is prepared to make accommodations.

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It’s actually comical. Had an issue we were working on as I was heading out on leave. Came back and the issue was still being discussed and was unresolved. I created a tiny human and came back to the same crap 😂

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Congrats - go get it!!!

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I had a same struggle before, and eventually I decided to take the opportunity presented and then figure out the next. After 6 months I changed company, I got pregnant, and it didn’t impact my performance at all. I’m about to take the leave next month and I’m already told by many people how great they think my performance was and I’ll be up for promotion even I’m on my leave this summer. Glad I didn’t hesitate for too long in the beginning and I took every opportunity

Take the opportunity! I have seen directors and partners go onto maternity leave and come back to the same client.

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