Career and family, a delicate balance

l'The ambition to harmoniously combine motherhood and professional advancement is legitimate and should be within reach of all parents. For women, it seems to be in the realm of the impossible. According to a study conducted by the recruitment platform Rekrute.com, 66% of Moroccan women find it difficult to manage their own “two days” from work. In more detail, 32% of these women rely on their parents or in-laws on a daily basis, while 20% opt for a full-time nanny. The data Statistics are rare on this topic, especially targeted ones women. The platform therefore examined some 1247 female profiles in June 2019, revealing some interesting realities. Among the key findings, we learn that meeting family needs is still the main motivation for 47% of surveyed working women. 38% of them work to satisfy their intellectual or professional aspirations, while 4% are looking for a job in order not to limit themselves to the role of parents.

More flexibility, less options

But beyond the numbers, Sanaa Sekkat, an expert in human resources and personal development, highlights the weight of preconceived notions that weigh women down. “Many people find it almost impossible to succeed professionally while having a fulfilling family life, because they are held back by impostor syndrome, which is largely maintained by social norms.”, explains the expert. Indeed, the stubborn cliché of the traditional family pattern, in which the man has a career and the woman devotes herself to the children, continues to perpetuate the idea that women's careers are less crucial than men's.

Social taboos, often shaped by outdated traditional legacies that place men in the role of primary breadwinners, can discourage women from assuming positions of responsibility. Dominant sexist stereotypes in the professional world contribute to keeping women confined to a domestic role. “It seems that in Morocco, certain male aspirations want modern, financially independent, beautiful, careerist and intelligent women. Once married, however, these same women are suddenly encouraged to adopt a more “traditional” posture, with increased devotion to their home. analyzed by an expert.

However, when these obstacles are overcome, women reveal undeniable professional expertise and commitment. “The vast majority of women are perfectionists in their work. This character trait it can do them a disservice because they tend to be constantly compared to men and feeling of unnecessary pressure”, emphasizes Alexandra Montant, deputy general director of the employment portal ReKrute.com. It highlights the eternal search for legitimacy by placing an additional burden on women, forcing them to constantly demonstrate their skills. “However, companies also have a responsibility to promote flexibility at work, because the reality is undeniable: women do almost all the housework. That is why most of them prefer to work part-time,” explains Alexandra Montant. He backs up his remarks by referring to the same job portal survey, which reveals that 41% of women consider flexible working hours to be the ideal solution, 25% consider part-time work, and 13% consider daycare. Despite the weight of family responsibilities, 62% of women believe they have the same career opportunities as men.

Balancing work and family can really work provided there is a more open mind and joint efforts in this direction. Companies are gradually developing in this perspective. “I am receiving more and more job applications stating a preference for a female profile. Even if they need more flexibility, women's strengths attract recruiters.”, says Alexandra Montant. Redefining roles, encouraging flexibility at work and strengthening self-confidence are levers for promoting the full development of women, according to the deputy director of the employment portal. Because in the end, only collective action will be able to promote a professional environment where every woman can succeed without sacrificing herself.

Keys to balancing career and family life

It is imperative to engage in the daily battle without any let-up. It is important to accept mistakes, the possibility of forgetting and rejecting the idea of ​​perfection as a mother, wife and employee. You should try to do your best, not trying to show anything to others. Women deserve to allow themselves the right to make mistakes, to allow themselves to explore new experiences, just like any human being. The key is the ability to remain ambitious, because it is precisely this ambition that fosters personal development.

Ambition acts as a driving engine that encourages us to constantly learn, progress and follow the constant dynamics of the universe. Women, who represent more than 50% of the world's population, have an inestimable potential. Their role is not limited to the home; they also have a significant contribution to society. Encouraging women to maintain their ambitions propels them forward, allowing them to be key players in the dynamics of progress and innovation.

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