Apr 10, 2017
One of the top challenges women face in their careers is trying
to figure out how to balance having a career and a family.
There are many different options, and it can be hard to know which
path to take and when. Corinne
Renteria has had a career working for fortune 500 medical
device companies in product management and global marketing
roles. After having her first son, she knew the travel
schedule was no longer a fit and she needed to make a decision
about her work-life balance and fortunately in her case she had
great mentors who helped her find a solution.
If you are wondering about work-life balance and how to
create an “a-typical” career role this is the interview you won’t
want to miss! An added bonus is Corinne also shares some really
helpful ideas about how to work at a company with multiple
divisions and how marketing roles have evolved into a more
independent remote model. And if you want to find more
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4 Real Solutions For Your
Career and Work- Life Balance
- Changing roles from corporate employee to contractor
takes planning. If you are looking for a more flexible
work option that doesn’t involve travel, one possibility is to be a
- Ask your current company if they work with consultants
and would they be open to exploring this option
- Evaluate how you want to charge by the hour or by the
project. Do some homework on how other consultants charge
and what their work week looks like.
- One part of being a consultant is you have to be “on”
all the time-you are being paid for your time and
- Talk with your boss-and ask if there any options to
modify your role with a flexible schedule. Some companies
offer working remotely as an option which makes a difference if you
are juggling school activities and hours in the office.
- Not all Job Share Options are Equal. Initially
sharing a role may sound like a great option but depending on the
level of the position, it can be hard to divide responsibilities.
If you can create a 20-30 hour week option it may be easier than
splitting a job with another colleague.
- Make time for yourself. Even if it is carving
out 10 minute time blocks, remember you are better to others when
you have the chance to recharge. For some this can be working
out, for others it is meditating or taking a walk. Find what
works and stick to it.
In addition to sharing insights about work life balance, Corinne
also gave power tips for people who work in large multi-division
- Understand your core value and the business value of
each division. Each division is different from products to
culture. Have a clear idea of how your organization fits
within the larger corporation.
- Know where your division falls in the hierarchy of the
decision making process. Knowing how the top leaders of
each division work together and who has the most influence over
- Be willing to negotiate and also to settle to achieve
the common good. Finding solutions together is the best
way to make progress and achieve success.
- Meet once a quarter if possible in person
face-to-face. There is no substitute for creating strong
bonds in person.
If you want to learn more about Corinne, you can find her on
LinkedIn at Corinne
Renteria. And if you liked this episode please share it
with a friend or colleague.
Special thanks to Christy Hausser at www.teampodcast.com
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