On Wednesday 10 February, we were excited to host our first ever online Women’s Networking Event, ‘How to Succeed at the Work, Family, Life Balance’. Our guest speakers for the event were Hannah Aykroyd (1999-2001; Portway), Director of Aykroyd and Co. and Jasmine Ferreira (2004-2006; Martins), Head of Marketing at JP Morgan. They shared with us how they have managed their successful careers, alongside a family and personal life.
Both Hannah and Jasmine are working mums; Hannah has two children under the age of two and Jasmine is currently pregnant with her second child. On top of this, they both maintain highly successful careers as Hannah has independently started her own property buying firm based in Central London, and Jasmine liaises with clients all over the world as Marketing Manager at a well-renowned banking company.
We spoke to Jasmine first and asked all about how she has succeeded so well at balancing her work, family, and personal life. Jasmine explained that, despite her career ambitions, when she first became pregnant, she took the time to prioritise this but came back to work with a promotional goal, which she achieved! She advised that there is no harm in asking for, and aspiring to, a promotion but, at the same time, life needs to come first and a company will not fold if you take much-needed time off for your family. She said it is important to “follow your dreams and be happy with what you do at the same time!”
We then spoke to Hannah who has many pulls on her time as she runs her business, has two young sons, and works closely with The Princess Trust. Hannah’s business, Aykroyd and Co., is one of the top ten buying firms across the UK. Hannah hugely enjoys her career and the control she has as a business owner. This has allowed her to be independent and engineer the flexibility in life that she desires when it comes to her family, so she does not miss the precious moments of her children growing up. Hannah advised that it is important to “make sure you are happy with the balance.”
Both Jasmine and Hannah believe that there is no right answer to the work, family, life balance, and the most important thing is to do what works best for you. We finished by asking both ladies what their greatest achievement is. Jasmine answered that hers is the voice and respect that she has gained, and Hannah said she is proud of setting up her own business and the recognition that has come with it.
Watch the full webinar by clicking here.