Women in Design
2nd December, 2009 by Elizabeth Toševski
I just want to gather some general feedback with my current situation...
I'm a GD with a B.Des and 6+ years professional experience in Ad agencies, Design Studios and Publishing Houses. I am also a mum to a beautiful little boy. I returned to work after 8 or so months of mat. leave and a few months after that finally decided to leave my uninspiring job that wasn't going places.
On my CV, I have the words "status: married / mum to an 18 month old" (well heck, I've listed things I like, so it seemed inadequate to leave this part out)... my quest for finding work has been rather tough lately and have had some responses which initiate that as I have such a young son (and maybe as I am likely to have more children soon) I might be a disadvantage or have a negative impact of some kind, regardless of my talent or skills.
I understand that the industry is tough at this time with employers playing it safe. I also understand that there are plenty of hungry and talented creatives out there also looking for work and the fact that in general, design is a very tough field in terms of job vs seeker ratios.
Which leaves me to ask... Is the future as bright for women designers (especially who are looking for a new job) with either young kids in tow or at a stage when they're feeling maternal? Also, if I leave this part of info out of my CV, would my chances of landing an interview or job be any higher?
I'd love to hear some honest feedback!
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