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Claire Taylor's Experience
Claire joined CBRE as a graduate surveyor and is now a Director in the Valuation & Advisory department. Claire is passionate about supporting both men and women's careers alongside family life and getting the right balance.
1. What were, or are, the biggest challenges you faced going back into the work place having had children?
The biggest challenge I continue to face is getting the balance right. The ‘right’ balance is different for everyone, but it’s a constant juggling act between your home life and your professional self. I was always sure that I wanted to return to work, I’ve found my career to be an important part of my own identity and I enjoy it. That said, my children are my number one priority. There are always competing and often conflicting demands on your time. Juggling these daily is tiring and it continues to be my biggest challenge.
2. How did your career change after having children?
The most significant impact on my career post children was that my career decisions were no longer just about my career. Other important factors such as flexibility and the culture of an organisation became as important to me as the job description. I would say though that contrary to what most people would anticipate, I actually found having children made be braver in my career decisions. I’ve found it easier to leave my comfort zone and really be determined about what I want to achieve.
3. How do you balance your career with your family?
The honest answer is with difficulty! It is forever evolving and so constantly needs re-evaluating as the children grow up. I was given some very valuable advice when I returned from having my first child; set out your parameters and define your boundaries between work and home from the outset. It sounds simple, but in practise it’s hard to achieve. For me, time has become more precious (and scarce!) which has, in turn, made me far more organised and disciplined, I find I prioritise much more effectively now a days.
4. How has working for CBRE enhanced your family/ work life balance?
Working for a company that supports working parents and provides flexibility is crucial. I have been very lucky; I started working for CBRE as a graduate nearly 10 years ago now. Since then I’ve had two children and CBRE has supported me through both providing me the flexibility I’ve needed to make it work. Support, when you return from maternity, leave initially has been key for me as your confidence is often low; we run a maternity buddy scheme internally as well as external maternity coaching from Talking Talent. These are very helpful tools, which combined with a supportive team made the transition as smooth as possible.
5. If you could give your ‘pre-children’ self, one piece of advice about being a working mother, what would it be?
Be prepared for challenges and for bumpy times, but don’t give up on your dreams – whatever they may be. It is possible to do both, if you want to. Looking for an employer that understands the needs of the modern working family and encompasses these values can make a huge difference.
6. What is it about this industry that appeals to you?
The people, it is a very sociable industry and I really enjoy speaking to clients and colleagues. I have some great friends within my network and I find that really rewarding.