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Managing your transition from work to parental leave

Audience: Expectant mothers (academic and professional)
Registration: Please complete the Expression of Interest and we will contact you when more sessions become available.

The session is designed to support  women in navigating the complex transitional time associated with the planning and commencement of parental leave. Participants will be guided to consider key aspects of a successful transition to and from parental leave, discuss potential roadblocks and explore strategies to manage expectations of self and others.

The session will consist of facilitated discussions, activities and goal setting around managing a successful transition to parental leave (“what happens to my career after I have a baby?”).

Topics covered include:

  • Managing expectations of self, supervisors, colleagues and other stakeholders
  • Identifying priorities and potential challenges
  • Working on solutions to overcome major concerns (ie impact of career interruption on research productivity)
  • Feeling empowered to engage in conversations about employment arrangements before commencing parental leave
  • Understanding the role of a supervisor in supporting your transition back to work


Managing your transition from parental leave to work

Audience: Academic and professional staff who have returned from parental leave in past 12 months
Registration: Please complete the Expression of Interest and we will contact you when more sessions become available.

The session is designed to support new parents in their transition from parental leave to work. Participants will be able to explore typical challenges experienced by parents within the first year on their return from parental leave. The session will consist of facilitated discussions, activities and  goal setting around managing a successful transition to work (“how do I make it all work?”).

Topics covered include:

  • Managing expectations of self, supervisors, colleagues and other stakeholders
  • Who am I? How do I feel now? What is important for me?
  • Identifying and recognising shifting priorities
  • Managing my new dual role
  • Tips to more successfully combine my career aspirations with family responsibilities
  • Understanding the role of a supervisor in supporting your transition back to work
  • Communicating my expectations

Supporting new fathers in the workplace

Audience: Academic and professional staff
Registration: Please complete the Expression of Interest and we will contact you when more sessions become available.

Content overview:

Modern dads are spending more time with their children while balancing their career, often with little reduction in their work fraction or access to a support network. Research studies show that fathers’ engagement in child rearing positively affects the children’s developmental outcomes  but also has a positive impact on the mother’s career options.

The session is designed for new fathers looking for strategies to successfully manage both their professional and personal lives and who would like to more effectively manage expectations of self and others. Participants will be able to discuss any work-life conflicts caused by competing needs in their  lifestyle, including guilt and shifting priorities.