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Emily Thompson

Coming back to work after having a baby can be challenging however, with the support of her manager and team, Emily has stepped back into the workplace after giving birth to not just one baby, but triplets! In fact, while Emily was on parental leave she was considered by her manager to be ideal for a role within the team that needed to be filled earlier than expected. Emily is currently taking on the short-term full-time role as Project Coordinator for STEM initiatives such as The Conocophillips Science Experience and Coder Dojo, both being hosted at ECU.

'ECU was very accommodating for my needs when I had the girls, Isabel, Sienna and Willow. The girls spent a lot of time in hospital the first few months, and it was a very busy time. At the end of my paid parental leave, I took 6 months unpaid parental leave. Towards the end of their first year, it was clear I needed more time off and my manager was very supportive. We discussed what would be suitable and I negotiated another 12 months of leave (unpaid). Then while on leave I was contacted and offered the opportunity to consider returning a little earlier than anticipated. Since I have been back, I have taken the opportunity to work in a short term Project Coordinator role. This has been great work experience. Next year I will go back to my previous role as School Officer and jobshare with another staff member. Jobshare will allow the flexibility I need to balance my work and home life while my girls are still young.

ECU is a great place to work and I enjoy it for the team environment, the professional development opportunities, location and facilities I have access to. My girls will go to the daycare centre on site next year and I was able to arrange my work days around the days I could get at childcare. This flexibility at work will really help me settle in and focus on what I can achieve while I am here.'

Project Coordinator, School of Science

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