Since going on maternity leave over 7 years ago, I’ve attempted working in several different jobs trying to fit it in with life as a new mum and working. I’ve been a full-time mum, I’ve attempted to work for myself as an accountant in practice, I’ve attempted to juggle 3 to 4 different accounting contracts at the same time, I’ve even gone off in a tangent and attempted other things like this blog and other writing gigs. However, in the last four years the one thing I have held onto has been working for Aqilla.
Last week, was the first time the whole company from all over the world got together for a full company meeting. Everyone who works for Aqilla – all 20 of us gathered together in London’s Capital Tower. There were people there from all over England but also from Ukraine, Malta and Russia.
There were people who were there from the very inception, people there who do magic to make Aqilla work – more commonly known as the programmers. There were people who can’t speak very good English but can communicate through a computer language that I wouldn’t know where to start from. There were people there who can sell and market the product and do the hard graft in making Aqilla work. And obviously the people who originally had the idea and the guts to make all of this become real. I am completely in awe of these people and I feel very fortunate to be part of this company.
For me personally, one of the reasons I love working for Aqilla is the complete flexibility I have in doing the work whenever I want, even if that means in the middle of the night as was the case when my girls were younger and didn’t sleep through the night. Nowadays, its more about fitting it in between the school runs and nativity play and other after school activities. I got my #FlexibleWorking life before flexible working became a hashtag and something to strive for.
Another thing that I will always be grateful for is how I got this job. Before going on maternity leave I started blogging on Accountingweb. Once I went on maternity leave and started thinking about going to work I found it so hard trying to combine being a good mum and employee. Even though I love planning things to the last detail, I was so unprepared for the balancing act of parenting and working. I’m not sure if I will ever be satisfied with what I have but I know I am very lucky with what I have at the moment.