Balancing personal priorities and projects – all in a day’s work.
Finding an empowering career role can be a challenge for a parent wanting to work part time. Kerryn Beck, a Project Manager in Auckland shares her experience of managing the balance between career and a busy home life.
“It can be a challenge to find a part time project management role” explains Kerryn who manages a range of electrical engineering projects. “I get to manage some really interesting projects - from substation build and redevelopment, to asset relocations for subdivision and roading projects. I just look after less projects overall compared to a full time Project Manager.”
Kerryn originally trained as a mechanical engineer and joined Edison in 2018. All her projects were new initiatives and now she’s now getting to see the results “The job is really challenging but rewarding. You can actually see the things you’ve built”. Things can be a bit stressful when all the elements of a project are coming together at once, but Kerryn gets the support she needs from the wider team. “There aren’t many aspects of the whole sector that people haven’t worked in. Everyone is really supportive, and you can phone anyone across offices if you need help.”
The combination of rewarding work, a good bunch of people, and flexible working were key motivators for Kerryn to join the team. Managing a household of two young children and a husband with significant career demands meant work flexibility was critical. “Our family is very active, so I’m kept pretty busy supporting my kids with their activities like swimming, dancing and mountain biking. There’s quite a bit of time spent as a taxi driver service and I do Crossfit to stay fit and keep up with my kids. I recently completed the Spirted Women adventure race in Northland which was a huge amount of fun.”
Although Kerryn sometimes feels like she’s flying by the seat of her pants, the flexibility Edison offers her is a big help. “I can take time off when needed to attend important events for my kids. I’m also not tied down to certain hours as long as I get the work done. This was a big draw card for me when I returned to the work force.”