Julie Bernhardt

As part of our “Inspiring Working Mums” series, Julie Bernhardt shares her advice to help other working Mums.

Julie Bernhardt: Professor, Head of Stroke, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

My best advice for your career is …

Pick a partner who believes in sharing responsibilities of caring for children and the family home. Negotiate responsibilities. Recognise that in any career there are periods when the career goals of one partner may take precedence over another, but make sure it is not always in one direction. If you choose to stay home for awhile with a child, don’t spend all your time fretting about what you are missing at work, time goes by very quickly – enjoy it.

My most satisfying thing about being a Mum is …

My most satisfying thing about being a Mum is: Watching your child grow into an inquisitive, independent, happy and productive adult – and knowing you played a really important role in them getting there. What a privilege.

My best advice for managing the juggle of work and family is …

Don’t be too hard on yourself. There are periods when you feel like you are unable to meet your goal of being a good mother or achieve your other life or work goals, but just sort of scape by in both – hang in there, it works itself out. In addition to a) – having a good partner, also make sure you cultivate friends who you can be honest with, they are likely feeling exactly the same as you.

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