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On Family and Career

Students interviewed their parents
07.11.2022
On Family and Career

Within their practical training, second-year students of the Journalism and Publishing College of the International College for Arts and Communication (MKIK) prepared a set of information materials in various genres. The students interviewed their parents about their professional formation and development. That made it possible for the interviewers to not only develop important journalistic skills and get to know their family members better but also get valuable tips from the older generation.

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During the interviews, students asked their parents about how they had started their professional paths and figured out the necessary qualities for their jobs. The interviewers asked their parents’ opinion on the importance and value of higher education. In addition, students were very interested in how difficult it was to balance between professional fulfillment and family care, parenthood, and personal life.

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Soon the students themselves will become graduates. They will immerse themselves in professional life and creating their own families. It is very important to make sure that the younger generation already has an idea of what awaits them, what difficulties they may encounter, and how to overcome them.

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In this article, we have combined all the most interesting answers about parenthood and careers that students have received. Many parents were very sincere and open when speaking not only about their moments of success but also their mistakes in order to help the younger generation avoid them.

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“One can combine career and parenthood. However, they will hardly be two equal areas of life. Each person must choose what is more important to him or her and then everything will be fine. A balance is important but everyone’s balance is different”.

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“These are two areas that are extremely difficult to combine. In some cases, you still have to make a choice. However, a few rules helped me in maintaining a balance. I am happy to share them: master planning skills, don’t be afraid to ask for help, be careful about yourself and your health, allocate at least 15 minutes a day for one-on-one communication with your children, and show your sincere interest to retain your ties with them”.

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“In our childhood, no one taught us how to build a family and raise children. We, like blind kittens, learned that from our own experience. We encountered difficulties and sometimes failed. Today, I am very happy that I found the strength and desire to follow this difficult path of combining my career, raising children, and taking care of my loved ones. People are happy when they are multifaceted. Being a mother, a wife, and a professional are three different spheres and each of them is very interesting. A child is happy when his or her parents are not limited to bringing him or her up at home but develop and fulfil themselves in areas interesting to them”.

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“I would advise the younger generation not to put off having a family. A family provides you with additional support and encouragement in any endeavor. Yes, it requires a lot of time, attention, and the ability to find compromises in different matters. However, it gives much more in return”.

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“I didn’t succeed in that matter at once. After giving birth to my first child, I was immersed in my work. I didn’t have time for my family. However, by the time my second daughter was born, I realized I had made a mistake. I decided to devote more time to my children. I don’t know whether I would have succeeded in my career if I had combined family and work from the beginning. However, my experience has shown that the chances of success are great if you do any business consistently. Everyone needs to choose whether to devote him- or herself to career first and then to his or her family or to fully devote him- or herself to professional fulfillment after the children grow up. The main thing is not to scold yourself when encountering failures”.

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“I’m probably not the best example of combining work and motherhood successfully. However, I was very lucky because I had amazing parents. In her 60s, my mother took my newborn daughter and helped me raise her. At that time, I devoted a lot of time to work. When my mom passed away, I took over the child’s care and tried to be a good parent, a close friend, and pillar of support. However, I am not sure that I did as well as I did in my profession. I think it is impossible to grasp the immensity. Therefore, everyone chooses his or her own path. You are greatly fortunate if you have close people who are ready to help you and support your choice”.

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“I try very hard to be not only a professional but also a good mother. I hope I cope with that. I have worked out a certain schedule for myself. I have two children and while they are in school I devote myself fully to my work and try to do my best. However, we spend our spare time together: we play board games, watch movies, walk in parks, go to the cinema, and enjoy active recreation with the whole family. Communication and common activities bring us closer to one another”.

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“It is important to make sure that the child feels loved, valued, respected, proud, and supported in everything. In the presence of all the components of this list, it is easier for children to accept the fact that their parents devote a lot of time to work. In my opinion, it is very valuable to the children if their parents are successful in their profession. When parents enjoy self-fulfilment and they are happy, that always contributes favourably to children’s lives”.

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“It’s much easier for men to combine career and family care because most of the housework and children’s upbringing often rests on women. Is that right and fair? The rules were different in my family: my wife and I had an opportunity to take turns combining work and parenthood. The one of us who had a day off would take care of the baby. We were equally involved in parenting and both could work. That’s a rare and valuable opportunity.

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“Combining parenthood and career is very difficult. However, one should strive to allocate time for both areas of life. There are cases when people work all their lives and then understand that they have no loved ones because they spent all their time making money. As for me, I wouldn’t choose that path but one shouldn’t forget about work as well. You need to find a balance that will help you stay afloat in both areas”.

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“My motto in balancing between career and family life is embodied by the phrase ‘divide and conquer’. That means that, when I’m at work, I am a single person, a focused and responsible boss. At the same time, at home, I am a mom open for heart-to-heart talks with my family member and ready to help and take care of my loved ones”.

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“It was difficult for me to combine work and parenthood. I wanted to spend more time with my children and watch them grow up. I ran from home to work and back and communicated with my children mostly on the phone. Although, of course, I tried very hard to be with my family at least on the weekends. I think then it would have been very helpful for me to hear some tips from people who have managed to combine career life and raising children”.

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“I’ve never cared about career advancement. My family and its well-being have always been more important to me. That’s why I left the military profession early enough. In my opinion, I did my duty honestly and was a good assistant commander of a ship. If I had pursued a career, I would still be serving and probably would have reached a high rank. However, I chose family. That was my conscious decision that I do not regret”.

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“Yes, it’s challenging to combine parenthood and career. But I cope with that task. There must be a balance between family and work. At the same time, I believe that one’s close people should always be one’s priority. When everything is fine at home, it becomes much easier to work. It is wonderful when a person goes to work because he or she likes it and then returns home where his or her family is waiting for him or her with great joy”.

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov


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