Being a mom in the technology field
Working from home helps connecting people with their careers, as well as with their personal life. In this blog post, Alejandra Ponce explains how working from home has helped her balancing her career in the technology field while being a mom of two.
Last November, I gave birth to a beautiful baby. He and his older brother are my life. Being a mom is the most fulfilling job I have ever had, but even back then I knew I wanted my life to be more than that. Earlier this year, I decided that it was time for me to get back to work, and the thought of not being able to see my kids grow was devastating. They will only be this little once, and I didn’t want to miss it.
I found ioet on the web; it was one of the very few software companies with headquarters in Ecuador that offered me the option to work 100% remote from home, allowing me to be present for my sons while at the same time allowing me to grow professionally. Furthermore, they equipped me with all the technological tools I needed to work and even gave me a few months of training before assigning me to a client.
This job has flexible hours that fit perfectly with my new mom schedule, sometimes including visits to the pediatrician or simply taking my kids to the park. On the very few occasions that I went to the office, the experience has been more than pleasant. Kids and pets are allowed at the office, so I know that when I get there with a huge stroller carrying my chubby baby, I’ll be welcomed.
Everyone is always talking about equality at the workplace and how the gender gap in the tech world needs to shrink, but actions speak louder than words, and companies like ioet contribute to this great cause. Women’s careers are affected the most once they start a family, always having to choose between their job or their kids. I’m happy to say that I did not have to make that decision. I hope that more women are as fortunate as me and they get to join a fantastic company that understands that they are more than just employees.