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Do children and careers mix? A working mother's perspective

Cuddy, Suzie (2012) Do children and careers mix? A working mother's perspective. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The overall objective of this dissertation is to identify if working women themselves feel that their careers have suffered as a direct result of having children. There exists an array of theory and literature in regard to the barriers working mothers face on return to work after having children and the hampering these barriers can do to women’s careers. However, this dissertation aims to link the literature to the subjects themselves and identify if the subjects do indeed feel that their careers have suffered since having children.

A mono-method approach was used using qualitative methods and analysis. A total of nine women were interviewed from all different industries and age groups.

The findings of this research were analysed in-depth and very much supported the majority of the literature bar a few. As a result of having children the women interviewed felt their careers had suffered. They also felt that they have been excluded from certain networking groups as a result of having children and that this has possibly restricted their opportunities. Mentors were identified as aid in their career progression.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Classes of Labour > Women and Work
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 22 May 2013 09:08
Last Modified: 22 May 2013 09:08

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