It’s new year jobs – and all that jazz – for two working mums
The new year brings new chances and in the office of Marlborough’s international jazz festival its time for job swops for mums seeking back to work opportunities.
Mother of two Kirsty Murphy, 36, who has been the festival’s database administrator for three years is on the move. Her task takes but one day a week but with her second child now at school, she is seeking extended employment.
And into her shoes has stepped 39-year-old Lorraine Perry, another mother of two, who is seeking a gentle return to work after more than five years away from employment bringing up Isobel, five, and Edward, who is four.
“Now my youngest is also at Preshute school I have more time to work,” she explains. “So I need to ease myself slowly back into a working life and one day a week to start with is very attractive to me.”
Lorraine worked for Vodaphone for almost eight years – her husband David still does – before taking a job in marketing and internal communications. Now she is looking forward to life in the festival’s High Street office.
“I used to really enjoy the festival before the children arrived,” she admits. “I like a bit of all sorts of music. Robbie Williams has to be a favourite.”
“I suppose I used to be a bopper but children don’t allow too much bopping these days.”
For Kirsty, mother of Libby, four, and Annie, seven, her task in the festival office has grown and become more and more interesting. “It’s been lots of fun,” says Kirsty, whose husband Martin works for Xerox.
“I’ve enjoyed the experience very much, but now I have more time to work and the festival being a charity couldn’t offer me any more hours than the one day I was doing.”
“So that’s the only reason why I’m leaving and Lorraine is taking over from me.”