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Share this episode with a friend In this episode, I interview Helena who is about to complete 3 years of study to start a new career. She is a mother of twins and we talk about how that has influenced her path, the education system and working in a female-dominated industry. The Lowdown - Family of 4 - 1 working parent (full time) - 1 parent doing study and placements - 2 school-aged children 1:46 Sleep on a scale of student to not student 2:30 Good sleepers 3:00 Who are the people in your family 3:16 Work travel and study 3:38 Mum and Dad close by 3:58 Studying full time and placements 4:50 Overnight help with children for shift work 5:40 No other students have kids so can be more flexible and can swap shifts 6:40 Watching study happening from a distance 7:18 Not a lot of belief in myself as a student 7:40 Education systems failing students 8:16 Valuing traditional subjects more highly, creative subjects ranked lower 8:50 Linking up students on the Autism spectrum and businesses that value those skills (The work I was talking about here is the Dandelion Program as talked about in this article and video https://itspmagazine.com/itsp-chronicles/cybersecurity-and-autism-the-values-are-obvious) 10:30 Schools not designed for good educational outcomes and life skills 12:12 Overvaluing university education 12:50 Don't all need to strive for the same thing 13:36 Parenting superpowers 14:20 Independence in children 14:50 Independence Day at school 16:38 Confidence and being out of your comfort zone 17:08 Going into situations with confidence 18:10 Not looking like the one who feels like they shouldn't be there 19:00 Raising a child with the kind of adult you are producing in mind 19:44 Looking for things beyond being 'mum' 20:10 Twin mum experience 20:58 Intense and compressed parenting of pre-school aged kids 21:10 Twins always have someone else to take new steps with 22:20 Parent of first child at school 23:18 Sending kids out with set instructions for acceptable behaviour 24:12 Husband's superpower 24:16 Patience 25:04 Mothers watching sons become parents 26:30 Men growing in the emotional intelligence department when becoming fathers 27:20 How are school drop offs and pick ups organised 28:08 Big effort from mum! 29:08 School holidays don't match up with uni holidays 29:42 Holiday at the grandparents! 30:04 OSHC cost prohibitive on one income 30:50 School holidays are hard work! 31:46 Swap kids with other parents 32:04 School activities that work for all ages/genders 33:26 After school activities 34:02 Spending a whole day at kid sports 34:24 Do you have a choice in your path? 34:44 Uni hours not flexible 35:30 Flexibility to contribute to own rosters 36:08 University study was a choice you could make 36:58 If I am doing this study then we are REALLY doing this 37:50 We are all in this 38:22 Adjustment of going back into work for men and women 39:38 Wife buffer 40:20 Doing study that costs money and not bringing in any money 41:44 Achieve more when on placement and I have less time 41:58 Semi-procrastinator 42:08 Downsides? 42:44 Not spending time with the children 43:04 Bigger picture looks better once study has finished and at work 44:12 Shift work and night shift means more tiredness 44:20 Next step for family? 44:46 Working, a new unknown environment, transitioning to doing instead of learning 45:00 A holiday! 46:14 Going too long without a holiday 46:30 Using up leave of the 'mandatory' family events 48:06 Camping 48:58 Camping with young kids 50:12 LIttle ones can't escape from a portable cot 51:46 Are your family responsibilities well supported at work 52:00 Husbands work is family friendly 52:58 Fellow students and university have been really supportive 53:44 Placement is sorted out with other students more than workplace 54:50 University benefits from graduating class with different levels of experience

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