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Aisha Ahmad's Advice on Balancing Work and Career

In 2017, Aisha Ahmad was appointed Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. When women are pursuing their dreams and breaking glass ceilings, it makes younger girls aspire to greatness in life and believe they can achieve extraordinary things.
Aisha was the youngest person to hold this position at age 41. At that time, she already had twenty solid years of experience and expertise in the financial industry! Now this is one woman who is an achiever. 

Prior to this role, she was the Head consumer banking at Diamond Bank and Chairperson Executive Council WIMBIZ. An organisation helping women attain leadership positions in the corporate world and in public service.

Have you wondered how she combines both her career and the home-front? 

I remember when I was to give a talk on work-life balance to a women focused group;while I was making my research,I found out that a lot of women were falling under the weight of too much work load and are working round the clock. This hectic lifestyle leaves no room for rest and rejuvenation, thus leading to low productivity at work and in their personal life.  

I can only imagine what a woman in a 9-5 role is going through since I have never had a 9-5 job myself but involved in businesses where I set my own time.

So if you are like me asking the question of how this woman was able to combine her career and home front and still be a success, here it is:

"The availability of affordable childcare, which is very expensive in other countries – has been very useful to me as a career woman in Africa; its helped me to have care givers at home when I had to be away. 

"Having a supportive extended family is also a potent lever. Technological advancement is also creating flexible working and family arrangements which help us balance it all; you don’t have to be physically available or in the same continent as your children to keep in touch with them, neither do you have to be physically at work to achieve your goals. 

"Furthermore, with increasingly versatile careers – many of us will have several careers in a lifetime – sometimes at the same time! I expect things to get even better with people having more control over their schedules allowing them to regulate how much time they devote to family versus career in the course of a lifetime".

The summary

1. Availability of child care givers.

2. Support of extended family.

3. The use of technology to keep in touch while away from home and also to communicate with colleagues while away from the work place.

Have a beautiful experience implementing what works for you.


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