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Old 18.09.2011, 23:02
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Re: Part Time work as a mom - Which option would you take ?

Totally disagree! I have more than 20 years of professional experience from Switzerland. During this time I've made a career, had kids, started my own business, restarted my career.

In my opinion, Switzerland is a great country for a well educated woman to make and keep a career in.

The hurdles are all in ones preconceptions and those, of course the local women often suffer much more from. However, for those of us having grown up in more egalitarian countries, there are no reasons why we shouldn't be able to have a great career in Switzerland.


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You know, I keep hoping to read more success stories here, but as someone who had a solid IT career back in the states, coming here and seeing the tax rates, the salaries and the hurdles women go through to work, it just depresses me to no end reading most of the stories of the real-world experiences here. I suspect that reducing your hours here is just the first step in moving you to full-time something else....
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Old 19.09.2011, 07:31
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Re: Part Time work as a mom - Which option would you take ?

Two generations ago, women rarely worked outside the home in Australia. My grandmothers never had paid jobs. One raised 12 children, one raised 2. My mother worked around all of us, but in low-paid jobs until her 50's when she returned to university and worked up to the top salary for her profession.

What I *love* about switzerland is that my husband can earn a high enough salary that we could live very comfortably as a sole-income family. I work because I love to work, and am happier when I also have my own income, and for my career, and my sanity...

We are doing a lot better here than we would back home, we are much better paid (not just with the exhange rate, we are better paid compared to the cost of living here) and we do manage to combine work and children.

I don't find the tax rates too high - they are lower than I would pay in Australia - although it does suck a bit that my husband earns more and pays less tax than I do - our money all goes into the one 'pot' so in the end we have a 'package deal' that we are happy with
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Old 19.09.2011, 09:36
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Re: Part Time work as a mom - Which option would you take ?

I second those saying to go for the 90% in four days. An entire day seems so much more useful than a half day (at least in my experience) in terms of the activities that can be planned, appointments that can be made, errands that can be run, etc.

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You know...being in the 21st century, haven't we moved on beyond this sort of thing? My mom was an MD. I was a latchkey kid before it was even a coined term. Kids know when their parents love them whether or not mom works and, frankly, I thought the world of my mother being educated and smart and such. I was also one of those dorks who cooked dinner, did laundry and, well, didn't know what sex was until sr. year of uni...unlike the bitchy housewife's kids down the street who got knocked up jr. year of high school.... I really hate how we are guilted into staying at home as if our imprisonment has something to do with whether or not our kids turn out ok when, in fact, it has little to do with it. Love your kids, and make yourself
happy by doing what makes you happy...including doing work outside the home that you love. (sorry, don't mean to start a SAHM war but...I just really hate this sort of admonishment)
I am a SAHM, and I too tire of the never-ending "war" between SAH and working moms. The fact is that for some, a career makes them a happier, more satisfied person, and for others, staying at home provides the fulfillment that they seek. And the bottom line is that a) a happier, more satisfied mom is a better mom; as well as b) there are absolutely NO guarantees, as Poptart said. You'll never know how your kid would or wouldn't have turned out if you chose a different path, because you didn't choose that path! Resolve to lose the guilt and make the most of the path you are actually on!

(Apologies to OP for going off on a slight tangent!)
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