To top it all, her role entailed a fair amount of travel, something she had always loved doing. However, the scenario and priorities changed drastically with a little one to look after.
“That year was tough but I managed to juggle things around. However, when I gave birth to our second child in 2004, I knew I needed to take a break. I still tried to balance work and family.”
In 2006, when her second child was two years old, she finally decided to take a career break.
“It was a tough decision because I loved my work. But for me, being hands-on in bringing up my children was a priority.”
Never a dull moment
During her years away from Accenture, Suyin’s desire to continue sharpening her skills led her to venture into entrepreneurship. In 2007, she established a learning centre which operated for two years. During this period, she worked as a learning coach for several training centres, Accenture being one of her clients.
On the birth of her third child in 2008 and with the demands of a growing family, Suyin once again decided to take a year from employment, fully dedicating her time to being a mother of three kids over the following years.
Return to Accenture
Despite having left Accenture in 2004, Suyin managed to stay connected with her colleagues. When a senior role as an Asia Pacific Client Resourcing Liaison for a Business Human Resources account opened in the company in 2009, she was referred by a former colleague through the Accenture Alumni Referral Programme and became a top choice for the position because of her deep understanding of the account’s portfolios and business dynamics.
Five years after, Suyin continues to work in the same capacity as the Client Account Staffing & Operation Lead, collaborating with project leads and Human Resources partners to lead staffing requirements. Her work involves the gamut from planning to sourcing and arranging for employee trainings as required by the client.
Although the work offers great flexibility on most days, it still presents a different set of challenges on occasion. Because the role requires her to deal with colleagues from other countries as far as the United Kingdom and United States, Suyin leverages a lot on online tools to interact with her virtual team. She also adjusts her work schedule from time to time to be able to talk to her colleagues live through teleconferences.
On the whole, however, Suyin describes her transition as smooth and she received the full support of her colleagues and family.