Presentation on theme: "Work-Life Balance My two cents…"— Presentation transcript:
1Work-Life Balance My two cents… Martine CeberioAssociate Professor of Computer ScienceAnything about your own experiences, maintaining the work-life-balance as a professor and during the tenure process, and whatever else you think advanced graduate students would find valuable would be perfect.
3Why Work-Life Balance? Because we need / want (?) to attend to both Because we feel time-conflictedWhy Work-Life Balance?
4Certain job and career choices are fundamentally incompatible with being meaningfully engaged on a day-to-day basis with a young familyIt's up to us as individuals to take control and responsibility for the type of lives that we want to lead. If you don't design your life, someone else will design it for you, and you may just not like their idea of balance.We have to be careful with the time frame that we choose upon which to judge our balance. A day is too short; "after I retire" is too long. There's got to be a middle way.We need to approach balance in a balanced way.The small things matter. Being more balanced doesn't mean dramatic upheaval in your life.Some interesting points
5Take Control Pick a career that will make you happy You need to know what you wantSet your priorities and do your best to stick to themThere are all sorts of possible prioritiesTake Control
6Be Realistic There is no perfect day There is no need to postpone hope of balance until retirementExample:When I travel, there is no balanceJust like on vacation, there is no balance eitherBut over time, you can achieve itBe Realistic
7How about an academic career? As was said earlier, it depends on your career…It depends on what you wantI am going to focus on what I know:Being a professor at a universityWith 2 children (almost 6, and 7)How about an academic career?
8Good things about this job FlexibleRun by passion (of research, of teaching)So that helps with “taking control”, doing what you like Good things about this job
9Challenges for Work-Life Balance On the tenure track (and possibly beyond )Pressure to produce scholarly work, to obtain fundingChallenge to balance Research / Teaching / ServiceTrips away from home and familyChallenges for Work-Life Balance
10What people say and some do 80-hour weeks~ 11-hour days, 7 days a week…80-hour weeks before childrenDoable but consistently?I did it before children but did not make me the most interesting person 80-hour weeks with childrenHas happened but was very exceptionalImpossible in the long run, for meWhat people say and some do
11How do I address that? I set my priorities Family first: my childrenResist pressure: e.g., tenure-clock stopI yearn to achieve balance over timeWeeks are my time-frameSome days are harder than othersHow do I address that?
12It is possible! My experience My tips Had my two children during tenure trackTenure-track lasted 8 years (stopped the tenure clock twice)Took a summer off for my first child, an FMLA for my second child, another FMLA for my mother’s illnessHad health issuesStopped working 80-hrs 3 years inMy tipsDo what you like: resist pressureStand for your valuesYou do not want to get tenure on a job you do not like, at an institution and with colleagues who do not share your valuesIt is possible!