This Irish mother was unable to find the firm that gave her a flexible schedule… so she has created her own

  • This Irish mother was unable to find the firm that gave her a flexible schedule… so she has created her own
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    Living in the South of France with her partner and two children, five minutes from the Mediterranean sea, running your own business…
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Living in the South of France with her partner and two children, five minutes from the Mediterranean sea, running your own business…

It sounds like a dream, but Limerick-born Karen O’reilly and her family returned to Ireland five years ago, as they wanted their children “growing up Irish”.

“We were sitting on the fence for about two years, before returning home. After I helped the children in transition moving schools and settled in, I went out to find some work for myself, but I found it very difficult,” she said regardless.t. E.

A qualified accountant, Karen was self-employed in his own company in France for nearly 12 years, but she said that she did not “fit into any box”, it is unlucky.

“I realized that there is practically no options for flexible work, and it was something that I had a light bulb moment for EmployMum.”

The first Karen port of call was her local enterprise office, which she attributes largely to the online Platform from the ground.

Her idea was to create a kind of match service for employers and employees, providing opportunities for mothers to fit together family and work life, giving employers access to untapped skilled labor.

After completing the course to start their own businesses and got insights through 1:1 mentoring, that was after the EXXCEL programme on CIT, that “dream became reality”.

“I was still getting a lot of support and mentoring from the local enterprise office, but I was now creating a website for the company, conducting market research, working for the whole day,” said Karen.

With candidate base zero, my mother-two big problems with the construction of its platform was that she didn’t know anyone in the area.

The family moved back to Clonakilty, is that they have fallen in love with a trip to Ireland when they lived abroad, but her network was small, that did not exist.

“I joined the network cork [nonprofit national organization for women in business] and it opened a lot of doors for me. It’s such a friendly, supportive joint space.

“My first year in business, we had no money, I’m just focused on growing the business and creating a brand. Last year he really started to work, we begin matching prospective employees with customers”.

When EmployMum got to the media, said Karen that she was with the “avalanche of interest” from candidates wishing to return to work. But when she realized how much time she spent on the phone with the leadership for these women, she brought the panel of coaches.

“I’m not a professional counselor but, for many of these mothers, the confidence is the main issue for them when looking for a flexible work schedule. So we call them our coaches, it’s all part of a holistic approach”.

The company also offers free back-to-work workshops, with the support of the Bank of Ireland, which is designed to give candidates practical tools to help them get back to work.

With 3000 registered users on the site, Karen said that some major multinational corporations among its clients, and companies are now turning to EmployMum looking for tips on how to be more flexible to attract talented professionals.

With a new office in Limerick, and another due to open its doors in Dublin before Christmas, Karen is negotiating to provide additional funding for expansion of the company and its employees.

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