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Win the gift of #WorkthatWorks - a place on the Digital Mums Social Media Management Course worth £1,800 [NOW CLOSED]

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JennelynMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 30-Jan-17 09:32:14

Digital Mums are firm believers that flexible work - or ‘work that works’ as they call it - should be seen as the norm and not the exception. It shouldn’t be a luxury only afforded to a lucky few, so they’ve teamed up with us to give two lucky Mumsnetters the opportunity to win the gift of #WorkThatWorks - two FREE places on their popular online Social Media Management Course (worth £1,800)!

All you have to do to get your hands on the prize, is comment on this post with why #WorkThatWorks is important to you. Please note, good things don’t come easy and this course is not for the faint-hearted. You’ll need to be prepared to put in 15 hours a week for 22 weeks, but will have plenty of support along the way in the form of the fab Digital Mums Guides as well as your very own Digital Mums cohort - a group of seven sympathetic mums who are all doing the training at the same time as you and have your tired back! One winner will be selected from this thread and the second will be selected from this competition page

If you’d like more information on what their fantastic Social Media Management Course involves, visit the Digital Mums website or check out what some of their graduates have to say about it. Alternatively, if you have any questions, feel free to comment below and DigitalMums1 will get back to you.

Competition closing date: Friday 3 February, 2017

See the full competition page here for more details plus T&Cs here

BrieAndChilli Fri 03-Feb-17 22:58:33

Childcare for 3 just doesn't make a normal job worth it, a job that fits around the kids yet starts me off in a career that I can expand on is worth it's wait in gold, id never be able to afford £180 for the course let alone £1800 as there is always something else more important that our money needs to be spent on!!

MrsKwazii Fri 03-Feb-17 23:08:29

#WorkThatWorks is important because I want to develop my career to fit around my family and my life - not the other way round.

I've been jobsharing since having my first child. It's been wonderful in many ways but it's proving hard to move onwards and upwards to the next challenge, the next role, when I want to continue working flexibly.

The majority of advertised jobs are for full time posts. I’ve contacted companies who have flat out told me that they will not consider part time or jobshare applicants. It’s disheartening how many employers are stuck in the five days a week rut. There is so much talent, experience and drive going to waste because of it.

Working in a linked industry, my skills would be a good fit for the Digital Mums course. From the outline, it sounds incredibly hard work, but there's nothing like practical on the job training to really get the hang of something. I want to develop those skills and move on to the next stage of my working life.

I've been following some Digital Mums on Twitter and love their honesty about what you need to put in, but can also feel their optimism and excitement about what they're getting back from it. I want to join them.

confuugled1 Fri 03-Feb-17 23:52:24

There are so many reasons that I'd love to do this course and experience for myself #WorkThatWorks that it's difficult to know where to begin.

Like so many others I ended up not being able to carry on in my career after ds1 was born as it just proved impossible to juggle work, childcare and life. Moving out of London and the arrival of ds2 made things so much better for an enjoyable life - apart from the gaping hole left by not being able to work again. I missed the cameraderie, the challenges, the satisfaction of doing a good job well - but there just wasn't a viable way to combine work and motherhood that worked for our family.

Seeing this competition, reading about Digital Mums and discovering the opportunities provided by the Social Media Management Course and #WorkThatWorks all sounds like an amazing dream come true. As a former User Experience consultant I have skills that I believe would dovetail very well with Social Media Management and thus would enable me to provide an exceptional service to clients.

Having the chance to learn new skills and develop them alongside a team of specialists as well as a cohort of beginners doing the course together sounds an inspirational way to learn as well as to build a support network. I would relish the challenges brought forward by the course and love the chance to spend 15 hours a week getting to really know and understand the subject in depth.

To come out of the course with skills that are in demand is the icing on the cake - a incredible opportunity to really discover #WorkThatWorks and experience the benefits for myself and my family. Being able to contribute to the family as a working mum would help me as an individual to become more than just a mum, to rediscover my self and my passions, as well providing an excellent example to my dc, balancing life and work and loving it all.

ChopperHopper Fri 03-Feb-17 23:58:35

It is approaching midnight and the cutoff point for this fantastic, once in a lifetime chance. I have been dreaming about this chance for myself in ages but haven't had the guts to enter so far, but it has been nagging and nagging away at me constantly. So here I am!

I was made redundant 7 years and 10 months ago whilst pregnant with my first child. At that time we lived in Ireland and were going through a terrible recession. I tried endlessly but could find no work - I considered and applied for everything and anything. My little boy arrived and was soon followed 15 months later by my second little boy as a wonderful surprise. By that time the recession in Ireland was so bad that my husband had to close down his business and we lost everything so decided the only way was up and to get ourselves out of that situation. When my second son was six weeks old my husband found a new job in the UK and went to work there. With a tiny baby and toddler I managed our move over to the UK on my own and we upped and left with only the clothes and furniture that we owned and started our lives from scratch leaving our entire family behind in Ireland. I spent my savings on that move so have nothing left to invest in myself and so now we have got ourselves going but we are still going round in circles trying to save money for the most important things in life.

For the past 7 years and 3 months I have stayed at home and dedicated myself to my children, mostly because I feel that is what was right for them, but also because we couldn't afford childcare! Now I want to buy a home for my boys instead of being answerable to landlords and estate agents and show them what hard work brings, setting them the example that women can do anything they can set their minds to. I also want to use my brain and get working again, I don't enjoy feeling that I don't have that working input in our family life.

I'm not going to lie, at times my confidence is low, but I'm steely and determined, I think I have shown a certain bravery and, by God, I work hard and give everything my very best. I'm very proficient at social media and can turn my hand to most things. I speak foreign languages (German, French and Japanese) and my previous background is working in the financial markets. My husband is a Graphic Designer (a fantastic one at that!) and so I'm not short of skills in one way or another - I just need to put them together and use them and rediscover who I am outside of being "Mummy"! Of course the most important thing about this is that I can fit my work in around the boys too - the whole essence of what Digital Mums is all about.

I have requested the course information from you previously and found what you offer the most wonderful and exciting opportunity. Unfortunately I just don't have the £1800 to invest in it even though I have secretly been coming up with plans of how I could find it. It's such a long shot to enter this competition so I've already decided to find night time work by cleaning to save up to be able to afford it if this doesn't work!

So that's why #WorkThatWorks matters to me. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this wonderful competition.

Mummykempy Fri 03-Feb-17 23:59:50

Yes please! I have been inspired by all the #workthatworks stories on the website and have been considering this for some time. It has just been the cost holding me back...I am saving up. But this competition may give me that opportunity. I am committed, inspired and excited to find work that fits around my three children and a husband who works away. Please make this dream a reality. Thank you!

JennelynMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 04-Feb-17 00:05:29

This #Workthatworks Digital Mums competition thread is now closed! Thanks for all of your fantastic entries. It's going to be a really tough decision.

Bernie16 Wed 08-Feb-17 13:32:04

Hi. Will you be announcing the winners in this page? Thx.

JennelynMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 08-Feb-17 13:45:44

Hi Bernie,

DigitalMums1 will indeed be making an announcement today.

It has been a very tough decision and the DM's Admissions team have also been looped in to ensure eligibility for the course.

Over to you DigitalMums1... Drumrolls...

Bernie16 Wed 08-Feb-17 13:58:51

Thanks so much for letting me know. smilegrin

DigitalMums1 Wed 08-Feb-17 16:11:44

Hi everyone!

A heartfelt HUGE thank you to all of you for your fantastic and really thought out entries to our #WorkThatWorks competition. We massively appreciate you taking the time to share your stories with us.

It really was an incredibly hard decision to pick our two winners, but we are SO pleased to announce that the lovely ladies joining our army of Digital Mums are @Kapoww and @AhCheeses. We can't wait to have you join us!

We were so blown away by the fantastic entries to our competition and the number of you who really want the gift of #WorkThatWorks though, that we wanted every entry to win!

Our BIG vision at Digital Mums is to support every mum to achieve their perfect work-life balance. So we're giving everyone who entered our competition £100 off our Social Media Management Course fees to help more of you find #WorkThatWorks in 2017.

To get your discount, simply send a copy of your competition entry to me at nina@digitalmums.org with "#WorkThatWorks discount" in the subject line by next Wednesday (15th February) and I'll follow up with next steps.

MrsKwazii Wed 08-Feb-17 23:30:31

Congrats to the winners - hope the course goes brilliantly for you 👍

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