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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

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

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

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.

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

Thanks so much for letting me know. smilegrin

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 13:32:04

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!!

IWishMyArseWouldBrexit Fri 03-Feb-17 22:53:00

#workthatworks is important to me as I need to be around for my SEN child as childcare for SEN children is so expensive, plus he needs consistency and a parent who knows his routines and triggers. We juggle my dh working full time and me at home doing virtual admin, but also working nights out of the house. We really need me to drop the nights and weekends and I would love training from digitalmums to take my small admin business to the next level.

I believe that people of my age are "digital immigrants" working and competing against the "digital natives" of the younger generation. We need to upskill as much as possible to keep up and keep ahead in a world of ever evolving technology. I need the help of #workthatworks to help me do this by building my business and earn the income that can support the needs of my family.

truetops Fri 03-Feb-17 22:52:43

#Workthatworks

I have been searching for sometime,
For that dream job of mine,
Looking for my one passion to spark a new career,
I am not afraid of working hard,
In fact grafter is what I'm striving for,
And job satisfaction
but not at the sacrifice of family interaction.

Trapped in a dead end role so as not to miss the school run,
Needless to say my Self esteem is at rock bottom.
How did it I get here when I had so much ambition?
Why should i suffer for being a great mother?

But what is this #workthatworks with innovative inspiration?
Providing mums with the training to build their own creation,
Hundreds of happy homes growing out of the social media revolution,
This could be just the answer to my struggling vocation.

Anj123 Fri 03-Feb-17 22:17:20

When my daughter was a baby, both my husband and I started working part-time as we don't have any family nearby to help with childcare. Flexibility with our jobs has been and still is vital. We couldn't manage if our employers weren't so cooperative. #WorkThatWorks is therefore very important to us and social media is a big part of life these days. I love using social media and would love to learn more about it! Thanks for the chance.

EllaBelle20032016 Fri 03-Feb-17 20:34:56

#WorkThatWorks is important to me because I am on the cusp of handing in my notice for my job as a Service Manager as it no longer fits my family commitments, as many women are finding on this thread. Working is part of my identity and I know I am more then just a mum and a wife. It's taken a long road to get to having my second daughter after several miscarriages and I'm loving being a mum again, however, I also want my career to still be a part of my life to create that happy balance between work and home life, which makes finding #WorkThatWorks so important to me.

Your founder states what makes a good social media manager - which is someone who’s level headed, someone who’s a good communicator and someone who’s calm in a crisis. I am all of this but I can also bring a sense of humour, creativeness and versatility.

This post came at the right time for me as I was recently considering this as a career path as I can navigate pretty confidently around various social media accounts, and I have also recently started a blog on interior design on Instagram too called #interiorsmuging. Hopefully this is a sign 🙏🏻 I am really keen to further my knowledge on social media and have heard great things about #digitalmums I am also not afraid of the commitment it brings, when my eldest daughter was 8 and I was a single parent I did my degree in Business Management while working full time and going to lectures in the evening.

Hopefully you've heard enough from me to feel I would be a good choice to represent the #digitalmumsmassive

#fingersandtoescrossed

MissMrsMsXX Fri 03-Feb-17 19:21:22

I'm crossing everything.

MrsAFlorrick Fri 03-Feb-17 18:50:25

#WorkThatWorks
What an amazing program just what I have been searching for. #PickMe

DigitalMums1 Fri 03-Feb-17 17:43:51

Happy Friday everyone! Thanks for all your amazing entries, we're totally blown away by them and we really wish you could all win! Just a few more hours to enter so please comment below to be in with a chance of winning a place on our Social Media Management Course and finding work that really does work around family life! #WorkThatWorks

doublebubble16 Fri 03-Feb-17 17:20:19

#workthatworks is important to me because work that works shouldn't just be for perks!

clickclickclick Fri 03-Feb-17 16:05:58

What a great competition!

I would love to win and I can commit to the hours needed. I've recently just finished a photography course and dh was great at coming home, minding the kids while I ate my dinner quietly so they couldn't tell I was eating in front of a webinar grin

#workthatworks is important to me because I have experienced two sides of #workthatdoesn'twork scale. I've been so overworked and sleep deprived with so much on my plate that I almost cracked up. I still feel guilty for all the time I missed out with my toddler back then. And I've also found myself unexpectedly made redundant and it took a while before I could find another job. I had too much time on my hands and my brain, motivation and "me" felt like it was slowly turning to stone. I truly appreciate what it means to have a good work-life balance and having this is one of my biggest priorities in life.

I have about 4000 twitter followers, quite by accident. I don't run a business from my account or anything. I have also started a fundraising campaign on social media and raised more than £50k and I also organised (with help) a live event with a few household names from my twitter contacts.

My youngest will be going to school fairly soon and I really want to work for myself in a flexible way that means I can enjoy my family, my free time and my work.

Shomama Fri 03-Feb-17 15:05:11

I would love to win this competition. I've looked into Digital mums and think what they are doing is wonderful.

As a media professional with 10 years experience in communications and journalism and currently on a career break, it would be a dream come true. I have 2 small children both with health issues so often I need to go for appointments or care for them from home. So a 9 to 5 job would be almost impossible.

I want to get back to work and this is the perfect first step to relaunch my career. I would like to lead a more balanced life while using my skills and experience. I miss working and collaborating with people to come up with new ideas to solve different challenges that work presents. Getting help and reskilling is a key part of that transition as well as getting coaching and training to make sure my skills meet current market demands. If I am given a place on the programme, I would maximise my potential.

I have solid experience of working in journalism like when I worked at BBC and CNBC. I have many transferable skills which would be applicable to my future work.

I truly believe working from home or from anywhere at anytime would be ideal for me. For me that's #WorkthatWorks. My children need me to be around and I also know I want to work and use my skills. Like many mums who stay at home I need a confidence boost. Fingers crossed.

I'm posting this from the car as my child is sleeping so had to do this really quickly.

clementineclouds Fri 03-Feb-17 15:03:07

#WorkThatWorks will simply allow me to create a life that works for me and works for my family. This will help my physical and mental health as I juggle everything life throws at me and ensure I work smarter.

eeroberts1 Fri 03-Feb-17 13:16:42

I’m really nervous about posting this publicly because I’ve not admitted my challenges to many people blush But I feel inspired by mummy-bloggers on social media to spread the word and demystify mental health challenges after having a baby. So here it goes. Postnatal anxiety (PNA) isn’t as well documented postnatal depression – but I can assure you, it exists! It came as a massive shock to me, after the birth of my second daughter. Returning to work a year later only added fuel to the fire and my PNA spiralled out of control. My workplace thought that letting me work 3 days a week (rather than 5) was “flexible”. However, I was often pressurised into travelling into work on my days “off” (we all know that days out of the office are not “days off” with kids!). I am a brilliant multi-tasker but sadly I am not a superhero and cannot split myself into 2 – I’ve tried and it wasn’t not pretty! This inability to be a superhero meant my anxiety levels were through the roof and I was forced to quit for the sake of my mental health. But guess what, just because I had PNA does not mean I have lost my skills – I am creative, motivated, resourceful and willing to learn. I still want (and need) to contribute financially to our household. I have now dealt (and to some extent, still dealing) with the anxiety and feel more than ready to work. Only this time around, I want some control over what “flexible” looks like. To me, #WorkThatWorks is about working damned hard, but not necessarily the hours of 9am-5pm. Our family have made massive sacrifices since I stopped work and just this week I was with the bank manager discussing overdrafts sad . My family needs #WorkThatWorks – I want to pay for my girls to go football practice and I want to be there to take them football

Also, I LOVE social media and I think I’m pretty good at it – I’ve lots to learn about how to maximise the impact of social media for businesses and this is why the course would be fab. I’ve been looking at doing the Digital Mums course for a while but household finances have made it tricky. I would also love to contribute to peer learning and peer support - this is a real pull for me to join the Digital Mums programmes - #sistahood.

Thank you #DigitalMums for “getting it” and flying the flag for parents who want to work hard to support their wonderful families.

petra81 Thu 02-Feb-17 23:03:22

#WorkThatWorks the best prize ever. I would love to win.

Snowmouse24 Thu 02-Feb-17 22:46:00

My husband works away 6 days at a time and really feels the burden of being the sole earner in our family. I'd love to be able to contribute but since having children, I haven't been able to return to work. Previously I had a senior management job in a large company. I earned a good salary but it still barely covered the cost of commuting and childcare for one child, let alone 2. Returning to working long hours in an inflexible environment just made now sence. I've been a SAHM for over 5 years now. We live in a semi-rural area and job opportunities are limited, particularly when any childcare costs are factored in. I'm also finding that as time goes on, my confidence outside my home is dwindling - that person who chaired meetings in the board room seems to have disappeared. I love being with my children and don't want to miss them growing up but I'd love to find a way back into employment, a way to rebuild that confidence and a way to contribute to our income to make our family more secure and to take pressure off my husband. That's why #WorkThatWorks is important to me and why I'd love to win this course.

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