IWD 2022: Women DON’T have to step back at work once they become a mom #BreaktheBias

by | Mar 10, 2022

Pomelo jointly celebrates International Women’s Day 2022 by featuring 4 amazing female Pomelo People who will be sharing their inspiring stories and how they break the bias in their career journey. We want to take part in encouraging and motivating every woman who may be under-recognized, underrepresented, or needs advocates.

To all the women out there – remember that you can achieve anything that you set your mind to. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Together, we can all #BreaktheBias!

Today’s post features Jitsiri (B.B.) Pruttivarasin, our Head of Retail and a mother of little twin boys. Balancing both two roles that she’s proud of, B.B. wants to empower all women that work and motherhood isn’t an either-or. Women are always capable of being successful in both.

Can you tell us what it’s like being a mom?

Amazing! Being a mom is a duty that I’m very proud of myself. Unlike other roles in your life, once you become a mom, you will be a mom forever! There is no turning back.

After the maternity break, why did you decide to come back to work?

When my kids turned two, they started going to the nursery class so I got my free time back. I always love working! I started working as a part-time piano teacher when I was 19. And I have never stopped working since then. Even when I was in B-school, I also sold some random stuff on Amazon. 

However, I took more than a year of career break when my kids turned one year old. During that time, although my life was contented with my cute little twin boys, it wasn’t a hundred percent fulfilled. I always asked myself “How can I create an impact to make this world a better place for my kids’ generation?” That’s why I decided to come back to work. I want to contribute my experience to something I believe in while learning new things, which is something I always love.

What was the biggest challenge in balancing your roles? How did you manage your time?

The biggest challenge is obviously time management. I have the same 24-hours but now I have two kids adding to my life. How would I manage everything within the same amount of time?

Of course, there must be a trade-off. You have to choose between yourself, your family, your work and your social life. As COVID-19 hits, there is not much social life for me anyway. So I trade-off my social life and Netflix time with the kids (which was totally worth it!)

What’s your current career goal?

As I’m currently leading the Retail team at Pomelo, my goal is to do my best to make our Retail team succeed and to groom everyone in the team to be the best version of themselves. 

Why do you believe that woman can be a mom and work at the same time?

Growing up seeing my mom and my grandmother as role models, I have never imagined my life without working. Both of them were successful in their careers as well as in taking care of the family. I wish I could be like them. I believe women have more energy and power than we imagine. If you want to see your kids growing to work on something they care about, you yourself are the best example!

One more interesting thing for me is the fact that when you have kids, especially when you have two kids, you will become more patient. You need to calm down when your kids throw tantrums. I noticed it’s the biggest change after I came back to work – I have become a patient and calm working woman! This version of myself is far different from who I was. So I recommend all working women to leverage this advantage point in their careers. Working makes us see the values of ourselves. Working, plus taking care of kids, makes us even more proud of ourselves!

What would you say to the women or soon-to-be moms who are hesitant about this dynamic of life?

I would say that you shouldn’t be afraid of having kids and working. When the time comes, I believe that everything will be under control. I have never seen anyone fail in raising a kid while working at the same time. I’m sure you can do both. You don’t need to only choose either of them as you might feel regret in the future. You definitely can manage them both. Another thing is that I would recommend having a clear conversation with your partner in terms of roles and responsibilities to make sure it’s manageable for your family.

How does Pomelo support and empower you as a working mom?

It’s not easy to get a career opportunity in leadership roles with two small kids, especially after I took more than a year off. But thanks to Pomelo, they do not have such biases. I feel very comfortable working at Pomelo with my two small kids. I don’t feel that there is any point in my career here that has made me struggle with taking care of my kids. At Pomelo, I get full support from my boss, my colleagues, and my team as a working mom.

Lastly, once we return to the office, I will take both my kids to hang out in the nice kid’s room at our office! You better prepare your earplugs 🙂

 I always asked myself “How can I create an impact to make this world a better place for my kids’ generation?” That’s why I decided to come back to work. I want to contribute my experience to something I believe in.

Jitsiri (B.B.) Pruttivarasin, Head of Retail

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