Mother’s Day is approaching, and all the moms out there deserve to be celebrated for all the work they do. While motherhood is arguably a full-time job, increasingly, women are as devoted to their families as they are to their careers. This is something beIN SPORTS en Español soccer analyst, Ana Cobos, can relate to. Not only is she balancing work and motherhood, she is doing so in sports broadcasting, a male-dominated arena. This begs the question: can women in a primarily male industry really have it all?
Below Ana Cobos offers 10 tips and tricks for balancing motherhood and a career in sports broadcasting.
1) Be Authentic
Authenticity goes a long way at work. By being completely transparent about who you are, what your goals are and what you want, your superiors and coworkers will naturally trust your intuition and perspective more, allowing you to excel in your field.
2) Speak Out
Sometimes in a male-dominated industry, women are not expected to have as big of a voice as their male counterparts. Speak your mind on new projects and company objectives. Going the extra mile to voice your perspective and your opinions will show your colleagues you are an asset.
3) Practice Time Management
Being a mom is a LOT of work. On any given day, you probably won’t get all the things on your to-do list done. That’s why it’s important to prioritize each day’s most important goals. Separate your to-dos into a “First Priority” list and an “Second Priority” list so you don’t drive yourself crazy by putting way too much on your plate.
4) Find a Mentor in Your Industry
In every industry, there will be a woman who paved the way before you. Find that woman and ask her for advice on how you can stand out and manage the balancing act. Chances are she’ll be flattered and more than willing to offer you some guidance!
5) Know When to Say you Need Some Personal Time
While working hard and being present at work is essential to succeed in a male-dominated workplace, sometimes, the smartest way to perform to your best ability is to take a day to focus on your responsibilities as a mom. Spending time with your kids will relieve stress and help you feel more centered at work the following day.
6) Know Your Value and Flaunt it
Sure, there are usually more male sports broadcasters than female, but being a minority can sometimes work to your advantage. By being one of the only women in a male-dominated workplace, you will be able to offer a unique perspective, allowing for more diverse and creative approaches to getting things accomplished.
7) Support and Share with Other Mothers
Find a good group of professional women, inside or outside of your industry, to share ideas and experiences with outside of work. Because you are all facing similar challenges, you may just become each other’s biggest supporters and sources of advice.
8) Learn to Be Assertive, Not Aggressive
While you want to show your superiors that you know your worth and everything you bring to the table, it is important to do so gracefully. Representing yourself with class an respect will go a long way in any workplace.
9) Don’t Let Stereotypes Get to You
While there may be many nonbelievers and doubters in your path to success, don’t let negativity or stereotypes get in the way of your career. At the end of the day, you are your biggest supporter, and it’s important to stay steadfast in the face of adversity.
10) Remember Why you Started in The Industry
It’s easy to lose sight of why you started in your industry when balancing all the responsibilities of motherhood. Taking some time to remember your love for the industry and why you first entered in the first place will help you stay grounded and focused on your long-term goals.