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Why going part time doesn’t mean giving up on your career


Helen works in Programme Architecture, which is a team committed to delivering solution architecture design and assurance.

I’ve been at Nationwide for over 8 years, working in a variety of roles ranging from Business Analysis to Financial Crime, to Information Management and of course Architecture.

Being able to work in different business areas has enabled me to gain invaluable experience and knowledge across other parts of the organisation, establish relationships across a broad set of stakeholders, as well as develop my skill set and keep my thinking fresh.

I began Nationwide as a full time employee, but changed to part time which made it easier to look after my two sons as a single parent.

Nationwide are fantastic at supporting diverse working patterns - my current pattern is 8:30 – 2, Mon- Fri, and I also work cross site, splitting my time between Nationwide House and Wakefield House, interspersed with some working from home when I need to.

“ Thankfully going part time hasn’t affected my career either – I have had, and continue to have, plenty of interesting work. ”

I’m currently working on our digital portfolio, and I’m assigned to the Next Generation Banking App; a programme of work focused on the continual improvement of Nationwide’s Banking App.

My primary focus is on ensuring we find the right solutions for our customers, as well as understanding the impacts to our internal business areas.

It’s a very exciting, fast paced programme with lots of change, and challenges!

As well as our Banking App, I’ve been working on a new Content Management System for Nationwide, and I’m also just starting a very interesting assignment where we’re conducting an assessment of our organisations architectural maturity. It’s great to work somewhere where there’s so much opportunity to get involved in such a diverse set of projects.

“ The best advice I could give to any working parents or guardians? You’ll need good organisation, communication and a bit of flexibility. ”

Ensuring your diary is always up to date enables others to easily know when you’re available, and a little bit of flexibility when needs must can go a long way.

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