All Things IC is back. I’m heading towards the end of my first working week post-maternity leave and would like to thank my existing and freshly signed clients, and blog readers for their warm welcome.
My twin sons are now eight-months-old. This only leaves four months to figure out how to mark their first birthday on Christmas Day, and whether to choose an alternative ‘unbirthday’ date later in the year – ideas welcome!
I had to stop work earlier than planned in 2014 due to pregnancy complications. I’m forever grateful to the amazing NHS, and the wonderful employees at Ealing Hospital in West London.
Their care, compassion and support transitioned us through an incredibly difficult and worrying few months before, during and after the boys were born, and helped us all be here today. Thank you.
My family of five is pictured in a hammock in the south of France last week. (Well, our legs are…). It was great to introduce my sons to one of my favourite places in the world.
As I did with my daughter’s maternity leave in 2012, I used the time to enjoy being with my babies and delight in their daily development, but also develop myself.
Maternity leave has enabled me to explore ideas and possibilities for All Things IC. I have reinforced my vision of where the consultancy is heading, and am excited to continue sharing that journey with you via my blog.
Expect to see new offerings and ideas over the next few months.
Thank you to the team at Sequel Group, who have been trusted advisers for people who got in touch with All Things IC during that time.
Thank you for your loyalty. It’s been interesting to note despite not writing as often, the All Things IC blog stats show professional communicators are continuing to search the site to help them do their jobs.
Here are some of the new resources I’ve introduced since being on leave:
- The free All Things IC app – download it today to access this site on the move
- Jobs – from internships to Global Comms Directors
- What’s on this week – my Sunday overviews of what’s on to help you plan your time
- Free stuff – a collation of some of the most popular articles to help you do your job.
Place your job advert
The jobs page is accessed constantly by comms pros who are looking to see what the comms jobs market is currently like. I’m contacted regularly by professional communicators who have secured a new role they first found via my site.
Thank you to the companies who have chosen to advertise their roles via All Things IC, including BT, O2, Specsavers, ITV, RNLI, Oxford Policy Management and many more.
If you’re interested in placing your advert,(£50 +VAT per vacancy per week, or £30 +VAT for non-profits), please see the how to place your job advert page.
My speaking calendar is filling up fast, I will be talking at a number of conferences, via webinars and training courses over the next few months. Keep an eye on my speaking schedule for more info as it will be updated when I can share more info.
Don’t forget if you’re planning to come to the CIPR Inside annual internal communications conference, which I’m speaking at, use my discount code to save 20% off the ticket price.
Thank you as ever for stopping by, it’s good to be back.
Post author: Rachel Miller
First published on the All Things IC blog 3 September 2015.