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How This Senior Product Manager Navigated Learning She Was Pregnant on Her First Day at Addepar

To learn more about Addepar and their open roles, visit them here.

"I found out I was pregnant on my first day at Addepar," Shonan Vora recently explained to us from her office in sunny Mountain View, CA, while taking a break as the lead product manager on Addepar's recently announced Schwab integration.

"I was in a confused state of mind. I had just started a brand new job. Before Addepar, I had spent my career in the financial services industry, where things are very different. I was very embarrassed, initially. What are they going to think of me? I had a meeting with my manager once I was past my first trimester. I said, 'I'm sorry, I know you just hired me, but I'm pregnant and I'm going to have to go on leave soon.' He was like, 'What do you mean, you're sorry? You have to go on with your life. You can't stop your life just because you got a new job.' I was always grateful for that, but not just for him. Everybody in the company completely supported me through it."

While other companies may have balked at receiving news like the update Shonan delivered within 90 days of starting her new role, Addepar, a financial platform bringing common sense to investing, proved to stay true to their pragmatic principles throughout Shonan's pregnancy and beyond. They know what all mother's know: just because a woman has children, it doesn't make her less competent or capable to do her job, and do it well.

"Whether it was my pregnancy, my maternity leave or something else, they didn't give me less responsibility. I was in the middle of some very big projects when I went on maternity leave. They didn't take anything away from me, which was my worst fear. I have had an excellent experience with the company starting from the first day."

Addepar even provided her with access to LUCY, a parental personal care service offering in-home or virtual sessions including lactation, sleep consulting, immediate post-birth support and back-to-work coaching. This incredible, 8-session benefit has allowed Shonan to continue to be successful at Addepar while maintaining work/life balance.

Shonan's daughter is now 15 months old, and she feels the need to negate any misconceptions about what it's like to be a working mom and the lead product manager responsible for data management at Addepar. "A lot of people ask me, 'How do you manage a one year old and working at a fast paced company?' Everyone at Addepar has been very supportive. I take advantage of Addepar's flexible policy by coming in at 7 AM. I get the bulk of my work done before everyone comes in so that I can leave at 4:30 PM. I'm able to spend a few hours with my daughter before she goes to bed. People understand that. I'm able to keep my own hours and the company is behind me 100%. I value this flexibility and it drives me to ensure that my projects are always completed on time."

Is your company behind you 100%, throughout your life's journey? Check out a company that stands behind their staff from day one. Click here to learn more about Addepar and all of their open roles.

PwC

What makes us, us

Life at PwC

This video illustrates how the people of PwC engage the more than 220,000 people across 157 countries in the PwC network on delivering our shared purpose (to build trust in society and solve important problems). It's why they do what they do. And how they do it is by living the same core values (they act with integrity, make a difference, care, work together and reimagine the possible) - they make us #teampwc.

Click here to see all available opportunities at PwC, and don't forget to press follow!

Remote Hiring

Everything You Need to Know About How to Get a Remote Job

Partner Content

A version of this article previously appeared on Skillcrush, an online education program for creatives, thinkers, and makers that gives total tech newbies the tools to make major career changes.

Cameron Chapman, Skillcrush

A decade ago, I had a traditional office job working for a magazine publisher. It was a great job, no doubt. But it also came with a long—and in the winter sometimes treacherous—commute every day. My 8+ hour workday quickly turned to 10+ hours when you tacked on the hour drive on either end.

Let's just say that when the opportunity came along to cut the commute (and work in my pajamas when I felt like it), I jumped at it.

But I was lucky. I sort of fell into remote working, through freelancing as a copy editor, blogger, and designer, before coming on board here at Skillcrush as a more "typical" remote worker.

Not everyone gets to have the same kind of natural transition into remote working, though. If you're reading this, you're probably wondering how you can purposely start working remotely.

Everything you need to know about how to get started working remotely is included in the completely updated Ultimate Guide to Getting a Remote Job You Love.

If you're not sure if working remotely is right for you, check out these amazing reasons:

Work From Anywhere

Home office, front porch, kitchen table, coffee shop, coworking space, RV traveling across America, an exotic beach somewhere, camping in the woods (thank you, 4G hotspot!), or pretty much anywhere else you can connect to the Internet.

Set Your Own Schedule

Not every remote job allows for this, but a lot of them offer at least some flexibility around when you work. That means if you find you're most productive from 5am to 9am (or midnight to 4am, or in the middle of the afternoon), you can roll with it. It also means you can live in another timezone without working in the middle of the night! Unless you want to of course.

Save Money

You won't need an entire work wardrobe if you're working from home every day (at most you might need a few nice shirts for video meetings). And you'll save a lot by not commuting every day (plus that's good for the environment). You can also avoid the costs of the big city and choose to settle where the cost of living is lower, and your paycheck goes further.

Make More Money

If you live somewhere with a low cost of living and median income, but work for a company based in an area with high wages, you may get paid based on where the company is, not where you are. That means you can live in the middle of nowhere but make the kind of salary you'd make in NYC. (Some companies scale salary based on where you live, so keep that in mind!)

Psst! Want to know all the ways you can make more money with tech skills? Check out the free Ultimate Guide to Making More Money in Tech for details.

Be More Efficient

This one might come as a surprise, but meetings done via Google Hangouts or Skype always seem to stay on task and operate more efficiently than those that happen in person. Plus—here's a dirty little remote work secret—you can multitask during a lot of meetings (especially if you're only needed for one small part).

Earning more, spending less, flexibility…That all sounds pretty awesome, right?

Spoiler alert: The #1 best way to get the freedom that comes along with working remotely is to learn tech skills.

The best paying remote jobs are almost all at least somewhat related to tech, whether it's content marketing (design and basic HTML & CSS skills come in super handy there) or web development (which requires, you know, coding skills), tech knowledge makes you way more hireable as a remote worker.

Get the free guide now to find out all the other things you need to know to land that amazing remote job.

Slack

Why taking time out for team offsites is worth it

Slack teams share their most memorable, momentum-building events

Below is an article originally written by Lima Al-Azzeh of PowerToFly Partner Slack, and published via Medium on August 31, 2017. Go to Slack's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

It's important for a team's happiness and performance to take some focused time to align on goals, check in on morale, and celebrate a job well done. It's also important to have a little fun — whether that means escaping from your usual surroundings or rallying everyone around a creative challenge.

But try not to think of fun as frivolous, advises Dawn Sharifan, who leads People Operations at Slack. The right atmosphere makes important information more memorable, inspires team members to be more intrepid in exploring new ideas and solutions, and helps teams develop a shared vocabulary that heightens their understanding of one another and how each person works best.

From talent shows to volunteer work and more, several Slack teams have gotten creative with their offsites and seen great results. Here are a few ideas for activities (both fun and productive) for your next gathering.

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Audible

Employee Culture at Audible

They want you on their team!

Audible employees love what they do - and more importantly, love where they work. Hear from some of the employees who are changing the way we listen, and why they love working for the Amazon company, Audible.

Do you want to join their team? Click here to follow Audible on PowerToFly, and receive job alerts, exclusive event invites, and more!

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