Skillfully balancing both work and mommy life, doting mother JJ-san

1. Can you tell me about your current position?
I work as an assistant for N Company’s Global Data Management and Solution department. We collect, maintain, and manage the data from the company’s asset groups and other peer companies.
2. What do you enjoy most about it?
I actually just returned from a year of maternity leave, so I’m happy that I’m still familiar and comfortable with all the work. That’s probably the most satisfying part for me at the moment. I’ve been working here for about 5 years so far.
3. Why did you decide to join Skillhouse as a working staff?
5 years ago, I was contacted by Skillhouse and they introduced this job (my current position) to me. I studied accounting in university and this position was somewhat related, so I thought, why not give it a try!
4. Did you have any reservations about joining as a temporary staff versus a permanent employee? If so, what are they?
Well to be honest, I was a little nervous in the beginning. Skillhouse was my first job as a temporary staff; before I only used to work permanent roles. Initially, I thought I’d just give it a try and see how it turns out… and now I’ve already been here for 5 years! I’m obviously very happy. I’m satisfied with the relationship and the content of the job, so I’d like to continue working here.
5. Do you think there are benefits of working as a temporary staff versus a permanent employee? If so, what are they?
I think one of the merits of being a temporary staff is that it’s easier to move industries. This is my first time working in the finance industry, which is not an easy industry to enter, so it’s a great opportunity for me to learn. For those thinking of changing fields, temporary work is a great way to at least get your foot in the door and gain experience.
Also, I think people generally want different types of jobs at various points of their life. For me, temporary work is perfect at the moment because I have a new baby to take care of. It’s a good balance right now. Perhaps it may also be a good opportunity for housewives who are considering reentering the workforce as well.
6. How is the working life different? How does the pay compare?
From my experience, the workload was heavier and I had more responsibilities when I was working as a permanent staff, but the pay was higher than my current position. The pay difference now may also be because I’m still relatively new to the industry and my position level is still quite junior. Anyway, although the pay is slightly different, I don’t have much overtime work. I usually finish my job on time and am only responsible for my portion.
7. Are there any downfalls of working as a temporary staff?
At N company, if you are a permanent employee, you do get more paid leave. If you are a mother or father, you also have “Kaigo Leave (Childcare Leave)” if your child gets sick. The salary is also a little higher. There are both good and bad aspects, so it’s important to consider all options when it comes to your career.
8. How are your relationships with the other employees at the company you are placed at?
I’m quite fortunate. Everyone is very nice and welcoming here, so that was a big reason why I wanted to come back and continue working.
9. How has your experience been so far with the Skillhouse personnel team? Do you have any feedback for us?
To be honest, perfect! I always get a quick response to every question I ask, and I’ve had a lot of questions recently since I’ve just become a mom!
As for feedback, I want to get more out of my career, since I’m now responsible for another person. It would be great if there were programs in Skillhouse that would help me to further advance my career and build on my skills.
10. What advice would you give to anyone considering “Haken” work with Skillhouse?
I know some people have hesitations about temporary work in Japan, but if you want to try something new, temporary work can be your gateway or entrance to a new career path. Life is journey, so always be open to trying new things! That’s been my experience so far.

Comment from Personnel

Firstly, we are so happy that you are settling back in after your maternity leave (congratulations, by the way!). Of course, we encourage all staff to pursue career advancement. We can provide financial support for certifications and exams that you may wish to take (Test Payback System) as well as discounted courses through several business schools across Tokyo (Skillhouse University). Of course, we are always on hand to offer tailored career advice as well!