Hi, I’m Marissa Towndrow, mum to 2 sparky little girls and juggling wife to a very supportive hubby. We’re both expats; me a Kiwi, him English, and after many years of travelling, Australia is now our home. We’re both super amazed to have settled in this gorgeous country and be bringing up our own 2 little Aussies.
Tell me a bit about what you were doing before you got in contact with Business Jump?
I’m an award-winning Landscape Architect & Project Manager. Before getting in touch with Nat I had just returned to work from maternity leave, was feeling dissatisfied and isolated in my career. The ground had shifted, from being a valued member of the team I was suddenly marginalised as just a ‘mum’. They knew I could do the role, had done for years, but I was expected to mentally step down as the senior. It was like they believed my brain no longer functioned now I was a mum.
My nature is not such that I can easily sit still and twiddle my thumbs so I started to look for a new challenge, one that fulfilled my desire for growth but also allowed me to balance this with family needs.
I moved to working part-time as a Sales Manager for an environmental company managing government contracts and new tenders. The owner loved having my skills on board and within 6 months I had doubled their projected turnover. This then opened my eyes to the potential what ifs, could I do this for myself?