Is 28 too young to have children

How much money a person earns in the course of his life and how far he rises in company hierarchies is largely decided at the beginning of his career. "From 40 it becomes more difficult to get a raise," says career advisor Regina Lindner. More money can be made out when renegotiating: for example, when changing employers, positions or locations. And these are particularly typical for the first few years of the job, in which the newcomers want to try out, orientate themselves and prove themselves.

However - as a study on equality by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows - men use this option more often than women. The study certifies women have "more stable careers" when they are young. The positive appearances are deceptive: security and loyalty are good, but not a success strategy for young professionals. According to the study, when women change careers in their first few years, they usually step back. You are reducing your working hours or you are temporarily leaving your professional life. Men, on the other hand, climb higher, farther - and sometimes risk grabbing wrong.

The study also provides part of the explanation: women are younger when they enter into a partnership and have their first child. While in Germany almost 30 percent of women between 25 and 29 have already had a child, this only applies to just under 12 percent of men. The proportion of fathers in this age group is only so low in a few other countries. Even if couples share the family work, women have far less time beforehand in which they can concentrate exclusively on their careers and increase their salaries.

It is possible that many women no longer focus on professional success well before their first pregnancy. Because a change of job also means a new probationary period, possibly a fixed-term contractual relationship, but in any case the uncertainty about what the new environment will feel like and how working with colleagues will work out; A period of self-employment, project work or participation in a start-up also entails financial risks. On the other hand, a permanent position with comprehensive maternity leave - albeit poorly paid - definitely has its advantages.

The lower job mobility solely due to female risk minimization and the frequently reported reluctance to apply for higher positions would also be unjust. The fact that women are allowed to lie when asked about family planning in job interviews does not create trust on the part of employers. Hiring a childless woman around 30 is a game of chance from her point of view - but one that she has to get involved in more and more often, says job expert Regina Lindner: "Due to demographic change, companies can no longer do without women. They should use."

As a coach for the women's career advice service Hunting / Her, Lindner has specialized in the topics of baby break and re-entry. Of course, she also knows that pregnancy cannot be planned like a gap year and that sometimes everything turns out differently.