Miho Habel, 57, launched the Geneva branch of Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) in 1997. Since then, she has been leading the development of the airline’s Swiss market. She says that she could not have achieved her career without the support of her family.This content was published on August 9, 2020 - 11:00
- Deutsch "Meine Arbeit hat mein Leben bereichert"
- Español Tras acostar a mi hijo, vuelvo a la oficina
- Português "O trabalho enriqueceu minha vida"
- 中文 把兒子送上床之後，我又回去工作”
- Français «Je retournais au bureau après avoir mis mon fils au lit»
- 日本語 日本人「女性であれば誰もが悩む」
- Italiano "Dopo aver messo a letto mio figlio, tornavo in ufficio"
Based in Geneva but employed by a Japanese corporation, she works in a Japanese office culture. In other words, overtime work is commonplace. After putting her young son to bed at 8pm, she often returned to the office and worked until midnight. She also had many business trips and social events to attend.
Her Swiss husband, an experienced journalist, never complained about her busy work schedule. Her in-laws were happy to take care of her son. "I can’t thank them enough for their support,” Habel says. “However, every woman struggles with the balance between home and work, I think."
ANA’s Geneva branch has increased its sales 16 times since its beginnings. "When you have overcome difficulties, it makes you stronger. My job enriched my life,” concludes Habel.
Although the percentage of women active in the Swiss job market has grown in the past 20 years, Habel sees that many of them greatly value their role in the family and seek ways to balance their responsibilities.
"I think it’s possible that not just part-time work but also the education level affects women’s promotion chances,” says Hable, citing the fact that foreign women on average have achieved higher levels of education than Swiss women.