Passion with a Purpose

passion with a purpose

This particular article is a leaf out of my own life. Had I personally not taken this journey, I would not have been able to endorse the concept of ‘Passion with a Purpose’. In my case after marriage I had to go to USA with my husband. I did not have a work permit and so could not do any kind of job that I would be paid for. Since I could not work in my chosen field I did not have many options. But burning desire to do something was always there. We were soon blessed with a baby girl and when my daughter was 3 years old, was when I felt that I had to do something to keep myself creatively busy… and alive. Besides, my BE and MBA degree I am a trained dancer in the Indian classical dance forms Bharatnatyam and Odissi.. So, when I came upon a flyer of an academy “SUR Academy” that was looking for dance teachers, I immediately volunteered to teach. I always loved dancing and performing but never wanted to take it up as a profession. Through teaching the art forms to kids and adults, I discovered a whole new dimension to the art. I personally evolved as a dancer and a teacher but the more I taught the more I learnt. Through the years, with a valid work permit I was also able to earn through teaching. I also got opportunities to showcase my creativity by choreographing for various events […]

Make a Difference – Become a Mentor

Become a Mentor

Her Second Innings Invites IT Mentors Successful people from Bill Gates, Sunder Pitchai, Sheryl Sandberg,  Warren Buffet and Indra Nooyi to Satya Nadella and more all credited a big part of their success to their respective mentors. We need trendsetters, empathetic strong leaders who care about grooming Information Technology Women Community to reach their full potential in terms of technology and leadership. Her Second Innings (HSI)  is inviting senior leaders to create global impact through women empowerment under the aegis of World of Opportunities for Women (WoW) Foundation. HSI was selected for Fortune 500 global mentorship program through US State Department. This opportunity has paved the way for HSI, to create global foot prints and impact the society through technical and non-technical skill development programs. We are building future talent pool with cutting edge technologies that enables us to assist corporates to deploy our professionals using innovative models. Based on industry survey, we are building trending future competencies to enable more women in IT sectors to take Lead in Tech Roles. Full Stack Development Data Science Automation Cloud Security Mobile Computing We would like to invite technical experts who can join the Advisory Council of World of Women Opportunities Foundation. This council will consist of thought leaders and technical experts in their respective fields, to help us with the following : Frame the curriculum Identify pilot projects with real time application Training Assessment, Implementation and Evaluation Process Guide Associates from the Industry who can train and mentor the professionals The […]

Knowing Yourself Will Lead To True Success

Knowing yourself will lead to true success in life

“Never limit yourself because of others limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” – Mae Jemison Isn’t it a very strange question to ask whether he or she knows about themselves? C’mon! who else would know about us other than ourselves? But as like everything else in this world, knowing oneself is also an art that has to be learned to be a success in life. Knowing oneself is not knowing about your favourite food or colour but to move a bit deeper from the surface. It is about your insecurities and your idiosyncrasies, your priorities, your beliefs, your values in life and your passions. The first thing that I have always been told and have read in innumerable books and articles on self-motivation is, to know my strengths and weakness. How many of us really know our strengths? If you know your strengths and weakness really well, I am sure you would have found a way to make your life more satisfactory. But we usually fail to recognize them due to various factors. Ask yourself the following questions and see if you really know yourself: 1. What are your core values? These are values on which you would never compromise irrespective of the surroundings in which you are in. Make a list of top 10 adjectives of the characteristic traits that describe you. 2. What is missing from your life right now? Too many disappointments could have left you in a state of  numbness and […]

5 Reasons Why Working Moms Are Highly Productive

working moms

I have been hiring for the last 7 years and hence I speak out of  experience when I say that mothers make highly productive employees. I have seen my mother working all through my childhood and teen years, and I can tell you that it was no easy task. I am not a mom myself, but I spoke to many working mothers to conclude that the number one reason for the correlation between a mother and her productivity at work is that it’s a choice she makes. Each day they choose to leave their children at home, to work for your organization. It’s a sacrifice with high stakes and hence should be one that is worth a lot. So let’s dwell a little on the reasons why Working Moms are highly productive, making them a good hire for your company. Five Reasons Working Moms Are Highly Productive: They are highly focused at work Mothers know the value of time spent away from their children and home. Hence, they make every hour away count. They are well organized, plan their day to ensure the allocated work is completed within working hours and to take no work back home. They are more committed to their jobs. They take lesser breaks and find ways to accomplish the task assigned in the most efficient and time effective manner.   2. They know the importance of building relationships Working mothers understand the importance of nurturing relationships at work. They have higher emotional quotient and are more […]

Money Matters for Women’s Financial Independence

Money matters

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me” – Ayn Rand. When I drew my first salary , a mere amount of Rs.3000 more than a decade and half ago, my heart was pounding  with a potpourri of emotions – excitement, satisfaction, sense of achievement, but the one I vividly remember is the exhilarating thought of Independence. Years on and I reckon it’s one of the best moments in life – ability to take control and move ahead. After all, money matters significantly in our lives. Gone are the days when women were financially dependent on someone for their survival – Father, Husband, Children and so on. Today, with the number of working women rising in rapid numbers, the concept of financial independence is much relevant than ever. Women are excellent managers of wealth creation as well as retention. The orthodox of limiting them from handling financial matters at young age deprives them of their decision making capabilities. In my opinion, the main reasons for women to have financial independence are encapsulated below: 1. Empowerment : Women by nature possess strong qualities of decision making. A well balanced financial portfolio will give an edge to act independently and make better choices in all walks of life. 2. Rainy days : At times of unforeseen contingencies, it’s a blessing to have some money saved up so that the need to bank on someone is minimised. Apart from eventualities, it’s wise to have a Nest […]

Back from the Break – 3 Tips to Make you Rock it!

back from the break

It’s over! The months of wondering where your life has been going, has finally come to an end. It was definitely fun doing your own thing, spending time with that little bundle of joy in your life and see them grow up, and not having to bother about those late night calls and early morning drive to work. No matter what you did, it was definitely worth it! You know why? Because you gave your hard-earned time to the most important person in your life – You!   Now it is time to brush up your skills, shake out those boots you had hung up in your closet during your break and get going once again! And believe me this time it is going to be a lot better. As this time it is going to be the wiser, older and smarter you who will be calling the shots. As you blow out that last kiss to your beautiful self and slip on those stilettos here are three tips that will help to keep you sailing steadily. Remember while you were busy polishing your oars all these years, a pretty little gale has been making the career scene quite turbulent. So brace yourself well and you are sure to Rock it!   Do Your Homework Today we are riding the digital wave. Happily for some and not so happily for others. New careers have emerged while old ones have evolved (and some have been dissolved). Therefore it is critical that […]

Five Things to Consider Before a Career Break

career break

Career break should not be seen as a stigma but a welcome change in a woman’s life. Most of us know that a career break is inevitable, be it a birth of your child, taking care of ailing parents or simply considering a sabbatical to figure your next move. A career break could be a long one that lasts a couple of years or a short one for only a few months. Either way, we want to get back into the workforce and we should not be oblivious to the fact that it may be hard. I highly recommend you these five things to consider before a career break, to ensure you have an easy entry back in. Five things to do before taking a career break: 1. Don’t leave before you are actually ready: Sheryl Sandberg in her TED Talk mentioned: “Don’t leave before you leave”. This means that you must take into consideration all the factors before going on a sabbatical. The one thing you owe to your professional life before a break, is to advance as much as possible to the top of your career graph. When you leave at a higher position, it is that much easier to get back into the workforce. Your last experience, position, and salary will be your weapon of negotiation when you’re looking for a new job after your break.   2. Have a strong professional network: Today the professional networking platform like LinkedIn, conferences, seminars, meet-ups, have brought the world […]

10 Easy Tips to Staying Motivated

10 tips to staying motivated

What is the need for motivation? Why do we need to look for motivating ourselves as well as others? Shouldn’t everyone understand that sometimes activities that we do, may not get the result that we expect of. Why is it that some people are more practical and seem to accept failures as part of life, whereas some others cannot even accept a NO from someone? The circumstances, the upbringing, the culture, the society and even the genetic makeup influences how the person would react to a situation. But at the end of the day, we as humans, being the most intelligent species on this world, can practise anything due to continuous learning. The process of being motivated is also a learning process. Humans are social beings by nature. Though privacy is considered the in-thing and most basic requirement of our modern lives, we do need company. Loneliness most often leads to depressions.   Here are a few tips that will help everyone to stay motivated and happy. Stay fit. We cannot achieve anything if our bodies are not capable of supporting our interests. So, eat healthy, sleep well, practise meditation or yoga or go for running, swimming etc. Follow a routine that suits your style.   Throw away toxic people. The earth is the home for all types of species and it is not essential for every species to get along nicely with the other! We are here to live our life and not to please or to be compared […]

Marriage and Finance

marriage and finance

“Marriages are made in heaven” and by the time couples settle down to live the marriage, it comes down to earth.  Well, this is a humorous take on marriage and finance.  Though marriage is the oldest social institution and provides a foundation, it also has political and economic factors too. In the 21st century however couples are confused on how to navigate financially through the marriage. Because the concept of “Finance” and “Money” too has evolved over the years. Couples often have mismatched money styles–one is a spender while the other is a saver. Though this is the best combination and if both the energies can be balanced then finance is not a heartbreaking matter to deal with at home. But to meet at that common point is the real test. If left unchecked, couples end up working against each other, causing fights and tensions. Theoretically, successful couples don’t try to change each other. They adapt their money styles to work for both of them. Here are some simple strategies to combat marital finance. Materialism VS Relationship: When couples come together, they have to understand each other’s belief about money.  Many couples put materialistic pleasures ahead of the relationship. Again, it’s not the lack of money, but the use of money that matters. Some examples are, unbalanced lifestyles, feelings of guilt over spending, unrealistic financial expectations (in spending, saving, or investing).  Acknowledging that this is a gap is the first step towards building a bridge. Being open-minded, non-judgemental and empathetic […]

Tips to Improve Your Resume Writing

resume writing tips

Resume Writing has been your primary focus ever since you have started looking for a job. Probably even before that. As you were busy wrapping up the last semester in college by day, you were probably putting together your resume by night. Presenting your accomplishments and accolades in a smart professional manner to attract the attentions of the desired employer is an important start to your career.   However, like everything else your resume too needs an upgrade at a regular frequency. After all your career has indeed come a long way from your first summer job and you too have evolved in the process. Given below are a few tips that may help you brush up your resume writing style so that you have a spanking new resume ready for your next career move.   Rephrase your Summary: The first thing that one comes across in a resume, after the name and personal details, is the summary or objective section. I remember my first resume had an elaborate section on my objectives. However, in the current scenario, very few employers would be interested in knowing about your objectives. Rather they would prefer to know how you can help them achieve their objectives. Therefore, it is best to dump the objectives part and rephrase it as your professional summary. Make it short, crisp and a smart gist of all that you bring to the table. Ideally a summary is a quick glance at your capabilities that will hook the prospective […]