Challenges after a Career Break and their Solutions

Career break challenges & solutions

  To all the stay-at-home moms, to all the housewives and to those ladies who have taken a career break for reasons of their own: getting your career back on track or returning to a job after years is a tough task and you have a lot to catch up on. All this while you have been engaged in chores of the house and the thought of being financially independent like before seems like a long lost dream. There is no guarantee for success. However, you must pursue your passion and try to win the job you deserve. You will face a lot of challenges on your way to the goal. But don’t worry, you are a woman of grit and can overcome these challenges easily.   Low Confidence: Your confidence would take you to the zenith of your career, but unfortunately, this is the time when your confidence is most probably at its lowest. A good way to avoid this situation is to start early i.e. prepare yourself mentally beforehand. It means utilizing your free time for some classes like public speaking, learning a new language or any other course. The main aim here is to interact with new people while you learn something new which, if possible, should be connected to your field. This won’t take much of your time and will gradually boost your confidence. Start gaining confidence on a small scale and you are good to face the bigger challenges.   Missing out on new skills: […]

Gear Up For A Career Change…

How to identify new career…… Career change or an alternative career can be built based on your talents and interests. But if neither are working out you can build  a career by analysing the market demand with sheer willpower and passion for new learning. Few key points mentioned below for new career choice You should acquaint through knowledge of the new career you are about to choose You should make sure this new career must provide for your financial needs. If not at the beginning but must eventually in the future You should know your competitors of the new business You should know the scope for growth if you choose to work in different industry You should establish a steady clientele, so marketing skills are mandatory You should possess the passion to learn and adapt to your new career My journey…… Couple of years ago, when I was struggling to find my foot back in my previous job industry I got rejected again and again due to my gap in career. I was frustrated and looking for alternative career. My native place is famous for silk sarees. Whenever, I returned after a vacation or holiday from Chennai I used to buy Kancheevaram sarees for my friends. One of my friend Manjali, suggested me to start a home business to sell South Indian sarees.  And so, I started a small home boutique shop, its now 2 years. During these two years I faced innumerable hurdles and breakdowns. The journey was not […]

The P-C-R Approach to Achieve Financial Stability

Financial Stability

In simple terms, Financial Stability is the ability to ensure that you have enough financial reserves for a rainy day. It is a matter of significant importance for both men and women, however, for women this becomes a doubly crucial factor for consideration as the ‘rainy day’ occurs quite frequently and in most cases, in an unplanned manner.   It has happened to me a couple of times and believe me I have not only been severely drenched by the sudden shower but have also caught the chill quite unexpectedly. Experience is the best teacher. Hence, I always adopt the Plan – Change – Re-plan (P-C-R) approach to help me keep myself well- perched on high ground, safe and dry from the deluge.   Plan The first thing I do is to Plan a budget. It took me a good many years to realise the importance of a monthly budget and how it can keep your finances well within check. Once the budget is defined, I chart out a path along which to direct my finances in order to make them stay aligned to my budget. However, we are all mere mortals and can seldom refrain from indulgences. Nevertheless, if such sins do creep in make sure that you do not go overboard. An occasional splurging for an expensive jewellery shopping, Dinner at a fancy restaurant or even a luxury vacation is fine. Ensure that you do not tend to make these a regular item in your budget or else […]

The Tightrope Walk – Combining Career and Family

When I met a friend after a gap of 15 years and exchanged life stories, she spoke about a classmate who decided not to have a family for the sake of Career Advancement. The question that raced through my mind is “Does getting married signify the end of professional life or can we walk the tightrope and make both co-exist’’? Despite all these years of waging war for equality and establishing a stance in the society, I strongly feel that there are fewer men set with the question of Career after marriage. In a Country abundant with Culture and Family values, career tends to take a nosedive after marriage. Luckily in the past two decades, there is significant acceptance by the Extended families that career is important to Women as it is to a Man. Also, the concept of day care at work has made it easier to concentrate professionally without sacrificing our domestic responsibilities. As a person who started to work soon after college, I have never felt my thirst to restart my career take a back seat because of family. It’s certainly not choosing one over the other, but to bring all together in the potpourri of life. Of course, it’s not an easy walk.  There are always sacrifices on sleep or social visits, but these are the mandates for a better standard of living. I have been fascinated by the account of Indra Nooyi.  She goes on to narrate that when she went home with excitement to […]

Adapting to global work culture- locally

Adapting to Global work culture

We live in a global world these days. The growing interdependence of national economies has created a demand for managers and employees sophisticated in international business and skilled in working with people from other cultures. International businesses can be traced back for centuries but today’s escalation in production and distribution has created new demands on the competitive international business environment. Sometimes, it is our resistance to change and adapt which make it a little difficult to work in a setup different from us and our culture. For Example, IKEA has been present in India for 28 years in the form of sourcing products from suppliers and then shipping the products all over the world. In India, IKEA has 48 suppliers and by that extent employ 4,00,000 coworkers. When IKEA India was first being established, as much as 50 Indian workers were being employed and trained to work the “IKEA” way.  These are some of the best practices used by the company to merge Indian sensibilities with European work culture. And well, the practice could work for anybody working for a global brand locally.   Concept of “Being on Time” Indians tend to be late for everything. It may not be an intentional thought or a rude gesture but just something that has seeped into the system. It has almost become customary. The perception of time has been engraved into the Indian culture, where tardiness is accepted. Well, it does slow down productivity and in fact drags the deadlines further. Being […]

3 M’s… Mantra for Morale

Image credit: Pixabay Feeling non productive, tired, jaded, low on morale and confidence? Workplace or home, inside or outside, feeling low just creeps in at the most unwanted time. In such situations, we just wait for a magic to happen that would uplift us. A morale booster is needed. Here are 3 boosters that exist within you and you can access them anytime you want.   Motivation – Defined as a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way. What is the reason that makes you jump up and charge ahead? That reason that moves you is what motivates you. Mundane activities start to demotivate us. Its not very exciting to wake up each morning and feel like the day is running you and not the other way round. Whether it’s for a minute, an hour or a day, that one reason that helps you brighten up and lighten up is your boost. Coffee, exercise, a call, a note, a picture, a song, a bird, a dress, a scent, a move, a bend…..the list is exhaustive. These appear non existential but are the very source of sparking up your existence. Notice how these small little things contribute to the day in a big way. Motivation is no magic or a miracle, it’s an element inside you that keeps you going. Stay motivated.   Meraki – This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put […]

Women Empowerment Begins At Home

Image credit: Pexels Women have to pay a huge price to get empowered. As a couple, handling 2 P’s (Personal and Professional) will be a cake walk, but practical difficulties pops up when we lead a life in a family. A survey says Women in India more likely to quit their corporate jobs due to “double burden syndrome”. Workplace generally revolves around short term and long term goals, appraisals, meetings, deadlines. Building up a powerful support system at home energizes us to accomplish our career goals easily. Most of the successful empowered women we come across would have faced numerous hurdles at home. I planned to take up feedback’s from three sections of family members – Women (Wife, Mother, Daughter /Daughter in law), Spouse, Elders (Mother, Mother in Law) to decipher the root cause of all the hurdles at home so that it would help you to tackle it your own style whenever you face it. Women – Balance family and work I got a chance to query few women on how far their family supports their decision of pursuing their career. Only few replies were quite positive rest tend to be little bitter to hear. Most of the women say that their rapport with their spouse gets affected and few feel that spouse fail to recognize the hard work she put in running the family. Elders at home react in a cold way whenever she has to travel to office in case of any emergencies or family get-together. Consolidating […]

No matter what the world says, it is okay to… live your life

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Image Credit: Pexels Even the busiest of the people will gladly find time out of their lives to criticize you- behind your back or right on your face. While you struggle to live up to everyone’s expectations, the murmur among the people never seems to die. Each human being possesses thoughts and perspectives of their own leading to the situation that no one will ever manage to please everyone around them. And that sort of thing isn’t even necessary. Really. So, no matter what the world says, it is quite alright to-   Be a homemaker OR a working woman: Depending on the thoughts the people around you hold, they will either encourage you to work, or nag you to leave your job; which is absolutely none of their business. You are an adult possessing complete sanity to think about what works best for you. Your choice is your own. Your child, your home, your job, your life.   Make mistakes: Unless you are literally or figuratively stabbing someone in the heart, mistakes are alright. If you have hurt someone, apologize and move on. Took a bad decision that ruined your life? Forgive yourself and be cautious next time. You are human. You are bound to make some serious errors in life, but you are intelligent enough to learn from them, right?   Be selfish: Being a good human being is like wearing beautiful but heavy earrings. People love them, but you have to bear its weight. It is a […]

Be Your Own Boss! Be An Entrepreneur

Be your own boss, become an entrepreneur - Image of white table with a phone some potted plants, book and pen

Image credit: Pexels ‘’I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul’- Invictus’ by William Ernest Henley. Gone are days when the tradition of preparing for bank or other competitive exams was inculcated in our minds as a teenager. Breaking barriers, Women have been a powerful force in all facets of work including start-ups. The conventional role of choosing safe jobs is no more a compulsion and the world has given a plethora of opportunities to be your own boss, to be an entrepreneur! There is no need to fit into a mould when you can stand out and create your own identity. With the advancement of technology, it’s possible to start a business and promote the same without much hassle. A few points to be considered before commencing your business: Understand your strengths and interests. It’s easy to succeed in an industry where your passion lies. Be cognizant of your finances. Start small, eventually with the expansion, investors would follow. Capitalise on Social networking sites and utilise it most to promote the brand. Nothing substitutes hard work, especially in the initial stages when business is at infancy. Try to have a network of likeminded people who will guide you during testing times. As an entrepreneur, you’ll have the privilege of working at your own hours; implement your ideas that were hitherto not heeded. It’s not necessary to start on giant scale, a simple business from home, working flexi hours and making money is a […]

Decoding Stress

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Image Credit: Pexels Stress is defined as the gap between expectation and reality. Lesser the gap. Lesser the stress. Can this gap completely disappear? Yes if we consciously want it to disappear. So, what is the root cause of stress? Psychologists say that stress is an internal alarm that goes off when a human senses pressure. Now, what is pressure? It is hyped version of a situation which is thrown at us to make us feel “stressed” So, ideally it’s not the external situation that stresses us, it’s our perception of the situation that makes us feel stressed. Our expectation versus the reality is what causes the disappointment in the first place. When we have to match both, stress occurs. Can we really be stress free? Yes we can be if we choose to be.  Some tips to have blinders or rather avoid stress than manage stress. The law of attraction states that the universe responds to whatever we think. It cannot distinguish between positive and negative. So, when we don’t want stress, one way to synchronize it with the universe is to not think of stress as a negative feeling that we have to bear the burden of, but to positively look at decoding it and simplifying it. Most mental and emotional stress manifests themselves as physical ailments. It’s totally not worth having it. Here is a minuscule attempt at decoding stress….positively. S-————-See Seeing is not just capturing what is in front of the eyes but also what doesn’t. […]