The Joy Of New Beginnings With A Right Job

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Image Courtesy: Pixabay   “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.”– Lewis Carroll   More often than not, many of us are set with the question “Am I doing the right Job“? “Am I fit for this role“?  “Should I pursue my hobby as a profession in parallel with my work”? After spending a number of years in the same field, it’s common for monotony to set in.  In the starting phase of career, some do compromise their ambition for a higher paying job that’s outside their interests. Owing to factors like personal constraints, work-life balance or monetary benefits, some might look to work for flexible working hours or projects with different challenges. Thankfully, in this day of rapid advancement in technology, the world has open doors for opportunities that were hitherto only dreams. Alternate career can rejuvenate us from the boredom of routine, whether pursued mainstream or in parallel with existing work. It certainly takes courage to change the course and venture into the unknown after spending years in our comfort zone. While it’s always an option to reskill with new talents and embark on a journey in a different field, I believe that pursuing a career in one’s own areas of interest yields better results. If given a second chance in career, it’s fun to do something that sparks your curiosity. Choosing an alternate career, despite its hitches, […]

Work Like A Woman

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Image Courtesy: freewallpapers.com How often is a woman irrespective of her age, caste or creed asked ” But you are a woman. How can you do this? Or “ Are you sure you can do this”?  Well, The answer to that question is “ Yes I am a woman, and that’s why I choose to do this”. It’s been far too long that women are still trying to break glass ceilings and are constantly answerable to the society at large. This question has not escaped the rich, famous, influential women too. Leave alone the underprivileged strata.   There are many roles that a woman essays as, a daughter, sister, wife, mother and she does so with much grace and élan. In fact, A woman is gifted with the art of multitasking and does a great job of balancing every aspect of her life. A day to day life demands physical, mental, and emotional strength to get through.  Yet, she often is made to crumble under the pressure of societal diktats. Unwritten rules that have no base or structure. It’s time to break the stereotypes of what career a woman should choose and what not. This seems to be the right time. A time to ignore and move away from anything and anyone that does not serve a higher purpose. And work towards realizing one’s own goals and dreams.   Women have shown their worth in what was thought to be  unconventional career choices. Be it cricket, Boxing or defending our […]

8 Guru Mantras For The New Age Woman

Image Courtesy: Freepik.com It’s been years since you left your job. Your kids are now in school and don’t need your constant time and attention. Your husband is settled in his job and progressing in his career. Where does that leave you?  In a state of transition of identity and self-confidence that affects a majority of women in late 20s, 30s and even 40s. It is a story of a lot of women as we settle down in our lives confining ourselves in bubbles of comfort not realizing this complacency will come back to bite us later in our lives. Read on to know how to break this bubble –   Take care of your health. While taking care of the entire family, husband and kids don’t ignore your own self. Only a fit person is able to live life to its fullest extent and being healthy leads to both physical and mental well-being. As women we are more prone to developing Diabetes, Cardio-vascular diseases as well as bone problems such as arthritis etc so keeping fit should not be a choice but a necessity. Go for a walk, exercise, do yoga or dance, do whatever you like but make it something which can’t be compromised. Healthy body leads to healthy mind and happy life.   Eat healthy. Make sure what goes inside the tummy is healthy. Be mindful of what you eat by making diet richer in calcium and proteins. Being a woman you need it more once you […]

Are You a Financially Independent and Empowered Woman?

Image courtesy: Freegreatpicture, Flickr.com You are a financially independent woman, but are you empowered to take money decisions at home? Sheena is a marketing head at an MNC in Gurgaon. Her take-home salary is around Rs 1 lakh per month. She is well-settled with her husband and one son. She loves indulging in the latest fashion wear and shoes. On the 3rd of every month when her salary gets credited, she goes on a shopping spree. She is also responsible for day-to-day budget management of her home – how much to pay to the maids, milkman, and so forth. However, if you ask how much she saves or invests, she has no clue. Her answer is, “Oh, my husband takes care of this stuff.” Is she financially independent in the real sense? No, she isn’t. In most families, it is the man of the house who is entrusted with the responsibility of key money matters. There is no issue with the husband, father, son or brother taking charge of financial decisions. It is not about not trusting the man of the house. It is not about feminism either. The question is why women don’t take the financial matters into their hands? There could be plenty of reasons: It is deep-rooted in our minds that men should do all money management in the house. Women don’t have the confidence to take independent financial decisions. Women lack awareness about how savings and investments work. Women don’t want to bear the additional burden […]

Sabbatical – A Pause & Resume Mode of Career

If you get tired learn to rest, not to quit. Sabbatical is quite an alarming term in every women’s career. Women often opt for it to make their personal transition smoother. I have a decent number of friends in my circle who neither want to give up their career at any cost nor willing to take any break and to my surprise their opinion about sabbatical is more or less similar “I will be outdated and I wouldn’t get any opportunities after this”. Their outlook towards sabbatical is a mirage that has been created over years. While drafting this post I was collecting stories of non-Celebrity woman with successful comeback post hiatus who can inspire you and keep your spirits alive. But I couldn’t prevent myself telling you about Sudha Murthy & Mary Kom. I know you all might have read about them. If you see them through my eyes then you would really find them distinct from other high profile woman.                                                                           Sudha Murthy  First Female Engineer at TELCO, Computer Scientist and Coder during initial days of Infosys. I read it somewhere that at a point Narayana Murthy told her that either of the two should take care of their start up and other should maintain their family. With a heavy heart she stepped […]

Believe in Yourself – Build Your Self Confidence

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                                                                                             Image Courtesy: Publicdomainpictures ” The best way to gain self confidence is to do, what you are afraid to do”  – Swati Sharma Born to a nuclear family and then married into a joint family 21 years ago, my life has always revolved around my folks. Initially, I was happy being married and the new and exciting life did not give me any opportunity to get bored, the result being that I never felt like taking up a career. After a few years, when I started getting fed up of my daily routine and thought of doing something constructive with my life, one of the things that held me back from pursuing the thought was fear of failure. Basically, I understood that I lacked the self confidence that I needed to overcome that fear.   This is something which I am sure most of us have dealt with at some point in life. The main question is – how to gain that much needed self confidence?   Personally, I have worked on a few ways to beat that fear and that in turn has helped me to achieve that confidence. Below, I am sharing a few tips which have helped me in pursuing my […]

Her Second Innings – Logo Announcement for WOW Foundation!

  A proud moment for Her Second Innings team and community, as we officially come under the Section 8, Not for Profit enterprise – World of Opportunities for Women Foundation (WOW Foundation). An enterprise created “By Women, For Women” with a vision to empower women from all walks of life, by creating opportunities in career, entrepreneurship and personal growth to take them to the next level.   Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK) Contribution: Her Second Innings, partnered with Spastics Society of Karnataka for a Logo design workshop. An activity for the children of SSK to engage and show their creative talent. With support and guidance from faculty of SSK, children worked in teams to create some of the best designs. Their enthusiasm, creativity and team work is commendable. Thank you SSK, for your valuable contribution.   Logo Design Journey: The final logo for WOW foundation has evolved from creativity of Spastics Society Of Karnataka’s talented children. We retained their original thought and creativity in the final logo design.   Meaning of the Logo:   “She defines her world with purpose and determination to carve out a niche for herself as a bold and independent woman.”   Promise of Her Second Innings: As part of WOW Foundation, Her Second Innings is dedicated to providing women professionals with a platform to fulfil their career aspirations by enhancing their skills with our training and internship programs, networking using our mentor/ mentee program, career advice from our experts,  job assignments and placement assistance. We […]

One Simple Step to Realize Your Potential

Image: www.nlen.org Author: Manjula Dharmalingam, Founder – Her Second Innings, Women Empowerment Evangelist, US State / Fortune 500 Global Mentee. We keep hearing about lay-offs in top corporate in recent times. We are to some extent okay to read about it as news, but if it hits us at an individual level, the immediate response is to find solutions and take quick actions. So how to overcome a situation like that, do you wonder? I would like to share my story it might be helpful.   Although I did not become a victim to recession, I am a victim of myself, ” I cannot enjoy the same job for long years”. (My LinkedIn profile is the proof 🙂 – I call it ‘Frequent self-recession”)   Every time when I reach tipping point of frustration or unhappiness, one simple step has helped me so far which is – Taking a ‘U Turn’ and reflecting on “what did I enjoy and what will make me happy“. This reflection helped me to leave my promotion from IBM and start a fresh page as an entrepreneur just so I can be on my own to explore what I like.   How to decide and navigate the path is the next question..? may be some pointers given here to ponder. I request all of you to share thoughts and action so that we add value to our readers who are currently reading this blog. Simple act of sharing is caring 🙂   Before starting the […]