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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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Decisions Determine Destiny – Thomas S. Monson All individuals have talents, things they have natural aptitude and skill in. However, individuals often times do not utilize their talents. This waste of aptitude is not only a disservice to individuals in question, but it is a disservice to their respective communities. Having talents and either not having an outlet to channel them, or having no desire to channel them, has far reaching consequences that affect more than the potentially talented individual. For example, consider an individual who is exceptionally gifted in science and with proper training could become a doctor that could save many lives. However, she thinks of science as a trivial subject and pursues a career as an acrobat. This individual’s entire life will be spent training for something that is not her natural talent. Of course, with practice this individual could become a very good acrobat, but the time and energy spent to become an acrobat is tenfold that of which she would have used had she trained to become a doctor. This is not to say that becoming a doctor is easy, or that the world does not need acrobats. The point is that if the talent is present do not brush it to the side. Do not simply think, “oh I’m good at it, but it is not for me.” You have the talent for a reason, do not undersell its importance. Often time’s individuals will bounce from […]
Her Second Innings, welcomed and encouraged women professionals & community members to be part of our logo design activity for World of Opportunities for Women Foundation (WoW Foundation). We, extended logo design invitation to Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK) to experiment creativity of our future minds, who will build a better world. It’s our privilege to partner with Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK) to paint the vision of our new enterprise – World of Opportunities for Women Foundation (WoW Foundation). WoW Foundation: World Of Opportunities for Women Foundation, is a section 8, “Not for Profit’ Organisation, 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. Workshop with SSK: Her Second Innings, presented the children of Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK) with a workshop to design logo. The children were briefed about logo requirement for the workshop. By the end of the workshop they came up with amazing creative representation of the logo. Team work at its best! Kudos to the talented children and faculty of Spastics Society of Karnataka for their good work. About SSK: Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK), is a Non-Government Organisation (NGO), dedicated to the welfare of persons with Neuro-Muscular and Developmental Disability. STAY TUNED! We will soon announce final logo of our creative participants.
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