Image:www.collegecareerlifeplanner.com After years of being a stay-at-home mom you’ve decided to return to work. For a variety of reasons, you may have come to the conclusion that this is the right thing to do. Most likely, the children for whom you decided to stay home are now in school full time, or grown up and no longer in need of a parent at home full-time. Regardless of why you’ve decided it’s time to resume your career, there are several issues with which you will have to deal. The first and the most important thing you will have to do is decide whether to continue in your previous career or change your career. Should You Change Your Career? After spending some time away from your career, you may have decided that a change is in order. Perhaps you don’t feel the career you worked in before is compatible with your new life as a parent. It could be too demanding, requiring you to work long hours or take frequent trips. You may want a career change because you’ve discovered new interests that you would like to develop into a career. Or maybe you never really liked what you were doing before, and now you want […]
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Image: www.glocal.net Successful Corporate Women – What sets them apart? Most successful women have these few traits in common: They do not dwell on their gender – they just get on with it. They leverage their natural “female” instincts – Using their intuition and empathy they are able to quickly assess the environment around them, build relationships with people across levels and they are not afraid to show their sensitive side when required which makes them “human” and likeable. Their natural inclination is to be perfectionists and they can be very tough managers. However, they have learnt to trade their need for perfection and detail for the sake of the bigger picture. They understand that getting a couple of big ticket items mostly right is wiser and more beneficial to the organization and all stakeholders than getting a number of small things exactly right. They work extremely hard and put in long hours but never verbalize how hard they work. They may also work in a non traditional manner outside the 9 am to 6 pm schedule. They may start their day much earlier or log in to their email after their kids have gone to bed. They are committed to their job BUT they do not feel the need to verbalize their commitment. They recognize that others may stay late at work because they start work late, take multiple breaks and waste a lot of time during work but these women have a life […]
Image: www.genicca.com As many see it, a break (over six months) is a blot on an otherwise clean career profile. Worse, it’s permanent. Mainly because résumés with career breaks occupy the bottom of the pile of job requests, and many who manage to get a job, find themselves in a work space that has transformed from what it was when they had left it — be it for marriage, taking care of children and ageing parents or shifting cities with spouses. Despite the necessary qualifications, they feel like misfits, simply because they were absent from the scene for a while. To help this pool of talent — a majority of who are women (48 per cent abort their career midway in India) — get back in the game, organisations such as AVTAR, JobsForHer, HerSecondInnings and Sheroes have mushroomed across the country. At the global level, the movement is in full swing, with companies such as Morgan Stanley initiating 12-week re-entry programmes, and platforms such as iRelaunch (created by Harvard alumni) and Après. Besides providing a network of employers, mentors and counsellors, they also introduce options such as paid internships, and work-from-home and part-time work options that candidates can apply for. “Research shows that at any given point of time, there are 1.8 million ‘second career’ women in India. A chunk of them want to get back to their careers. We would be able to fill up almost 60 per cent of vacant job positions if we […]
Image: switchandshift.com The Confidence Gap By Katty Kay and Claire Shipman Evidence shows that women are less self assured than men – and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here’s Why, and what to do about it. For years, we women have kept our heads down and played by the rules. We’ve been certain that with enough hard work, our natural talents would be recognized and rewarded. We’ve made undeniable progress. Half a dozen global studies, conducted by the likes of Goldman Sachs and Columbia University, have found that companies employing women in large numbers outperform their competitors on every measure of profitability. Our competence has never been more obvious. Those who closely follow society’s shifting values see the world moving in a female direction. And yet, as we’ve worked, ever diligent, the men around us have continued to get promoted faster and be paid more. The statistics are well known: at the top, especially, women are nearly absent, and our numbers are barely increasing. Half a century since women first forced open the boardroom doors, our career trajectories still look very different from men’s. Some observers say children change our priorities, and there is some truth in this claim. Maternal instincts do contribute to a complicated emotional tug between home and work lives, a tug that, at least for now, isn’t as fierce for most men. Other commentators point to cultural and institutional barriers to female success. There’s truth in that, too. But these explanations for a […]
Why Should I invest more on HER formal education? A modern day question As we waited to pick up our kids from the school, some of us mothers got into a conversation. What we did professionally and how little time we had etc. Interestingly very few of us were actually working. The fact that they were qualified professionally didn’t matter any more. The expectations from home were so high and equal to 2 or 3 jobs.