Get Back On Career Track

                                                                                   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 […]

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 […]

Sitting on Your Talent?

  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, Logo Workshop with Spastics Society of Karnataka

  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.

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 […]

Are You Looking For a Career Booster?

   Image: my2ndheartbeat.com Follow these 5 Simple Attitudes To Get You Ahead In The Workplace. The value of these attitudes is they make you more motivated and hence, give you a career boost. Enthusiastic To be enthusiastic at work is about a mental state. You need to make the decision to be enthusiastic. Start by saying, “I will be an eager participant in this project or task.” Attack your task with energy. Do not drag your feet. The more you tell yourself, “This is so boring,” or whatever the excuse maybe the worse you will feel. Get interested in the work and the energy will come naturally. Then decide to be eagerly involved. Being enthusiastic and energetic are attitudes in the workplace that can get you ahead. You cannot get ahead without energy. Efficient Strive to be the most efficient worker in your team. According to Webster’s Universal College Dictionary, to be efficient means “performing or functioning effectively with the least waste of time and effort.” When you are effective, you are producing the intended result. When you are efficient you do it with the least waste of time and effort. That means you are capable and competent. Excellence Of the five attitudes in the workplace, this one probably calls for you to give yourself some pressure. Strive for excellence in everything you do. Do not be contented with good. Go for great. Exceed expectations by knowing good is sometimes not good enough. Give everything your utmost best. You will […]

POSH – Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Place Act – 10 Things to Know

Image: www.dmtemdebate.com, www.kelphr.com The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 is a legislative act in India that seeks to protect women from sexual harassment at their place of work. The Act came into force from 9 December 2013. Any workplace with more than 10 employees need to implement this Act. Here are the 10 key features of the Act: The law applies to women harassed in the workplace including women working as domestic workers, daily wagers, temporary or permanent, full-time or part-time, as well as volunteers. The women may or may not be employed and can be of any age. The law is only applicable to women and women only. Sexual harassment includes any one or more of the following unwelcome acts or behavior: Physical contact or advances A demand or request for sexual favours Making sexually coloured remarks Showing pornography Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature If the following circumstances exist in relation to any behavior, that is, if any act is done under the following circumstances that would also count as sexual harassment: Implied or explicit promise of preferential treatment in employment Implied or explicit threat of detrimental treatment in employment Implied or explicit threat about her present or future employment status Interferes with work or creates an intimidating/hostile/offensive work environment Humiliating treatment likely to affect her health and safety. The act of harassment can occur in the workplace and also if a woman is harassed while […]