The Joy Of New Beginnings With A Right Job

The Joy of new beginnings - Image of a girl in scenic green background looking at a sign board reading - The best time for new beginnings is now

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, […]

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cost nor willing to take any break and to my surprise their opinion about sabbatical is more or less similar “I will be outdated and I wouldn’t get any opportunities after this”.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 […]

10 Top Traits Of Successful Corporate Women

  Image: 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 […]

Did you know? Creating your own Personal Balance, Can actually help your Work-Life Balance!

  Article by James Sudakow – Even if you have mastered the art of balancing the Work/life, there is a third element that often gets neglected: you as an individual. In our quest for work-life balance, we as an individual are forgotten for a while.   It’s easy to forget about yourself with all that work and life entail. The gap in the equation is often our own personal balance and emotional needs. Can adding another thing actually help? If it’s the right thing, it can   So, what do you do? There are only so many hours in the day, and all of those hours are claimed by business, family, and maybe some sleep (for good measure). Could adding one more thing to an already packed daily agenda actually assuage the lack of personal balance? Almost counter-intuitively, it did for me and might for you.   I added piano lessons.   I’m an ex-studio musician, so of course I would choose something musical. What I realized was that in the years since I started the businesses and the family grew, my love for music was still there but was not being acted on. I had concluded that there simply wasn’t enough time.   As I contemplated the idea, I said to myself, “How in the world are you going to fit this in?” Even though it was just 30 minutes a week for a lesson and an hour a day for practice, finding calendar time was much easier said […]

Follow Your Dreams….

Image: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt   Here is a beautiful story by Gary Barnes, Chicken Soup for the soul. Once upon a time, there was a large mountainside, where an eagle’s nest rested. The eagle’s nest contained four large eagle eggs. One day an earthquake rocked the mountain causing one of the eggs to roll down the mountain, to a chicken farm, located in the valley below. The chickens knew that they must protect and care for the eagle’s egg, so an old hen volunteered to nurture and raise the large egg. One day, the egg hatched and a beautiful eagle was born. Sadly, however, the eagle was raised to be a chicken. Soon, the eagle believed he was nothing more than a chicken. The eagle loved his home and family, but his spirit cried out for more. While playing a game on the farm one day, the eagle looked to the skies above and noticed a group of mighty eagles soaring in the skies. “Oh,” the eagle cried, “I wish I could soar like those birds.” The chickens roared with laughter, “You cannot soar with those birds. You are a chicken and chickens do not soar.” The eagle continued staring, at his real family up above, dreaming that he could be with them. Each time the eagle would let his dreams be known, he was told it couldn’t be done. That is what the eagle learned […]

5 Freelance Work To Earn You Extra Income

Image: For those of you who cannot venture out to earn an income due to obligations or restrictions or if you are looking for a secondary source of income to supplement your expenses… here are some suggestions of freelance work to get you started.   Freelance Writing Career Whether you are just beginning or well into your freelance writing career, the quest for more work is always welcome. Here are websites you can use for your freelance writing career online. Craigslist, Freelancer, Contentmart, UPwork, Constant Content, Squidoo, Elance, Hubpages, Odesk. Fiverr. These websites are a mix of marketplaces and websites where you can find people willing to buy your articles. Research and pick the one that suits your writing style. Affiliate Jobs Affiliate program is nothing but a way to promote the products of popular sites like Flipkart, Amazon, SnapDeal, eBay etc. and get paid for your promotion. Online shopping is growing in India. You can sign up for the affiliate programs of these websites and promote their products through your affiliate links and earn a minimum 4% to 10% for each and ever sale generated through your promotion.   Selling Online There are many people like you who are earning good regular income by selling different products on sites like eBay, Amazon, Flipkart and others. You just need to find out a good product, signup on any or all of these sites, list your product with your price and start selling the same. You don’t need to talk to anyone […]

Her Second Innings Is Ready For The Next Stage Of Its Evolution And You Have An Important Role In It!

Image: Dear HSI Community Member,   Hope you have been having a successful year so far!   We believe 2016 will be a milestone year for us as we ramp up to enable you to achieve your aspirations. Her Second Innings is grateful for the incredible opportunity we have had to serve you and our clients in the last year.   We have grown stronger with a database of 2000+ members and we have had the privilege, as a community, to serve reputed clients across various sectors – ranging from IT, Real Estate, Finance to Retail Industry and Healthcare.   The “Her Second Innings” story has garnered significant media attention for the outstanding work that our community has been involved with. We have been featured in YourStory; Kids Stop Press & a huge milestone for us in recognition of our efforts helping women restart their careers.   Watch this space as we reveal the next level of growth planned for our community, where each of you get the opportunity to work with the community, in your areas of strength, to contribute to the realization of your dream.   Exciting times ahead!   Team HSI  

Juggling With Family and Work ?

Image: Taking time to live life will only inspire your work! In today’s world, many women have job commitments in addition to family responsibilities. If you’re one of them, you know how stressful it can be to balance your professional and personal lives. But there are steps you can take to make life easier and less stressful. Here are 7 ways to help make sure both your career and family flourish: Look for dependable and trustworthy childcare. Whether you need a day-care center, an after-school program, or a part-time baby-sitter, both you and your child have to feel comfortable. A good childcare provider should have extensive experience, good references, and a record to prove it. A good daycare facility should have flexible hours, a low teacher-to-student ratio, outdoor space, up-to-date licenses, and employees who have had their backgrounds checked. Explore options for elderly care. If you are taking care of an elderly relative, needing home care, find a professional you can trust to provide the kind of care you do. Have a contingency plan. Always have a backup plan in place, as emergencies are inevitable. Find a friend, neighbor, or nearby relative who can help out in the event your normal arrangements fall through.                      4. Ask your employer about flexible work arrangements. Many employers are allowing employees to work compressed workweeks (e.g., 10 hours a day for 4 days), work from home when they need to, or make their own […]

7 Tips to Managing Different Relationships of Life!

  “No road is long with good company.” — Turkish Proverb Every relationship is different, but they all matter. When two individuals feel comfortable in each other’s company and decide to be with each other, they enter into a relationship. It is essential for individuals to get along well to have a strong and healthy relationship. Here are 7 tips to strengthen your interpersonal relationship: 1. Compatibility – Dreams are meant to be shared together   Two individuals in a relationship must be compatible with each other. There should be little or no scope for serious conflicts and misunderstandings in a relationship. Individuals from similar backgrounds and similar goals in life do extremely well in relationships. People with different aims, attitudes, thought processes find it difficult to adjust and hence fail to carry the relationship to the next level. 2. Clear Communication is the key to any successful interaction Communication plays a pivotal role in all types of relationships whether it is personal or professional. Feelings must be expressed and reciprocated in relationships. Individuals need to communicate with each other effectively for better understanding. Lack of clear communication leads to problems and misunderstandings. The recipient must understand what the sender intends to communicate and vice a versa. In professional relationships as well, colleagues must communicate well for a better bonding. Sit with your co-workers and discuss issues face to face to reach a mutually acceptable solution. 3. Honesty is the best Policy Be honest in relationships. Do not lie or hide […]

Learning a new skill is easy !

“The expert at anything was once a beginner.” ― Helen Hayes Learning a new skill should be exciting and something you cannot wait to practice everyday. Keep visualizing the joy of reaching the end goal and being a better version of yourself. To love life is to continually be learning and challenging yourself. Here’s another real story of a professional with IT experience. She worked for a corporate for 4 years and took a career break, her priorities changed when she was blessed with her first child. Now that her child has started schooling, she decided to dedicate some quality time towards restarting her career. It was not easy getting back after a break, she had to update her skill set. She tried a couple of different work from home options, but she wanted to get back to IT. She connected with Her Second Innings team, after her initial assessment, with guidance from career experts she decided to pursue learning a new skill. She chose “Word Press.” And started, with gaining knowledge from resources available online. Her Second Innings connected her to a mentor who is guiding her to build her first webpage. She is all excited to get started in her new career. It is important to pursue your dreams, but finding the right platform to start realizing your dreams is equally important. Her Second Innings, is one such platform that encourages women to reach their goals, by providing various services that can benefit you. If you are ready […]