Resuming Career after a decade's break
Updated: Sep 19, 2021
Not just resuming, but flourishing in the 2nd innings! Meet Uma, Assistant Vice President at a multinational bank, share her journey.
She shares the challenges faced by her and how she handled them. After starting her career at a bank, she left after 9 years, to take care of her child. And then she was a stay at home mom for the next decade and then decided to resume her career again, at the age of 40. Did it look feasible ? Was it easy ? How did it happen ?
By the way, this episode is special for another reason as well. Listen to find out more.
What the New Indian Woman podcast is about
As you may already be aware, this podcast has 2 focus areas. One, We examine the challenges faced by today's Indian woman and proposes ACTIONABLE strategies in the Indian context, on a wide variety of topics - right from identifying their passion to better productivity and parenting. Second, We meet women who chose to aspire or have a dream beyond their defined roles and facilitates sharing of what worked and what didn’t, for them. Today's episode falls in the second category.
And in the process, my aim is to help you, The New Indian woman, to realize your potential, chase your dreams and aspirations, utilize the wonderful opportunities available in today's world.
What's in this episode:
Uma talks about an interesting learning experience that she had right at the start of her career. It was something so bad that it affected her a great deal. But she chose to learn from it and acknowledge it, to the extent that even in this podcast she starts off by talking about it.
She talks about the challenges of singlehandedly managing the house and her young kid and that too in the days before Internet and mobile and her decision to take up Voluntary retirement at the age of 29.
The following period is about adjusting to the role of stay at home mom, without being able to handle the expectations typical of women in Indian households. She talks about how this affected her. This particular part will be relatable to most of the listeners. But then, she talks about how she decided to approach it and what she did about it. We discuss this thru the day to day scenarios that we all face, knowing the intention but still facing challenges at the same time.
She talks about the trappings of being indispensable at home, choosing to add more and more things and the tendency to keep busy.
Then she goes on to talk about her decision to join the workforce again and how she faced rejections one after the other, with people not even ready to interview her!
And then, this particular bank, the experience made her brush aside her inhibitions to call up her old friend to find out the reasons for rejection. And then, she talks about the interview and then her choice to negotiate for a better role.
We will continue her journey in the next episode.
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