I Want To Get Back To The IT Industry After A 2 Year Break. How?

Posted: September 4, 2018

Getting back to work is a challenge for many women, and especially in a dynamic industry like IT. Here are some thoughts on making the return. 

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You asked us:

I have about 3 years experience in IT software testing Industry. Had to take an unexpected break of 2 years to take care of my ailing mother. Now things are stable, want to get back into workforce. But now it seems intimidating!

Industry is moving towards automation, I have done a course in that. But still I have fears will this be enough to get back. Is there any options to move to a less technical role like Business Analyst? Please help me with ideas to gain courage and confidence to get into my role of preference. Thanks in Advance. (I have a bachelor’s degree in computer applications. And started my career as a manual software tester. I have 3 years of experience in this role.)

Apurva Purohit responds:

“As the saying goes, “don’t allow the tail to wag the dog”. That said, do not let your fears hold you back from getting into the industry groove. However, you must first decide whether it is the fear of not being adequate that is stopping you or do you really not want to get back into IT.

Once you have decided the driving force, I suggest you weigh your options and see if you require additional training for it. If you really are passionate about IT, do not give up on it. Get back into the grind with full gusto and rest assured that you will pick up pace.

However, please be aware that when you enter the industry again, you will find your peers have moved on and ahead of you in various facets. But put your fears to rest, get back into the pipeline and I’m sure you will cover up within no time. You will have to pick up from where you left off, but that is okay. Many professionals feel intimidated to get back to work after a small or medium sabbatical because they have wrong expectations from themselves and the industry. So level your expectations, pick a starting point and get back to it with utmost confidence and passion.”

– Ms. Apurva Purohit, President, Jagran Group

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Apurva Purohit is the President of the Jagran Group, one of India’s largest multi-media conglomerates with a turnover of USD 350 million and market capitalization of USD 800 million. With over three decades of experience in the media and entertainment industry, she currently manages a diverse portfolio which includes print, radio, digital and outdoor. In her previous role as CEO of Radio City, she is credited with making Radio City one of the largest and most profitable networks in the FM industry. Apurva was one of the Top 30 Most Powerful Women in Business as per the India Today Group in 2016. Apurva has been a leading voice in the Indian business landscape, advocating gender diversity, what ails it, and what organizations and leaders can do to make it possible. She is also the author of the national bestselling book “Lady, You’re not a Man” – the Adventures of a Woman at Work.

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