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Women going back to work after starting a family means playing a number of roles. However, it need not be as difficult with these five tips!
As I looked at my coffee mug steaming up, my mind transitions from the park view of my apartment to a work station in a corporate utilising my degree and my talent.
Nah! I am not someone who considers that managing home & kids is a ” just a homemaker” activity. I earnestly believe that I am nurturing lives, raising future generations.
Why do most of us feel guilty about not being able to resume our office jobs? Why do we feel reluctant when our spouse talks about any job opportunity?
The only truth is that we are all Super Women waiting for the world to be a little more empathetic and flexible in understanding us.
There is immense female talent in our country just waiting for the right opportunity. While few of us are fortunate enough to continue the race owing to our flexible employers. But this too comes with some amount of sacrifice.
A male counterpart with low potential often becomes a competition in our way of success majorly because of multiple roles we are playing on the family front. We all know what the problem is. How unfair this disparity is. But this is the case for women in most countries. Enough on this now.
Lets talk solutions:
Hunt for an employer who understands and believes in the potential of the female talent and offers flexibility & substantial remuneration.
For most of us, when a flexible job is offered there is an underlying that the deployment is often more than the salary. Why? It really doesn’t matter where you contribute from. The concept of a Virtual Assistant has become very popular these days. US or UK based clients outsource Virtual Assistants from India to manage their calendar and other day to day activities. The remuneration for the same is much higher if we convert in INR as compared to an employer in India. Hence, there should be clearing expectation setting of amount of work done = fair salary paid.
Instead of thinking about what you can do once your children grow up or are stable, invest time in yourself. While some of us are fortunate to take help from family members, others always can find some way to balance only if you have the fervour in you
A woman is the perpetual support to her family. You have all the rights to expect help from your partner when you want to concentrate on your career or are on the verge of getting things on track. Set expectations of “Giving it back too” on your partner. A supportive husband paves path for a successful woman.
Why do we have to even wait for the 2nd Innings? In this fast paced digital world of connectivity over boundaries, there is no limit to our ideas and aspirations. Identify the problem in your community, do a SWOT analysis of your strengths & weakness, formulate into a venture and explore yourself. It’s always easier said that done. But remember if you have the potential to nurture lives, you always have that spark in you to nurture your dreams.
Why wait for a decade to play the 2nd Innings? The pitch of life is very rough. You may never know that dearth of knowledge or obsoleteness might make it difficult to win the match in the near future.
Your potential is your asset, no matter if you work virtually or play multiple roles. It is one thing no one can take from you.
Value your self and others will do it eventually. Do not wait for the 2nd Innings ladies, Life is even too short to predict.
Play your best, coz you are and will always be the Super Woman!
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Neha Chawla is the Founder of NGOStory. A passionate writer and social educationist, she has been working for many NGOs and foundations conducting awareness programs for psychological well being and children empowerment. An Arts graduate read more...
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Last week, I was having a conversation with a friend related to personal financial planning and she shared how she had had fleeting thoughts about joining work but she was apprehensive to take the plunge. She was unaware of return to work programs available in India.
She had taken a 3-year long career break due to child care and the disconnect from the job arena that she spoke about is something several women in the same situation will relate to.
More often than not, women take a break from their careers to devote time to their kids because we still do not have a strong eco-system in place that can support new mothers, even though things are gradually changing on this front.
A married woman has to wear a sari, sindoor, mangalsutra, bangles, anklets, and so much more. What do these ornaments have to do with my love, respect, and commitment to my husband?
They: Are you married?
They: But You don’t look like it
Me: (in my Mind) Why should I?
Why is being married not enough for a woman, and she needs to look married too? I am tired of such comments in the nearly four years of being married.
I believe that anything that is forced is not right. I must have a choice. I am a living human, not a puppet. And I am not stopping anyone by not following any tradition. You are free to do whatever you like to do. But do not force others. It’s depressing.