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“Designing your Success” A break in career for an Indian women

Dear Sheroes,

Are you facing challenges in returning to work after a break in career?

A break in career for an Indian women has become a common norm. Many women take a break from their professional lives either by choice or by virtue of customs. These breaks are usually due to Marriage, Maternity, Taking care of growing up children or elders, Lack of support from family etc…

This is primarily because of 3 reasons –

  1. It is customary that married women’s first priority is household chores and not careers.
  2. Even if you choose to have a career, still you are responsible to take care of the entire household.
  3. Gender gap in pay packages and it is expected that women should compromise on pay packages after children.

I remember going for an interview for a school teacher job in Mumbai after shifting my base post marriage and while having discussion on remuneration, the recruiters gave this intelligent view point why women want so high salaries… “Apka ghar apki salary se thodi na chalta hai”. (Your household doesn’t work on your salary, so why do you even ask for higher salary?) That just blowed my mind. Imagine this coming from the mouth of the recruitment team of an educational institution. What benchmark are we setting for the society. And I firmly told them I deserve for higher salary because of the effort I invest and not because of my Gender.

This is a common phenomenon what women face when they are returning to their careers. And due to external pressures they loose out on their confidence and are bound to ask following Questions …

Q1. What’s the purpose of my life?

My Perspective – Your purpose in life is to find out those things that are central to your core happiness and that motivates you towards gaining clarity, direction and creating your own destiny. Think on paper what gives you happiness? List that down. Your life and destiny depends upon your decisions today. So basically your future lies in your hands. Design Your life on your terms and conditions.

Q2. How will my family react to my decision of resuming my career?

My Perspectives- Clear and open communication is the key element here. You need to firmly Communicate what you desire for and set the expectations from them. There will be confrontations, don’t be scared of them. Everytime reply firmly. In this situation you are like a train who is changing track, so some amount of fireworks is just normal. Stick to your goals towards achieving your dreams.

Q3. How can I restart my career?

My Perspectives- Preparation is the key here. Prepare yourself mentally and just jump into action by reading more and upgrading your skillset. You can even take the help of a women empowerment coach / Life Coach to help you keeping you aligned to your targets.
Idea is just start, don’t overthink. The moment you do that your will power weakens. Trust yourself, your gut and your potentials.
You’ll soon be a Rockstar.

Q4. Do I still have that passion and skill to be a fit in professional life?

My Perspectives-Your passion is still alive and that’s why you are contemplating. Don’t kill it by doubting yourself. As for skills, your learning curve needs to be progressive. You need to continually learn till your last breath.

Hey you are a fearless Tigress, don’t let your Resistances win. Just hit that Reboot button towards

Come out of your shells and connect with your dreams….

Comment below about your views. You can post questions also, I’ll answer them every Thursday.

Kudos to your Empowerment!

Richa Chaturvedi

About Author

Richa Chaturvedi is a Women Empowerment Strategist and Coach and the founder of EmpowHer. Her purpose is to Empower women to find their Identity, connect to their soul, unlock Abundance and attain success in both personal and professional life. She calls them Sheroes, because she feels they are their own heroes
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