An internship, with its short-term, experimental, and flexible nature, is the ideal solution for women who quit the workforce to either make a gradual transition to full-time work or engage in short-duration work.
Maintaining work-life balance is a major challenge for women, especially when they get married or start a family. Life gets so busy at times that it becomes almost impossible to focus on anything. This takes a toll on their professional and personal life, most of the times resulting in the guilt of not giving enough time to family. Most often than not, women often choose to take a career break as the last resort to solve the work-life management problem.
As time passes and they settle, responsibilities become manageable, and they find themselves with spare time and a wish to go back to work. However, the career gap, followed by diminished confidence, hinders them from doing so. This is why most women have their doubts regarding taking time off their career. But now, they have found themselves a new way to reboot their career, with “internships for women”.
A considerable number of women are now taking up internships to restart their careers. One such example is of Vidya Amar, who worked as a software developer in a reputed firm before taking a decade-long break from her career to take care of her son. She was happy that she could devote her time to the household, but it didn’t give her complete satisfaction. Being an ambitious woman, she wanted to get back on her feet. After a few years, when her son grew up and required less attention, she decided to get back to work. To upskill herself, she took up a course in Android development and started writing codes for small apps, but she wasn’t confident enough to get back to work. So, taking a small but critical step towards returning to the workforce, she took up an internship where she experienced the intricacies of Android app development first-hand, performed significantly well, and regained her lost confidence. For Vidya, an internship turned out to be a kickstarter to her paused career.
Just like Vidya, a lot of other women are turning to internships to (re)start their careers. To understand the reasons for the same, we conducted a survey with over 150 women and found that most of them couldn’t start their careers because of family commitments or had to leave their career at some point to attend to family and kids. But, they had a constant urge to create their individual identity and to be self-dependent. After a period, when their family and children settle, they ponder over joining the workforce but are apprehensive because of reasons like lack of necessary skills, low confidence, or the concern of maintaining their work-life balance.
This is where an internship with its short-term, experimental, and flexible nature becomes an ideal solution for such women to either make a gradual transition to full-time work or keep themselves engaged in work with the help of internships throughout. Here, I have enlisted the top three reasons why women are (re)starting their careers with internships.
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