Break in career - steps to make the come back smooth
Lot of women take a break in career to take care of family, children , career of the spouse or some other priority.Making a come back to the corporate world has been a challenge for them.This article throws light on how can you overcome this and make the best use of your time while you are taking care of the family and also make your come back smooth
Lot of women take a break in career to take care of family, children , career of the spouse or some other priority.
Excerpts from some of such emails which I keep receiving often:
I have taken a break from career from 2015, as I moved with my husband to UAE. Hope you appreciate the churn a lady has to go through with giving up a career, moving and raising a kid! "
~~~ A lady IT professional with about 10+ years of experience
I was working as a business analyst in an IT firm. I had to have two breaks so far due to family reasons. Want to get back to my professional career at the earliest. Would you spare some time in sharing some tips on how can I get back to my professional career.
~~~ A lady IT professional with about 8+ years of experience
These are some of the regular mails I keep receiving almost every day.
Be a Mom and enjoy it
Being a mom is one of the most beautiful phases of life and the early years of bonding between the child and the mom goes a long way in building strong relationship between the child and the mom.
My personal take has always been to enjoy this beautiful phase which doesn’t come back in the lost years later.
If your career allows flexi options without taking a longer break then that’s always preferred.
Not all professions, careers come with the option for flexi working, nor all nature of work/ organization
Market Trends are changing
The work place and the jobs demand us to keep up with the market trends and the latest technologies.
Most of the women feel left out from the industry and market during this phase and feel that some where they need to balance this.
Dont have to make a tough choice - have both
During one of my interactions with a lady professional we came up with some interesting ideas and engagement options to balance these two sides of life.
Hence thought it would be better to share this at a larger platform for the benefit of many more professionals who are going through a break and looking to keep in touch with their professional needs while enjoying their family time.
Learning while Mommying
Take up some course/certification related to the professional field/domain during the break since it will help in 3 ways:
Staying updated on the industry trends - (even knowing industry terms and jargon is equally important)
1. Learn some new skill/technology which will help putting back in touch with your professional field.
2. The skill/technology ultimately helps you in making a come back to the professional career easier when you start your job search
3. Helps you in closing the gap since this is shown as a continuation as skill development to deal with the challenges to go back to work after maternity break.
Add a professional certification to your CV
4. Most important makes your CV look richer with a professional skill upgrade or a certification achievement.
Look for flexi work/part time work -
Look for opportunities or companies which offer these. There are lot of organizations/start ups who offer part time/flexi time/work from home opportunities.
We at Adaptive US are a team of 15 people and we work remotely from various parts of the world.
70% of our work force has been working moms , who have been brought back to work after a break.
There is good amount of opportunity in digital marketing, online tutoring, content writing, Online marketing, Content development, Sourcing and HR consulting work that can be done from home.
Corporate world is becoming more open to flexi work/part time work/work from home assignments.
The reward for hiring women after a break is they are committed and loyal to the organization. Many a times they are able to hire much better talent with these options.
Invest time and energy in Business Networking
5. Join Professional groups on Linkedin, follow/Participate in professional discussions.
6. Network with special interest groups and professionals of your domain/field
7. Participate in forums and conferences which can help you enhance your career in the new field
8. Take up any voluntary work or free lance assignment if you come across to keep in touch with your professional field.
All the above steps not only keeps one abreast and updated on the latest trends but also improves the chances of going back soon to an engagement with the help of the professional networking.
You don’t have to always chose one among the two things which are close to your heart.
If you are smart and know how to manage time well you can have the pleasure of having both of them together.
As such we women have always proven ourselves in various hats we wear and have the mastered the art of joggling all the balls in their life really well.
The tougher the journey, the stronger we come out, the bigger the learning.
Lot of organizations have started initiatives for giving break to women after a break with their second career initiatives like www.tatasecondcareer.com, IBM and SAP etc.
Better start the journey today than pushing it to tomorrow.
Give yourselves the wings of knowledge, power of positivity and empowerment.
My mission is to help business analysts to build a successful professional career.
I have helped 2000+ BAs in choosing a better career and help them achieve professional success.
I am also a strong supporter of encouraging women workforce in technology and has helped many women to come back to work after long career breaks.
70% of our work force is working moms who have been brought back to work after a career break due to family and other priorities.
I am a fitness enthusiast, spend most of my day in building my company, building my family, helping professionals in their career progression, staying fit, being spiritual and positive.
I co-founded Adaptive US, #1 IIBA V3 training organization. I manage sales and operations at Adaptive US. Under my leadership, Adaptive is now established as a world-leader.
My single mantra of life – Do what you need to at the moment and live without regrets
You can reach me at Ann@Adaptiveus.com
Website - www.AdaptiveUS.com