In Conversation with a Working Mother


Article by Kanakadurga Ramani, Manager – Consulting Services at Avtar with Ms.Anitha Pradeep

  1. Please tell us about yourself, your passions and dreams. 

Am a B.Tech graduate having 9 yrs of work experience as senior executive-merchandising/supply chain management, am very much passionate towards career and want to achieve more to reach higher positions. My dream is to be a good personality both in office and personal life and to be respected by everyone.

  1. Was your break a conscious decision? What were the obvious fears when you started looking out for openings?

Of course, it was a conscious one with no other options left to take care of my kid who was longing for my hug and affection. With great pain I forced myself to quit the job.The fears are like whether company will offer me a job again ignoring the break in career, as well if I can get the right job or my desired job, without any compromise on the designation and salary package.

  1. What kind of support or opposition you experienced when you discussed about your comeback with your family and friends?

It was an opposition as how I would manage the kids and office. Basically they are very much relaxed and comfortable as I am there to take care of the entire family. Now it is scary for them to share few of the household responsibilities if am going to join work again.

  1. Do you have any expectations from the new job?

Not much but to have the same designation what I left earlier and not to go for a lesser salary than what I was earning before break.

  1. Would you like to share some of the questions that you didn’t have an answer or found them irrelevant in the interview?

Again it’s all about how you would manage both office and family, and not ready to offer the job; reason – I am not updated with the latest trends. So company has put me in the wait list even though I have good experience and exposure with good companies. And because of the career break, I am offered lesser salary, despite of having a higher budget for the role.

  1. How important is flexible working to you? Do you think it is a must for all women getting back to career after a break?

Flexible working is very important for me but even if its fixed time working it would help me plan my day much better to take care of the family. Work from home options at least twice a week would be great. Such flexibility will be good not only for comeback mothers but for all the women.

  1. What was your job preference when you were looking to comeback – Jobs that exactly matched your previous jobs, Jobs that matched your skills or Jobs that gave you flexibility while working? 

My earlier job required more working hours and to travel a lot. But now I prefer to work in the same place with lesser working hours or flexible working hours.

  1. How did you prepare yourself for the interview?

I am repeatedly asking many questions to myself and preparing answers for it as how to convince the interviewer and get the job

  1. Would you like give some tips to I-Winners on career comeback.

It is always necessary for a woman to handle any situation in her life herself. For that, she needs to be exposed to the outside world and get acquainted with various people. It would be better if she is employed, to be financially independent. She can as well be mentally strong. This doesn’t mean we should not respect our better half and not to obey anyone but to be on job is to have some self respect for ourselves in the family and society