Article by: Kanakadurga Ramani, Manager – Consulting Services at Avtar with Huma K Farook
- Please tell us about yourself, your passions and dreams.
I am a family person first, with a keen interest and passion to accomplish my dreams – personally & professionally. After a brief stint in corporate life, I was set to make a family and that too with a lot of passion. And now with my second innings I want to establish myself in the new role in the corporate world.
- Was your break a conscious decision? What were the obvious fears when you started looking out for openings?
At this time of life, I have to take conscious decisions as far as work is concerned. So, yes I had analysed the opportunity with respect to my personal activities and its implications on them. The most obvious fear was to manage my kids’ day-to-day requirements rather, their minute-to-minute requirements.
- What kind of support or opposition you experienced when you discussed about your comeback with your family and friends?
Once I as an individual had made up my mind on taking up the new role, the task was to convince the family. While the thought was supported and welcomed by them, the opposition was with respect to doing my responsibility towards my children and husband.
- Did you have any expectations from the new job?
Expectations are that, I get work-life balance out of time that I spent on this new job.
- Would you like to share some of the questions that you didn’t have an answer or found them irrelevant in the interview?
Questions related to family management are quite irrelevant as any company would want their task to be done or completed and the employee’s family or personal matters are left to his/ her discretion, then why the unnecessary probing into one’s personal life.
- How important is flexible working to you? Do you think it is a must for all women getting back to career after a break?
Yes, the flexible working should be given to women who seek the same from the management, especially with very young children back home, who need more time devoted then the other working women with grown-ups or teenager children.
- 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?
Jobs matching my skills were a always a preference, however flexibility at work is something I desired now.
- How did you prepare yourself for the interview?
For the interview, I ran through my CV and checked the company portfolio.
- Would you like give some tips to I-Winners on career comeback.
Just don’t compromise on personal life – be it self or your family.