It’s a dilemma faced by many urban women -- the need to take a break after pregnancy. Soon, it’s a challenge to regain their footing in the competitive job market. To address their concerns, Rize@PeopleKonnect, an all-women’s organisation is organising Back To The Front, an event where 12 speakers, from all walks of life, will share their experiences and guide women on how to make a comeback.
The event will also feature a job fair. Anjali Gulati, the director and founder, spells out their vision, “The event aims to facilitate second careers for women by guiding them to return to the fold. Almost all women, whether working or planning to come back to work have similar thoughts and challenges, so we wanted to create a platform where we could build a support group to direct them to think of their long-term goals and how to achieve them.”
The session will help participants create a plan for re-entering the workforce. It will cover a range of options ranging from 9-to-5 jobs, part time work, entrepreneurship, to becoming a franchisee. A workshop/conference will be held every quarter. The event will also head to Bengaluru and Delhi due to demand for suchevents.
Hear it from the experts
Chetnaa Mehrotra, image consultant and creative movement practitioner
>> Start with the job search, ascertain the market trends.
>> Accept your own body and self-image. Devote time to external appearance and rebuild an appropriate and an attractive wardrobe. How you dress is the way you feel, and that’s how you will act and others’ responses will be according to it.
>> Get a professional resume writer. Stay in touch with manpower agents.
>> Retrace lost contacts, rebuild interaction.
Tara Sharma Saluja, actress, co-producer and host of TV Show for new mums
>> Women should follow their dreams, perhaps even reinvent themselves and create new opportunities. Organisations should support women who wish to return to work.
>> Some would like to go back to their original corporate jobs and in that instance, the organisations would hopefully have programmes that encourage women to do this: flexi hours or work from home or other such infrastructure adjustments.