Imagine resuming your career as a fresher after having worked for 9 years ? Working with senior colleagues who are much younger than you and peers who are of the next generation! It is not easy, worse, it has all the elements to pull you down on a daily basis..
What was Uma's way of handling these ? How was she able to resume her 2nd innings like this and then grow to become the Assistant Vice President at a multinational bank within the next 10 years ? We continue our chat with her. In Part 1, we talked about her journey till she resumed her career and in this episode, we look at how she adapted and more importantly, what we can learn from this.
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What the New Indian Woman podcast is about
As you may already be aware, this podcast has 2 focus areas. One, We examine the challenges faced by today's Indian woman and proposes ACTIONABLE strategies in the Indian context, on a wide variety of topics - right from identifying their passion to better productivity and parenting. Second, We meet women who chose to aspire or have a dream beyond their defined roles and facilitates sharing of what worked and what didn’t, for them. Today's episode falls in the second category.
And in the process, my aim is to help you, The New Indian woman, to realize your potential, chase your dreams and aspirations, utilize the wonderful opportunities available in today's world.
What's in this episode:
Uma talks about why she decided to negotiate even though she had only rejection letters in her kitty. She shares her frustration about the bank not valuing any of her 9 years' experience and offering to employ her as a fresher. But again, she decided to concede defeat in the negotiation, but made sure that she took it upon herself to prove to them they were wrong. She talks about how she felt it is her responsibility to move up the fast lane.
She shares about her conversation with her supervisors on this and them giving her a promotion within 1.5 years. She narrates the challenges at workplace and how she decided to use all her skills to make herself more visible, apart from the core job requirements. She then goes on to talk about how she shared with her family on her resolution and clarified how she expected them to support her. She explains why it is important for women to stop self-criticism.
Prior to that she had to make arrangements to resume her job and that meant making herself more redundant at home, expecting her children to handle many things. And like, we have heard with so many other inspiring women in our podcast, she called out for help, from her husband.
Uma talks about how to make support systems work, how striving for perfection is not something to feel proud of and she also tells us her secret behind managing work and home - and this one is going to surprise you.
If this makes you think it is all work and no play….. Uma surprises us again by saying she is a fun loving person and we have a good laugh over her interests and hobbies. And then she says bye with a beautiful message to all and surprise, surprise, a wonderful song.
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