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I wanted to wake up early morning and crib about it. I wanted to try and catch some sleep on the way to work. I wanted to plan my day and i wanted that plan to include more than what to cook, and where to go and what to read. I wanted my day to include a good 8 hours of solving problems at work, strategizing and planning. And i wanted to fit the rest of the things in - cooking, reading, relaxing and anything else i wanted to do.
I want every woman out there to know that it is never easy and never will be. Stepping out of work or coming back in. But the industry needs to recognize that and appreciate it. The industry needs to be accommodating to these scenarios. These are not special scenarios. Every woman at some point needs to do this - for her marriage, her children or a million other reasons. It is a reality. This is just how life is. The industry needs to accept that. Accepting it is the right thing to do.
-Pooja, Programmer Analyst [on career break due to relocation].
My husband was promoted and was asked to take over a new territory for his firm. I had to again quit a job that I loved and move from the city where I had managed to make a place for myself after much hard work. I have not been able to pick myself up for a long time since then. It is now, again after almost another two years have passed, that I think of having a job because I crave creativity, stimulation of that sort which only work can bring and also a group spirit.
I feel suffocated and frustrated which often spills on my daughter. I think I scare her with the loudness of my voice I know I am better than that. I don't know if I have it in me any more but I do want to get out of doors every morning with a purpose that is larger than deciding what to cook for dinner.
-Aanandika, Writer-Editor [ on career break due to relocation
This happens to millions of career women around the world as soon as they become moms; everything else comes second (including their career). I still didn't want to leave my ambitions, so I continued working even harder to balance work, family, and my baby. I loved my job and loved my baby, so I had to somehow find double the time.
By the time, my second baby was on the way, I was getting burnt out- It was time to take a step back and evaluate the purpose of my life. That’s when I decided to quit working for a company.
When I could get my head above water, I realized that I am not the only one making such choices. I kept meeting stressed burnt out working moms and women on a career break. Many women around the world leave their careers for their kids and family, even many highly experienced ones who are already in leadership roles.
-Anonymous, Software Professional[on career break for her family and kids]
I am a homemaker, have two kids, daughter(13) and son (8), husband working in Private sector.Took a break when I conceived and shifted to place where I cudnt pursue my career and devoted mytime raising my daughter, then came my son and time passed by.I am very happy raising my kids and very much satisfied and I have grown more strong as a person as on when life teaches you. But now kids grown up, I want to join back the corporate. I want to do something for myself, financially independent. I want to make myself proud!
-Shobha, [On career break due to child care]
Hi friends, The story of my break-in-career is as usual like any other Indian women. I descent from Kolkata. I did my graduation in Journalism Honors and then the post graduation in Mass Communication. I started my career with an Ad Agency in Kolkata and now I am having 5 years of professional experience. We are the three siblings and I am the second one. We are brought up by our grandmother whom we used to call AMMU. She was like our mother as well as father. Though she passed away in 2012, but still I believe that she is always with me. I was working then in an Govt. Organization on a contractual post. After my Ammu passed away, my uncle and relatives started forcing me to get married. I have my younger brother who is studying MSc in Botany, is financially dependent on me. Then my uncle finalized the bride from Faridabad who is my husband now, I had to agree upon. No body listened to my any of the excuses. My marriage finalized on 6th May 2013. I applied for the transfer in my organization. But unfortunately my post was non-transferable. Then I waited for somebody to replace me. My office got the replacement in December 2013 and I came to stay with my husband and in-laws in January 2014, after resigning from my job. After I came to Faridabad, I faced the rude reality. I am trying everyday to get a job but alas! I am unable to find one. My job is important to me but it is more important for my brother. I promised Ammu to support him unless he gets a job for himself. So I am trying everyday in every way to grab the suitable opportunity.
-Gargi, Mass Communication [On career break due to marriage]