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Work Life Balance For Ladies In It..pls Advice

Discussion in 'Working Women' started by Needtobestrong, Feb 4, 2020.

  1. Needtobestrong

    Needtobestrong Gold IL'ite

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    i have previous IT work exp but took many years break...want inputs from ladies with babies or toddlers working in IT companies....
    I’m settled in India...
    I m in a situation where I Need to apply back to work ...
    I have many anxieties regarding applying to work after a very long break due to family and health reasons...
    1. How many years of break is usually permitted for ladies who had to take a break for maternity and family reasons? Will a break more than One or two years affect the employability ?
    2. For same salary package do companies prefer freshers or experienced professionals? ( freshers who are single will work longer hours and be ready to come to office during weekends also , this is not the case with married ladies with family commitments )
    3. Are employers little more flexible to those who have small kids to look after? Or are we expected to work 9 or 10 hours everyday in office? It’s tough with a baby...
    What do you do if you’re in a job with no fixed timings which means you cannot always leave at 5pm to pick up toddler from day care?
    4. How do you manage emergencies? Like kid falling sick, family member falling sick, ill health, urgent personal errands etc?if family members are not very supportive...in laws are not that supportive...
    5. How do you manage household chores and domestic and family commitments if you need to travel close to an hour to reach office, work 8 hours in office and one more hour to reach home?
    6 . I’ve a health problem due to which I’m in severe pain a few days a month...I want to know if employers are sympathetic towards that sort of thing and give flexibility during that time...
    7. How do you manage the exhaustion and tiredness if you have to manage everything, I,e office work, small toddler, household, and elderly in laws in joint family? I’m the kid of person who feels down and sleep deprived if I don’t get 8 hours of sleep at night...
    8. How do you manage situations when paid domestic helps like maid, cook etc take long leaves and it’s tough to manage the domestic chores at home?
    Though I’m a home maker I faced lot of problem when my domestic help for cleaning took a week off this month..i struggled a lot...I can’t imagine how working ladies in joint family manage work and chores here this kind of thing happens...

    I’m sorry I cannot give details regarding my work experiences like which organisation and which technologies and platforms and job profiles I worked in earlier due to privacy reasons to be anonymous here....
    I’m having lot of anxiety regarding career, health and family work life balance ...in spite of having interest in going for job...
    Any general advices by working ladies in IT in India would help me please...
     
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  2. Anisu

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    @ OP, You have so many questions regarding getting back to work. Relax...
    There are many ladies out there who have taken a break and got back to work. I see a lot of companies encouraging the women return to work. Share your resume with some of your friends, old colleagues . You will get the opportunity. Companies do give some flexibility when you have a toddler at home. They many not give you the flexibility to take rest every month.
    Opt for less stressful job now. Later you can work the technology you want and move to different companies.
     
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  3. AppuMom

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    Look for companies that has return to work program for women.Also how supportive your husband and others at home wrt to chores and kid responsibilities matters a lot.I was in to IT(10 yrs) in India and abroad before taking break.Again after break I opted for Non IT role in India and abroad.IT job in India is challenging ,not all companies give wfh options.But if you have a strong support system this is doable. It matters a lot in which tech you were working before ,whether you have upgraded skill sets etc.Connect through LinkedIn.
    It was frustrating for me to search after each career break.But I opted for Non IT roles and the sail was smooth.Al the best OP.
    I changed location between India and abroad 5 times in last 13 years.
     
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    Yes I've many questions true...but inspite of having interest in job I get big panic attack thinking of this work life balance aspect...DH has long irregular work hours, in laws not so supportive...my toddler is very poor eater and little underweight , small kids fall sick now and then that's a fact..though I'm not working I'm finding tough to manage everything I dont know how i can go out for job...less stressful job is good option ...
     
  5. Needtobestrong

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    Can u pls let me know what non IT role you did ?
    Seriously now I'm not particular about IT or non IT role...I'm flexible about career options.. just want to be employed with a regular income..even if low paying...
    Husband already is busy its tough for him to help on regular basis...in laws not so much supportive if I go for full time job..maximum they can manage for 2 to 3 hours if I go for some personal work outside..more that 4 hours I'm doubtful...I'm loaded with different chores that they wont take care of... that's a major drawback for me...
     
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    Op

    everything falls in place slowly when you take action. What health issues do you have? Can you work on those? Can you focus on your health first and by that time your kids will be big enough to go day care? It’s natural to feel overwhelming when kid is small. Be strong and put good routine to your baby so he can sleep well and you will also get good rest. Learn meditation to manage your stress level
     
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  7. AppuMom

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    OP, Banks,insurance firms,teaching,HR,content writers,recruiting specialists, BSAs,admin ,co ordinator etc..Do your homework well and search job portals to understand the criteria and expectations recruiters has.Kumon instructor,cuemath franchise are other options.
    You need to start somewhere ,your confidence will build up once you start meeting people and got a daily schedule to follow.
     
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    IT is one of the best careers to be in .. if you look at flexibility. You can occasionally work from home, attend meetings from anywhere, etc.

    I would say.. get back to IT. The career breaks matter if you are not good in ur domain. I have interviewed candidates.. and really all that matters is your experience, work, attitude to get things done.

    Your family has equal responsibility in taking care of ur kid. If you really like working, go for it. Plan to manage other things like cooking, cleaning, etc by outsourcing.

    Women have many self-doubts. Dont let these stop you. Your only concern should be on how to get job? Apply on job boards, referral, or take any courses, etc. worry about other things later!
     
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    Content writing sounds interesting...
    If anyone has worked in this field or knows anyone working as content writer pls share details like flexibility, work pressure, career growth etc In this field...I'm not very concerned about salary as that's not my first priority.
     

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