There are a number of professions which women are getting into. The world is already open and has accepted women as able managers and top notch professionals. Today, you hear names like Indra Nooyi of Pepsico and Chanda Kochar of ICICI Bank having carved a niche for them in the corporate world. You can set up your career based on your educational background and your skill set. Let us look at some workable options.
Women’s forte: Two professions where the women dominate the percentages are teaching and healthcare. If you have post graduate qualifications with B.Ed. or you have done the Nursery teacher training course with graduation, you can easily make it to the school as a teacher. Also, besides doctors you will find a number of women pursuing the nursing career after doing the specialization course.
Potential areas: A number of women qualify the admission tests for careers in education, banking, and civil services; just to name a few of them. You will see a number of women around you who would be working and can add to the avenues possible for you. You can also seek help and guidance from the working women in your relatives and friends.
Setting your online business: Another option which the women prefer a lot is working from home or setting up of a business. You have to be net savvy for being competitive in today’s environment. You may be an expert in selection of ready-made garments, ethnic jewellery, decorative items or interior decoration. You can set up a shop online and have your sources which can supply the items as per your specification. Once you have visitors, who become interested in your wares you can sell online and generate an income. There are a number of women who do freelancing, where you get paid for the jobs that you negotiate with your clients and complete as per the requirement.
Maternity break: For women the option of getting a job is simpler than getting over the family set up. The organizations where you work normally provide for maternity leave for 4~5 months, but that may not be sufficient as far the development of the child goes. It is the first eight years that are crucial for the development of the child. If you are in a joint family, with elders around in the family, it is not much of an issue as someone will definitely take care of the young one when you are away for the job.
Family expectations: The problem comes when you are in a nuclear family. In the West it is either the male or the female who looks after the young one while the other member pursues his or her job. They are also pretty ok with the crèche arrangement. Things are changing in Asia but it is still expected that the lady of the house will take responsibility of the young one. It is not the right thing and needs a radical change.
The way forward: Let the family expectations not be a setback in life. Till the time you find an alternate arrangement to take care of the young one, you can pursue higher education, part time specialization course, on even online freelancing jaunts in your professional area. If you continue to be in touch with your area of expertise, you will not only enjoy your family life, but also be able to get back to your profession with ease. Ladies emerge stronger with well-groomed children and a career that many men would envy.
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