The femininity renaissance gave birth to the 21st century woman who is not just a homemaker now but the bread-winner too. The metamorphosis of the timid pupa to an independent butterfly may have taken decades together for the female community nevertheless; this transition has been conspicuous and profound. This attainment of equal status has coupled her challenges manifold. But woman, being the incarnation of patience and dedication has confronted these changes victoriously.
The corporate lady has the double load of striking a balance between her professional duties and household responsibilities. During the course of discharging her duties there may be several times when she has to encounter unavoidable breaks in her career. These breaks can be due to varied reasons like a serious ailment, marriage, family upbringing, taking care of elders and many others. Whatever is the duration of the splitter in her career graph she has to sustain her optimism because it’s attitude that decides one’s altitude. One of India’s Prime Ministers, Mrs. Indira Gandhi had once said, “You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and vibrantly alive in repose”. Adversities act as a litmus test of an individual’s character. Hence, the tenacity that a woman inherits in her character aids her in such situations.
The re-entry into corporate life after a long intermission is exciting and equally stressful for a woman. Considering a break like marriage only facilitates her in acclimatizing to the work environment analogous to adapting to her new home environment. Her qualities of adjusting to her new personal life are reflected in her approach towards her work and colleagues. Another interrupt in career is when she is baptized to motherhood. This particular pause can be for a few months or for few years. The very phenomena of managing a family instil in her a stronger sense of responsibility. She becomes more meticulous about life. The entire period where she is deeply involved in raising her children into self-sufficient individuals she is transformed into a more matured and stable persona. She faces a second phase of learning and developing with her children. The attributes gained in this phase of interruption in career prepares her sufficiently for the second innings in corporate world. These breaks discussed are often inevitable in a woman’s career. Other splitters in career like a serious illness or an emotional trauma are equally challenging. But the recovery period offers her to learn the attitude of facing adversities not just in personal life but also at workplace. In the present scenario of corporate rat race she learns to overcome her vulnerability.
In case of any break in career the time if utilized constructively can only help improve the resume. For a woman it’s not so difficult considering her natural instinct of preparing for the rainy days. The women of this century is more goal oriented and aspirational. These attributes help her accommodate to changes. The 21st century woman is brim over with the competitive spirit and zeal to achieve her goals. She is more aware about the globe, its happenings and emerging technologies. She can effectively utilize the period of her break to enhance and update her skills and knowledge to the latest. A woman’s socializing attribute helps her gain updates about her workplace from her colleagues. This eventually aids her in preparing to re-join her job. A woman is considered to be a born manager. Hence it isn’t a tough task for her when it comes to managing her career even after a halt. The stress involved in growing a successful career after a recess is huge. But the inherent ability of a woman to absorb stress, both physical and emotional, helps her wade through the tides in her career.
Re-assuring a successful corporate career after a break is definitely a challenging task. But today’s independent corporate woman is not just elegance but success personified and hence, can undoubtedly experience certainty.