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EKTA CHAUDHARY


I Am

Got married to an Army officer soon after my post-graduation in 1996. Aware of it's effects on my professional life, I stayed determined, explored new avenues and identified my personal strengths.

Before my Career Break:

Opted to pursue teaching, completed a B.Ed degreeand began teaching in a nursery school in Pune. However, had to take a break when my husband got posted to a field are and then we moved to Bangalore.

My Journey:

With more options in Bangalore, I taught for a while in a few schools on shorter stints and soon realized that my learning curve was regressing. I tried to stay up to date and explored more challenging career options. Human Resource Management, caught my interest and Irealised I should have explored thisa long time back. I love interacting with people and I really liked the idea of constantly engaging with people, understanding their aspirations, and mapping them against the organization's requirements.

I studied PGHRM to understand the dynamics of building and enhancing relationships that support the growth of an organization. Transitions are never easyand I started my career with a small consultancy in Bangalore. Working for a corporate firm was a dream and I aspired to achieve it someday!

IEventually, we shifted base from Lebanon - Bangalore - Delhi. Taking up brief stints with corporates helped me to stay engaged but also weakened my chances of getting a permanent job as easily. After 8 months of applying with all possible corporate and small firms, I finally got a job with a small IT company.

We then had to shift to Hyderabad, where I took up a project in a Business school. However this assignment,took me away from my area of work - employeeengagement, recruitment, on-boarding and induction activities.

I attended the P.inc Talking Tourheld in Hyderabad. The event reaffirmed my belief in the fact that nothing is impossible if you are persistent and resilient. The whole idea was to extendsupport, confidence and opportunity to women, who were qualified and experienced, but without work currently, due to various reasons.

P.inc Woman @ work:

I was called for an interview by one of the participating organisations in the Talking Tour. I havefinally found a role in the Human Resources function with a reputed, global corporation.

I am grateful to the TOI initiative and the platform P.inc provided. We need more and more initiatives like this, to have a diverse workforce for any corporate. Such initiatives not only give employment, but they also boost the confidence of women who are well qualified and deserve another chance to start all over again!


"Mommy Rebooted"

Sheetal Goel

I am:

  • An Entrepreneur and Graphic Designer - My company is called Cupik Design. I design and create personalized stationery for
    kids and grown-ups.
  • Marketing Manager for my author husband, whose second thriller novel will hopefully release soon.

Before being a Mom:

I was in marketing communications - Worked for almost 9 years in the corporate sector, with stints at Blue Star, Lintas, VGC and O&M.

Why I made the change:

Very early in my career I realized that I understand people and I loved to design. After having a baby, I couldn't bear the thought of wasting time in a corporate environment where I wasn't even using my skill sets. I made the jump once I was ready to work again after the baby.

My stationery business started quite by chance. I did some corporate design work for a friend's company, and she asked me to design invites for her son's birthday. I did it, and everyone loved it. I thought there was an opportunity there and spent the next 4 weeks just designing stuff ,It worked, and I have been busy ever since .

Musical Bonding happened somewhere along the way . I attended the class with my 10 month old daughter and realized I was having a ball of a time! I think the teachers also saw the inner monkey in me! They offered me a teacher's position. It's the best thing that could have happened to me .

How do I manage:

With help from a wonderfully patient and supportive husband, my family who live close by and lots of friends who keep encouraging me and egging me on!

For someone like me ,who's worked in the corporate world, there is no greater joy than working in your PJs from the comfort of your home, anytime you like. And if you get to jump around and act silly with little kids once or twice a week (and get paid for it!), it only reinforces that you made the right decision!

In the future:

  • A full-fledged design studio for Cupik Design is somewhere on the horizon, hopefully by the end of 2013. I have this dream of being known as the stationery queen of India (cheesy, I know!). Let's see how far I go!
  • Musical Bonding is my meditation. I think I will teach there till I am about 60 or so, or if they throw me out 'cos I'm too old and creaky to hop like a frog or prance around like a silly goose.

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