You can find a number of Indian women who have taken a break after a successful career. She was well educated, loved her professional identity and financially independent. She was really enjoying her professional life but suddenly what changes her mind to take a break? An inevitable situation such as motherhood, marriage, ill-health of self or family member during her professional journey and so she had to take a sabbatical. I am sure most of you can relate this situation to yours.

Sabbatical could be either by choice or due to circumstances from where she cannot escape. Many a times, she was not ready but had to take sabbatical because of unfavorable circumstances. It could be 2 years, 2 months or 2 weeks depending on the situation, but for some, it is for a lifetime.

I have several friends who had taken sabbatical and still haven’t joined back, still struggling to get back to work. In fact, I am on the same page too. Took sabbatical in 2016 but I haven’t stopped myself there. Being from a Pharmaceutical background, it was tough for me to get back into industry. However, I searched for other opportunities and I started working as a Freelance academic and content writer and now I have started publishing my technical and non-technical articles in various websites.

So, what are you waiting for if you are on your sabbatical? Start exploring new opportunities which can help you to be in race again. Though, it will take time but I am sure you will definitely succeed. There must be something available for you. You only need to explore the options and start your professional career again.What would be the things to come back from career break?

You must not sit idle during sabbatical. Your major focus must be to improve yourself and your life. You must start working to improvise your skills, get involved in learning something new and excel in your life.Women on career break need to find out the skills in which they are lacking or the latest technologies they need to be trained on. You can enroll yourselves in several training programs to improvise your skills.

Companies in India are still at nascent stage while hiring returning working professionals in their team. However, there are various companies who are encouraging returning professionals to join back in the race such as

GENPACT – Career 2.0Google – gCareerSapient – SPRINGAmazon India – RekindleAccenture – Career Reboot for WomenAxis Bank – Re-ConnectDr Reddy’s Comeback Careers for WomenEaton – ReLaunch

Internship programs are budding as an extraordinary progressive step for companies and an effective restart path for women on sabbatical. It supports the women to enter into employment again after a career break. These have been demonstrated as an efficient means to support returning professionals to workforce. It helps to enhance more participation by women employees at the workplace.

Still thinking to get back in your professional life? Start searching the best available options for you. Become independent again and complete your dreams.

You may also want to read other blogs written by the same author: ‘Restarting Professional career After a Break’, ‘Can Women be Successful Entrepreneurs?’, ‘Sabbatical – Blessing or a Curse for Women Professionals?’.

About the author: 

Neha TanejaI have done M. Pharmacy from Panjab University, Chandigarh and possess 3 years of industry experience in Quality Assurance domain. Took a career break for some personal reasons and started doing freelance academic and content writing. Though, I faced several challenges during this tenure, I am happy that I have enhanced my writing skills during my career break.


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