Forging her path
Returning to my career from a break looked daunting at first. There was a self-doubt whether four years had impacted my professional capabilities. However, during the interview with thyssenkrupp, I did not face any bias. On the contrary, in the last three years with the organisation, I have been given challenging opportunities. In fact, within a month of joining as a process engineer, I was entrusted with the responsibility to lead a project. Within this few years in thyssenkrupp, I’m confident to take up more and more challenging opportunities.
One of my strongest motivators to be with thyssenkrupp is its culture. There are colleagues who have been a part of this organization for over decades. This speaks volumes of its strong culture that is focused towards its employees.
I grew up watching my mother balance her work as well as all her responsibilities at home single handedly. She made me realize how important it was to have a good support system like an extended family, presence of good neighbor’s, supportive colleagues. People and relations are important in life. Good work along with good people around help maintain the balance.
My husband and I love to travel. We maintain a bucket-list ticking off places we want to visit and make it a point that we do. Travel enriches me. I look at travel as a means to rejuvenate by allowing the inter-cultural experiences to seep through me. I enjoy watching movies too. Stories engage and entertain. They bring out the perspectives of different people through their characters, possibilities of how a truth can be perceived. It’s important for me to have this time for myself and with my family.
With a demanding career, I have made my peace with the fact that I cannot be everywhere. I try to outsource house hold errands as much as possible to get more quality time with my family. On weekends, I consciously keep my phone away, cut-off from the chores and spend my time with my family. This also is how I unwind, relax and brace myself for the week ahead.
We equally share the work at home. That is also how we want our daughter to grow. In fact, men have a larger role to promote this. It does not come only with giving equal importance to a woman’s career ambitions but also by contributing to mundane chores and childcare without differentiating any task to be specific to woman. Even in organizations, realizing that diversity in workforce will help in better results as women can bring in different perspectives to various task implementations. This world exists and we need to inch towards it, now, more than ever.