Women should approach their careers strategically and make that break strategic too
The word “career break" is among the most ominous ones I have ever heard. The year was 1995 and I sat in front of an interviewer at a telecom startup, after a three-year break. I was shocked and disturbed when he suddenly dialled the recruitment consultant who had sent me and blasted her. “Why did you not tell me that this candidate has taken a huge career break?" he asked. He was expecting a regular, career-primary person—not a maverick mommy who had stepped off the career track and now wanted it back. And so, my interview consisted almost entirely of him focusing on the break and of me responding defensively as to why despite the break I was fully equipped to manage the role. At the end, he did give me the job, but with a huge pay cut to demonstrate that the break was not forgiven. Suffice to say that the words “career break" gave me PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) for a few years after that.
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