Be­fore a Baby Can Be the Best Time to Take a New Job

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CAREER -

“In 2009, we were re­cruit­ing Priti Choksi to join Face­book’s busi­ness de­vel­op­ment team. Af­ter we ex­tended an of­fer, she came in to ask some fol­low-up ques­tions about the role. She did not men­tion hours, but she was the typ­i­cal age when women have chil­dren. So I went for it: ‘If you think you might not take this job be­cause you want to have a child soon, I’m happy to talk about this’. I ex­plained that al­though it was counter-in­tu­itive, right be­fore hav­ing a child can ac­tu­ally be a great time to take a new job. If she found a role chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing, she’d be more ex­cited to re­turn to it af­ter giv­ing birth. If she stayed put, she might de­cide that her job was not worth the sac­ri­fice. Priti ac­cepted our of­fer. By the time she started with Face­book, she was al­ready ex­pect­ing. Eight months later, she had her baby, took four months off and came back to a job she loved. She later told me that if I had not brought the topic up, she would have turned us down.”

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