I want to bounce back af­ter a ca­reer gap

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - INSIGHT - Arunav Ban­er­jee

I am an MBA in fi­nance. I worked for three years, af­ter which I got mar­ried and did not work for two years. I would like to work again. I am think­ing of do­ing some cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cour­ses in fi­nance. Please sug­gest a few cour­ses which I can pur­sue in Delhi.

— Monu

I think that you are on the right track. You need a cou­ple of re­fresher cour­ses to get you back on the ca­reer track. The kind of course you do will de­pend on your in­ter­est. You need to se­lect the do­main you want to work in. For ex­am­ple, would you like to work on tax­a­tion or pay­roll? Or should it be in fi­nan­cial sys­tems (for ex­am­ple the FI and CO mod­ules of SAP)? Would you like to re­fresh your knowl­edge in ac­count­ing or look at in­vest­ments as an op­tion? Re­mem­ber that this course serves two pur­poses. One, it psy­cho­log­i­cally bridges the gap caused by your two-year break, and sec­ond, it al­lows you to con­vince prospec­tive em­ploy­ers that you are se­ri­ous about your in­ten­tions. Oth­er­wise, you need to rely on your pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence to mainly ap­ply for jobs. The au­thor has more than 30 years of var­ied ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing as head of the HR con­sult­ing prac­tice at Arthur An­der­sen, Price­wa­ter­house­coop­ers and Ernst & Young. Write to him at men­[email protected]

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