From en­trepreneur­ship to a cor­po­rate job

Mother & Baby - - BABY & TODDLER -

Multi-faceted PRIYANKA GANJAWALLA took an al­most anti-cycli­cal route af­ter hav­ing Ayansh (age 4.5 years) and Aria (age 1.5 years). While we gen­er­ally see women leav­ing their jobs and ven­tur­ing into en­trepreneur­ship or re­mote work­ing to have more time at home, Priyanka re­veals that “I started find­ing more ex­cuses to stay at home with my ba­bies, ig­nor­ing my thriv­ing pro­fes­sion of be­ing a soft-skills trainer and im­age con­sul­tant. I had al­ways been a very on-the-go per­son, but some­how com­pla­cency set in as I be­gan en­joy­ing my moth­er­hood.” Her hus­band shook Priyanka out of her reverie and made her re­alise that even­tu­ally, the chil­dren are go­ing to grow up and she needed to get on with her life as an in­di­vid­ual too. “I could have eas­ily re­turned to be­ing a trainer/con­sul­tant, but by then, I had re­alised that I re­quired a bam­boo on my head to keep me go­ing!” laughs Priyanka, as she adds, “That’s when I took the de­ci­sion to take up a proper job. Things worked out with a past ac­quain­tance step­ping up to of­fer me a job, and thus, I changed tracks com­pletely to be­come a trader of iron ore with a com­pany based out of Sin­ga­pore. My job re­quires me to travel abroad for 10-12 days ev­ery month, and I cry my­self to sleep ev­ery day that I’m away from my kids. But, I’m blessed to have a very strong sup­port sys­tem in my hus­band, in­laws and par­ents. My son is a boon. He goads me on when he re­alises I’m fal­ter­ing while leav­ing them ev­ery month.” Speak­ing from her ex­pe­ri­ence, Priyanka says, “Women should re­alise that they need to be happy, in or­der to cre­ate a happy home. So, as­cer­tain what you want to do and rally up sup­port. Be un­apolo­getic about treat­ing your­self as an in­di­vid­ual be­yond the roles of a mother and wife. It ac­tu­ally helps cre­ate a healthy re­la­tion­ship with ev­ery­one at home if you are happy. An­a­lyse your pros and cons, lever­age the ex­pe­ri­ence and hard work you have put in be­fore the ba­bies came along, and be very con­fi­dent in de­mand­ing the kind of work and pay that you de­serve.”

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