Age Is Not A Barrier For This Housewife Turned Freelancer of 41
I’m ecstatic as for the first time, I’ve been given an opportunity to share my story. After years of dormancy, I’ve now re-discovered myself as a working professional.
And it’s a pleasure to tell you about my professional journey, which started in my 40s!
I’m a quiet and self-effacing housewife. I married when I was quite young and it was a love-marriage. My husband had a joint family and so we all lived together. My primary responsibility was to keep all my family members happy as per their expectations. Having any personal goals was out of the question, but it was not the same before.
Prior to getting married, I was an ambitious girl who wanted to build a career in academics. My father was a high school teacher which inspired me to have a similar career. I used to spend most of my time in reading or writing and dreamt of having a successful career ahead.
I believe that the really meaningful things in our life are those which we want to do over and over with the same enthusiasm. For me, it was studying! So I decided to pursue my education, even after getting married, and became a postgraduate in English literature. I must say that my in-laws supported me a lot and my husband always stood by my side. He encouraged me to perform well and actively participated in my education-related decisions.
However, when I expressed my interest in going out to work, the reactions were not the same. Everyone in the family was convinced that since there was no financial support required, it made no sense for me to work.
Once I became a mother, I gave up on the idea of working too. My days were spent in taking care of my child, his studies and in rest of the household chores.
Meanwhile, I developed a sound interest in writing. In my leisure time, I started writing in my diary religiously - everything from random thoughts to different experiences. This way 18 years went by!
I had aspired to do something great in my career, but in reality, I wasn’t doing anything even close to what I had dreamt of.
Something unexpected happened after a long time. In the wake of social media, I became quite active on Facebook. I started commenting on others’ posts, wrote my own posts and engaged with others. One day, I got a message from a friend. He asked me if I loved writing to which I replied in the affirmative. I wasn’t expecting what he said next, he asked me why I was wasting my writing skills on Facebook!
In the ensuing conversation, he offered me to write for his healthcare website. I quickly grabbed the opportunity. While working with him, I learnt how to write in a simple and conversational way to reach the target audience. He mentored me well and told me about plagiarism and various tools like Grammarly, Hemingway test, etc. which further helped in honing my skills. One of my articles “Estrogen-rich foods” was then published on the website and it received a good response. Now that was quite unbelievable for me! I was glad and could feel my confidence rising. It was while working with him that I got to know about Internshala. Thus, I decided to test and develop my writing skills through internships.
I installed Internshala app on my cell phone and applied to some work-from-home internships in the field of content writing. I was shortlisted by an organization and was asked to complete a writing assignment. I had to compose brief biographies of two media legends from a given list of nine. I submitted it as soon as possible and was hired for the internship. My happiness knew no bounds! My family was also very excited about this news, especially my son, who was in the second year of graduation at the time. He encouraged me a lot and still continues to do so.
During the internship, I continued to write about media legends.
To be honest though, it felt great seeing myself advance on the path of professionalism. Keeping a balance between work and family was challenging in the beginning. Either I was missing the deadlines or I was compromising on the needs of my family members. I kept going on and soon learnt to create a balance.
The internship was an amazing experience. The team at the organisation that hired me, was very cordial and helped me a lot. They gave me multiple chances to rectify my mistakes and never let my morale go down. My writing skills gradually improved and I got to know a lot about the nationally and internationally acclaimed media personalities. Finally, the team published almost all of my write-ups along with the assignment that I had submitted initially. I proudly shared all of them with my friends and family members and received appreciation from all of them.
After that internship, it became a ritual for me to apply for internships through Internshala. Currently, I’m simultaneously pursuing three virtual internships at FexyFashions, BuyersGoHappy.com and RippedUpNutrition - all of which have been secured via Internshala. It feels great as now I have a plethora of opportunities to choose from! I’ve built my writing skills and have valuable internship certificates to prove that. I’m confident that I can successfully pursue a career as a writer.
Now, I’m known as Ahuti Mishra – the freelance writer. Yes, this is what I had always dreamt of - to have an identity of my own. Now that I’ve gained that identity and found a new meaning in my life, I look forward to going a long way and learning many more things.
To all the women, especially housewives, I would just like to say,
Don’t look at your age as a barrier. You are never too old to follow your dreams and start a career.
How, you ask? In this digital era, there are ample of work-from-home opportunities, just get started with any one of them. Opt for internships - they will help you gain relevant work-experience for starting your career. Even if one woman gets encouraged to start or re-start her career after reading my story, the purpose of sharing my journey will be fulfilled.
Ahuti Mishra is a homemaker who started her career with an internship after she crossed the age of 40. She shares insightful details about her transformation from a housewife to a successful freelance writer.
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J*****I just loved your story, Ahuti ! Wish you many more success in your life ! Keep the fire on !
A*****Hi ,I am architect have worked for 12 year in Building and construction industry,I would like to be content writer for Architectural project,Can I get job as content writer and which is the site.
N*****Hi Ahuti, congratulations on achieving your dream. Kudos to you for not letting age or society confine your dreams. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I am in my early 40s. Have been freelancing as a writer, on and off, for over a decade now. It's always a challenge to balance your responsibilities towards your family and your professional life. It's been a constant struggle for me. Usually the guilt of falling short in either or both of these responsibilities keeps us from achieving our dreams. I think it's time we put aside that guilt and just go for it. Everything else will sort itself out. Thanks for an inspiring post. Best wishes ☺️
N*****Hi mam....my story is alot similar to yours, the only difference is that i m 28 and my daughter is of 2 years. I have lot of interest in writing and want to do something for my career. I had to quit my job as i have to take care of my daughter. Please guide me and be my mentor.Thanks
S*****Very inspiring. I am also on a career break. My daughter is 8 months now but I hardly get anytime for myself. I too was a spoken English and a personality devlopment trainer. Now I feel of doing something on my own but unable to get the right path and guidance. Let's hope for the best.. n thanx for sharing your motivational story.
B*****A great motivational n very inspiring story ...ahuti ji,am a 33yr old n mother of 2 kids ,with 4yrs of exp in banking n with 9yrs of career break..am also struggling a lot n in fact sometimes gets very depressed as how to restart my career again.such stories instill a great confidence for women like us....thanx for sharing...
J*****Inspiring story..really you did a tremendous job. Sometimes I think it is tough to come back in career for me but when I read such storys it gives lots of courage. Congrats
A*****Amazing.. really encouraging for ppl like us who gets demotivated easily..inspired by Ur story
R*****like your story says age is just a number very true. very heartening inspiring story. i have worked as a teacher for more than 17 years . This year i took a break. But after six months i thought i have done a great mistake. Now I have to start afresh i need a uplifting. after reading your story have decided Yes I will do. Thanks for encouraging me again.
D*****Age is just a number! Inspiring story
V*****U are a true hero n inspiration for all over here as u never quit to your passion.. Hats off to courage u sustained otherwise people let go things..
S*****Very encouraging story. My story is very much same like yours.I am a graphic designer by profession and 44 yrs old.
S*****Really inspiring, currently I am working, still thinking of change due to kids studies. This boosted my confidence.