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Sangita asked

Hi Sucheta, I am a senior IT professional with more than 25 years of experience in IT service delivery. However in the last few years of my overseas stint, I got a lot of exposure in Corporate sustainability activities and developed a keen interest in the same. After coming back to India, I also completed an academic thesis paper on Green Computing in the context of India. At the moment I intend to change my career stream to Sustainability, E-waste management and Green Computing. However I have not been able to find any opportunity. In fact I have not been able to find a channel through which I can look for an opportunity in this field. Would you be able to guide me in this direction? Thanks in advance, Sangita
04 Aug 2017, 10:57am
Hi Sangita,\nIts fantastic to hear about your expertise and skills. This being a new subject in India, you can be one of the starters.\n1. I suggest you make a decent proposal with Business Value Proposition and you can start a company of your own too. There are many people who may be interested in funding if we make a good value proposition. I can help you and guide you in that. Do let me know.\n2. Float this on LinkedIn - it will be your one stop shop, but be careful to protect your IP and Ideas.\n3. We will have to do a survey on who is working on it and I know Samsung was working on it in Korea\n4. We can approach several companies and ask them to start this as a new department - especially IT, Telecom, Mobile, Hardware companies or any companies you think of who will find relevance in this subject \n5. I know some start ups who are working in some other forms of waste management and may want to start this as a new line of business. I will update you on the same.\nPlease feel free to reach out to me @ 86690 81938\nI hope its helpful.\nThanks\nsucheta
04 Aug 2017, 11:49am View Less
Hi Sangita,\nIts fantastic to hear about your expertise and skills. This being a new subject in Indi

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Arushi asked

hello ma'am,i am a homemaker and looking for some right career guidance. i am a graduate in computer science(2008-12) with no prior work experience as i got married just after my college and after that i was at remote location with my husband.Now we are in delhi and i want to get into it sector but with this huge gap i am unable to get a decent job.what should i do?and besides this i am not very fluent in speaking english.i feel nervous for'am can i get a job,please guide me.
31 Jul 2017, 07:39pm
Hi Arushi,\nLearning english is very very easy. It requires practice, practice and practice. Please set aside daily 1 hour to read news paper, hear news, talk to someone who can help you practice. Its just a matter of time.\nAlso, when you go for interview, just forget that you are going for any interview, just go as if you are going to meet a friend or someone. Be very calm, relax. Dont worry about consequences, worst case what will happen? They will not select you. That;s all. Nothing more than that. That too, they are going to tell you later? So there is really nothing to be afraid of...\n\nTesting can be a good way of starting your career. \nThere are many many start ups in Delhi and one option for you will be to go through acquaintances, referrals etc. Form a good network for yourself. Initially dont worry about the money or salary. Just take up a job and perform best in it.\n\nLook at what are your strengths rather what are your weaknesses. No one takes decisions based on your English speaking skills.\nWhat people look for in an interview is confidence, atittude, learning ability, problem solving skills, thinking, reasoning and so on\n\nFirst decide what area you want to work. That means domain, technology, platform etc \nResearch what areas there are more job requirements\nThen make a detailed plan for companies who are looking for people in this domain.\nFind referrals in this company\nPaytm is hiring a lot in Delhi and they have lot of roles like sales, marketing, business development and so on..\nMake a plan, in an excel sheet - what you need to brush up on, focus on 1 single item based on your research and then target it. Are you open for non technical roles? There are many pink color jobs in Delhi and NCR region\nJoin linkedin communities, FB communities and keep networking and trying\nSheroes and many companies are hiring\nCloud, AI, Machine Learning, Big data, Analytics are upcoming technologies...\nIOT is another big space.\nFirst decide what role, you will be most comfortable with to begin with and then make a plan to achieve it.\nConsistency, perseverance, determination and will is the only thing required.\nAlso, please do think if you can do something of your own? Today there are many organisations who are supporting people to start something of their own. We can be a job creator rather than job finder..\nplease narrow down your options, short list few and get back to me with more detailed questions and we can work on it.\nThanks\n\n
02 Aug 2017, 10:06pm View Less
Hi Arushi,\nLearning english is very very easy. It requires practice, practice and practice. Please

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Divya asked

HI Sucheta , Im at crossroads with family and work. Looking for some guidance . I have 10 years BPO experience , want to develop skills in analytics or cloud . and do a work from home to manage my kid for 2-3 years for now . Currently managing a team of 25 which I love to continue but not sure if I can as there is none to take care of my kid who is 9 months. what should I be doing
24 Jul 2017, 09:42pm
Hi Divya,\n\nIts indeed an important decision you need to make. Lets look at few aspects\n\n1. You have a reach 10 years of experience in the BPO industry and seem to be at a sr managerial level and have already achieved something in your career. 2. You also seem to like your work and njoy it and have further prospects to grow.\n\nSo, I think, next 2 to 3 years are going to be the testing times whatever we do. Whether we develop new skills and take up a new job or role or take up a WFH kind of role. One thing, we should be clear, Not to give up & not to ignore the health and wellness in anyway. \n\nI feel first we can try for following alternatives before we give up on the job and see how your kid can be very well taken care of and you don't feel guilty in anyway while you continue to work. \n\nFollowing are my suggestions, which I have seen many successful women and couples had adopted to improve their work life balance.\n\n\n1. How is your husband's job like? Can his routine be adjusted with your routine so that the child is left for a very short time in creche etc? I knew 1 couple where wife used to work from 8 to 5 and husband used to work from 1/2 pm to 10 pm. That way, the baby had to be taken care of only for 3-4 hrs\n2. Is it possible to call your parents or your husband's parents to stay with you for next 2/3 years or alternately? \n3. Can you have some good reliable nanny who can stay full time with you? May be we can pay her a bit more but she can be really trust worthy?\n4. How much time do you spend in commuting to office? May be for 2/3 years short time, you can change your place and stay very close to office so, you have only 5/10 minutes of commute time and may be, can visit home at least once during lunch etc I know many people who have taken this decision and had really helped them save some 2/3 hrs of their precious time, energy and stress.\n\n5. How supportive is your company in giving some flexibility to moms? Do they support work from home?\n\n6. Do you have a creche in your company?\n\n7. I also feel prioritizing is also very important. Prioritizing career over spending few thousands more for next 2/3 years.\ne.g. On creating an ecosystem & support system around you and in your house is very important, ecosystem of maids, drivers, helpers, nanny and trust worthy servants etc, planning, organizing also helps a lot\n Also channelizing your energies is also very important at this point of time - spending maximum time with kid when you are home rather than doing daily chores, delegating and offloading lot of routine work to maids etc can help\n\nWe don't have to be like a super man doing everything..we should focus, and be very clear in our thinking and approach...\n\nLets look at the other options of taking up another part time job or changing skill sets\n\nGaining new skills will take some time and you will have to spend extra time learning it. If you take a short break and do it during the break time, it will not be a stretch for you. But again you will have to join at little junior level role than what you are currently doing. You may have to start with individual contributor role again - So you should be prepared for it and accept it.\n\nThere are many part time, freelancing kind of roles coming up. \nMay be, you can think of doing a different kind of creative roles - like content creation, blogging, writing, training etc\nLook at your strengths, look at your secondary skills, think how your current experience and expertise can be leveraged , may be to do some consulting kind of work?\n\nOr may be you just take a break and restart fresh after 2/3 years? Market conditions may be different at that time but if you have the will and determination, nothing is impossible!\n\nMost important is, whatever you decide, you should not regret later and look back, You should not feel guilty in anyway or have any feeling of losing on career front etc\nToday, lot of new fields and entreprene
24 Jul 2017, 10:41pm View Less
Hi Divya,\n\nIts indeed an important decision you need to make. Lets look at few aspects\n\n1. You h

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Mohsina asked

Thank you very much Madam....I will definitely follow your instructions. This had been very helpful. This gave me a vision and support to move ahead. Thanks again
18 Jul 2017, 10:48am
Sure, please feel free to contact once you think through and decide. Ok?
24 Jul 2017, 07:17pm View Less
Sure, please feel free to contact once you think through and decide. Ok?

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Mohsina asked

Hello Madam, \nI am 31 year old women with two kids. Since I got married in my final year of Engineering I don't have any work experience. Though I have passed Telecom engineering with first class. Now that my kids are old enough want to work. But I m confused from where to start and from what. What kind of career options do I have. Or should I start with bpo. Please give your valuable suggestions. Thank you
17 Jul 2017, 12:55pm
Hi,\n\nIts great to hear that you have completed one important milestone in your life and now ready for a new stint. \n\nFirst think, I would like to assure you that, there are tons of opportunities and only sky is the limit. At this stage, I would like you to first document or think on the following\n\n1) Why you want to work now - for earning money? or for spending the free time which you are getting now or for making a long term career ?\n2) What are your hobbies and interests? What do you like genuinely to do? The reason I am asking this is, when our work is related to our hobbies, we on board faster, engage faster and enjoy the work.\n\n2a) What are your strengths? Do you like talking? do you like meeting people , arranging events etc? writing, blogging? content writing/creation? web designing so on?\n\n2b) Do you want to work from home or in office or part time?\n\n2c) Do you want to start something of your own? Do you have a great idea? Have you faced a problem or pain which you feel others might have also faced? You can start a small business or service. There are many organisations today who are training people on entrepreneurship.\n\n3) If you want to do a full flegde job in IT/Telecom, here is where you can start \n\na) What kind of role you think you many like to play initially ? e.g. sales/marketing, teaching, coding, business development, programming, project management, customer relationship management so on\nb) Secondly what are the fields/areas and domains which have more demand or requirement today e.g. Analytics, Artificial Intelligence,Machine learning, IOT, Cloud, NFV, SDN etc\n\nc) Today are there many companies who are giving 2nd career opportunities for returning moms - Intel, vodafone, accenture, Axis bank, so on and they also train the new joinees.\n\nd) I would suggest, first you make a list of companies who is giving break to women - sheroes will be able to help you on that front or you can just search companies who are hiring women who were on career break\n\nI would suggest, you just start somewhere..if you get a good opening, just take it..experience will know what you like, what you dont like and then you can always change, switch and decide, in long run what to do..\n\nMost important is to start somewhere..\n\nSo make a plan..make a list of things you need to research, plan it, execute it. Talk to friends in your network, and know whats going around in your city, meet many people and I am sure something will definitely click...\n\nIt totally depends on your efforts, commitment, discipline, will and determination :)\n\nAll the best, let me know if my reply is helpful to you.\n\nThanks
17 Jul 2017, 01:54pm View Less
Hi,\n\nIts great to hear that you have completed one important milestone in your life and now ready

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Venus asked

hi,\ni am an unemployed 45 year old dentist ,i have 12 years of experience in dentistry in india and abroad..however i am unable to find a sutiable job here in india for eight years now..the clinics which have not have good quality materilas or equipments and treating patients in those clinics may actually harm the patients..moreover the salary they offer is not enough to cover food and travel i started studying for mds enbtrance exams..its my third attempt this parents send em money to cover my basic expenses..but as i feed stray dogs in my neighbourhood(i put all the feeding videos on facebook),i don't have enough money for dogs or i need a small job parttime..either online or otherwise..which does not involve a lot of travel..where i can earn about rs.4000 or rs.5000 a month..i cannot do sales and marketing..i have a flat of my own in vasai..mumbai..and computer and internet connection..if someone teaches me coding which can lead to an income ,i would be glad to learn that too..also if it is required,i could also,thta would also help..\n\n\nthanks,\n\ndr.venus john\n\ncell no.09766819278\n\nec69,b4,evershine city,vasai east-401208\n\nmumbai\n\n\n
12 Jul 2017, 03:41pm
Hi Venus. Thanks for your email. Let us look at few important things, which I understand from your email.\n\n1. Your long terms goals - I see you have a rich 12 years of experience in dentistry which is a respectable profession. Please let me know, if you want to continue in this profession in the long run or not. I also see that since you are studying for MDS exam, you want to continue in the field of medicine and build on your dentistry experience. I see a big opportunity for you here. If you know the problems in this field of dentistry, can you solve them? Can you suggest them where the good quality materials and equipments are available? How to procure them? DO you have contact abroad, where you can find out the best medical facilities in dentistry etc? if you do not want to practice, may be you can be a consultant in dentistry? You can start some dentistry services by associating with organisations such as schools, hospitals and I think there are so many options, even to spread awareness etc. I think, if you know the pain areas of doctors, patients or any players in the dentistry eco system, you can work on finding solutions for them and come up with your ideas and start something of your own. Also, can you find which clinics are good? How many of them are good? DO some research on this? Do you like teaching? Have you explored of teaching option is any dentistry colleges?\n2. Your short term goals - I understand that you want to earn money for your day to day living and hence you want to learn coding? Coding can be done for millions of different things. You need to study on what you want to learn. May be web designing? You need to find out who teaches it, what are the course fees, what are immediate income earning opportunities after you learn? Since this is a new field, will you be able to work independently initially from home or will have to go to office etc\nI think, if you just want to learn coding to earn some temporary income, you try to see what secondary profession you can generate out of your dentistry income which will be more effective and useful\n \n3. Your hobbies - I understand that you like to feed dogs and there are lot of associations who work for this cause. You may want to search on internet and associate with them. Even here, you can do lot of innovative things. You can start a dog feeding community in your area and find a mechanism to collect the left over food from many houses, collect it and then feed the dogs and so on. This will help serve the purpose plus save your money\n4. Some temporary source of income - There are many other temporary options and jobs which are available. Such as a blogging, content writing etc. Please do think more on this, identify your strengths, what you are good at, what you like to do and if you dont want to quit dentistry, then what are other professions around dentistry which you can take up.\n\nI hope this is useful. Please do think about this in details and let me know what you think about my inputs/suggestions.
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Hi Venus. Thanks for your email. Let us look at few important things, which I understand from your e

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