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Dr. Gayathri Vasudevan

Dr. Gayathri Vasudevan, Co-Founder & CEO, LabourNet Services India Pvt. Ltd.

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MOMPRENEURSHIP - Alternate Career Options Post Pregnancy

Here are some ways women can get back to work post pregnancy.

Women comprise of almost half (48.5%) of the population of India, however, only 28% form the total labour force of the country. The World Bank said that India had one of the lowest female participation in the workforce and rank 120th among 131 countries. 

Experts and economists have mulled over the reason for India’s unemployed women and many theories have surfaced. Higher education was sited a reason and even prosperous families where women no longer feel the need to work. Yet others point out that the main reason for this is either marriage, pregnancy or children. However, census 2011 showed there were nearly 58 million women in the working-age population in India who said that they were seeking work. It is a good thing then that there are multiple alternate career options for women today. This is especially vital since out of the total working women, half take a break post pregnancy and most never get back to mainstream career. 

Though getting back to work after having a child is a tough choice, we can see a rise in women opting to do this in their own manner. Here are some ways women can get back to work post pregnancy.

Entrepreneurship

It is interesting to note that only 13.4% of Indian working women have a regular salaried job. So what are women doing? Entrepreneurship or ‘Mompreneurs’ as they are being called now, are transforming the start-up scenario today. They essentially use their pregnancy and maternity leave to sharpen their big ideas and transform them into reality. This also allows them flexible positions especially in terms of deadlines, travel and long working hours. A lot of the work can be done from home itself, depending on the venture that they have decided to launch. Holidays and working hours can be clearly defined as per convenience. 

Franchise Business

Working women who take a sabbatical post pregnancy also choose micro – entrepreneurship by opting for franchisee business. If you want to be a stay-at-home mom, there are multiple home based franchises as well. Since a franchise means replication of a business model, the first hurdle is already crossed. Once you pay for the franchise, you’re given a detailed training manual and tools on how to replicate the exact business. Franchises like crèches, play schools, beauty parlours, spas etc. are some of the most popular choices for new moms. Educated mothers who find it hard to get back into the hectic work schedule like before opt for these slow paced yet well earning businesses. Many franchises have well known established brand names too, so one will spend less money on marketing of the business.

Education

Several jobs in the education field offer women flexible schedules and therefore are good alternate career choices. The holidays and summer breaks in the education sector is the maximum. Even if one is unwilling to be in mainstream teaching, other roles like curriculum planning and evaluation of standards for school systems can be explored. 

Online tutoring and learning is also on the rise today. Educated and talented mothers no longer have a dearth of offers. Such classes can be taught in flexible hours and they are also high paying ones.   

Commission based jobs

Commission based jobs work well for both the new moms as well as the employers. Since they pay only post sale/service, it is a win-win situation for all. Most people who are in a commission-based job will earn a small base salary, but the additional compensation that comes from generating sales is what accounts for a significant chunk of their final take home. Depending on the available time, one can look at options like becoming a Real Estate agent, Insurance agent etc. in order to gain such flexibility. 

As much as these offbeat professions look very lucrative, they involve lots of hard work and fortitude. Working from home is not an easy task, however, with the availability of time flexibility, one can tend to one’s work and handle one’s family with equal ease. This can be of assistance to over 60% women who do not get back to work post pregnancy. With the multiple options that are available today, without much worry, women can take the lead into their favourite arena and make their impression. 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house


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