How an internship ended my struggle to restart my career

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About the Author: Nitasha Bhattacharjee is a homemaker who quit her job after her son was born. She talks about her struggle to get back to work and how a virtual internship proved to be the stepping stone in resuming her career. 

Nitasha means new dreams every day, and much like my name, I have dreams and aspirations to make it big in life. After graduating in 2004, I got a campus placement at Eli Lilly as a territory manager. Soon after the initial orientation, I realised that I wanted to pursue a career in brand management, so I went on to do an MBA and joined Roche Scientific as a management trainee. Shortly after that, I got married and 4 years down the line, I was blessed with a baby boy. I thought of continuing with my job at first, but I didn’t want to miss my son’s first words and first steps, so I decided to quit work. However, somewhere in my subconscious mind, I was trying to find a way to follow my aspirations. Fast forward 3 years, my son started going to kindergarten but it didn’t give me enough time to take up a full-time job.

My husband and my parents knew how badly I wanted to get back to work, so they helped me set up a business, hoping that I could hire some people and would only need to supervise them a little bit. As it turned out, it consumed much more time and needed undivided attention due to which I could not look after my son. We shut down the business after 3 years, but I didn’t give up. My will found a way soon when I received a WhatsApp message about the internships for women offered by Internshala. The internships came with a work-from-home option which seemed like an easy way of restarting my career. 

I visited the website and applied to a content writing internship at Advisors, a healthcare organisation. The selection procedure involved two telephonic interviews which revolved around my previous work experience and how I was planning to manage the work with my household responsibilities. I was ecstatic when they informed me about my selection. My internship entailed studying, analyzing, and summarizing a research paper based on the impact of big data on the healthcare industry. They sent me 4 essays on the same, and I was to submit the report after 5 days, which meant writing 1 article every day along with the daily responsibilities of grocery shopping, cooking, sending my kid to school, taking him for his basketball and skating classes, and helping him with his studies. It seemed like a difficult task at first but gradually, I settled in and started enjoying the work. My employer was quite understanding and helped me manage time whenever there was a delay in submitting assignments.   

Halfway through the internship, they offered me a job as a project coordinator at one of their sister organizations. Since my son had school, I could only manage to work as a part-time employee, i.e. from 9.30 to 2.30 on weekdays, and for the whole day on Saturdays. Thank you, Internshala, for providing these opportunities to women who had to quit their jobs due to familial responsibilities. 

Inspired by Nitasha’s journey? Do you also wish to re(start) your career? Apply to these internships for women for a transition from a homemaker to a professional. 

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4 thoughts on “How an internship ended my struggle to restart my career

  • August 8, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    I am a dental surgeon and stay at home mom. I have applied 7 to 8 work from home internships for content writing and some of them were related to dentistry as well but never got selected for any.

    I am not understanding what is their criteria for hiring ?? Interestingly these same companies keep on posting interships every month ,made us write articles for a selection procedure and then reject our profile.

    How can a dentist be wrong with writing root canal treatment article?

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    • August 9, 2018 at 11:19 AM

      Hi Rashi,

      Sorry to hear that!
      I’d like to tell you that an application is screened by the employers and they have their own parameters while selecting a candidate. We have no clear idea on what basis your application was rejected.

      However, it is suggested that you improve on your applications as the answer to the question, ‘Why should you be hired for the internship?’ plays a key role in getting hired.

      Thanks~ Unnatti

      Reply
  • September 17, 2018 at 9:02 PM

    I am a homemaker, Masters in zoology and mother of two daughters. I am passionate about writing article on versatile issues, got published my articles in my college/ carrier magazines and news paper based on social and civic issues. After a long break i again wanted to continue my passion, i did creative writing course from Symbiosis Pune by distance learning at the age of 49, i have applied for numerous internships offered by Internshala site, but no one responds properly, all are not lucky like you vandana

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    • September 18, 2018 at 4:04 PM

      Hi Vandana,

      Glad to hear that you wish to restart your career. Could you please drop an email to woman@internshala.com so that we can help you with some tips and tricks to improve the quality of your applications?

      Thanks~ Unnatti

      Reply

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