"When I first started trying to find work, I was ridiculed for my spoken English and personality many times. On many occasions, prospective employers would tell me to my face that I was way too simple in my appearance and lacking in communication skills. They would suggest that I not work unless it was absolutely necessary.
These rejections did not surprise me. Women generally did not work outside their homes in my town. In fact, it was a challenge to convince my husband about me stepping out to work. I had no option, though. The company where my husband used to work had shut down and his business did not take off either. We moved to Delhi. I wanted my kids to be able to get quality education. With hardly any money, it was difficult to make ends meet. I had to do something about it and I decided to work.
I would shortlist jobs in newspapers and sometimes walk more than 10 km for interviews. After months of struggle, I got my first job. I realised that recognition for my professional aptitude motivated me. I pursued a PG/Diploma to add value to my profile. In college, my new set of friends helped me brush up my verbal and non-verbal skills.
Today I am an AVP in a multinational company. I also counsel other women colleagues, solve their grievances and help them overcome the hurdles they face in their personal or professional lives. I am happy that I kept going despite many hardships because now, I have a story to share with my grandchildren.”