I have always believed that age is only a number. I kept telling myself that, even when my planned career break of 2 years turned to 5 and then finally 14 years. I was working as an HR Manager until 2007 when we had to move to Shanghai for my husband's job. I thought I could restart in 2010, but I was hit with an unfortunate health situation. By the time I recovered, more time passed. We had moved back to New Jersey- a new state with no support system. I decided to put everything behind and concentrate on my daughter. We will figure out things later. But by the time she got more independent, I started thinking -What is next for me?
I was fortunate to get a Human Resources consultant(contract) role in a start-up through a referral from my network. I quickly realised that I need more hand holding and this role might not be the best suited for me at the moment. Soon, thanks to a staffing agency referral, I was offered a HR coordinator role at the Saks store. I assisted Human Resource Business Partner’s to log contact tracing on excel sheets of store employees on Covid exposure during that critical time. These experiences set the ball rolling for me that culminated in getting my dream offer at GroupM, a media investment company based in NYC.
A five year long journey from constant rejections to short term consulting gigs, finally opened the door for me to restart my career in Corporate America in a full time capacity!