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From baby break to workplace, this forum will help you cope

mumbai Updated: May 29, 2011 01:45 IST
Zahra Gabuji

Rajshree Mitra, 37, gave up her career as a management consultant to be a hands-on mom to her two children eight years ago. Now, that her children have grown up, the Delhi resident decided to get back to work.

“I was apprehensive about getting back to work. I was not sure if my skills would be redundant or if the working format would suit my new schedule,” said Mitra.

Mitra’s apprehensions are common to several professional women today who have to take baby breaks but do not want to give up working entirely.

Mitra then joined Fleximoms, a forum that helps working mothers get back to work and still manage the demands of motherhood.

Fleximoms was founded a year ago in Delhi and is now coming to Mumbai. Its first session is on Sunday.

The forum not only helps mothers but also works with companies to explain the concept of flexible timings for mothers to them.

About 150 companies in the country post their job requirements on their website.

“Attending the Fleximoms workshops gave me the clarity and confidence to pursue my passion. I wanted to do something with children and with the help of the jobs column on their website, I could approach firms that would give me flexible work hours and formats,” added Mitra.

Anita Vasudeva, co-founder of Fleximoms, said, “Fleximoms was founded in response to the huge need for female professionals to go back to the workplace after taking a break, usually when they have kids, or to change their work formats within their profession to include their care-giving roles.”

After 100 women with different career choices and requirements registered in Delhi. Women can network and discuss specific issues such as changing workplaces, challenges they experience while breaking into the workplace for the second time and changing work formats and skills.

Fleximoms also offers a second chance programme, which is designed for women who want to make a comeback to the workplace while keeping their other commitments.

It is a seven-step intensive programme that helps women sort out questions such as what do I do next? Where do I fit in? And what are the current changes in the workplace?

Companies, too, find the concept useful.

“I needed a freelance translator for a project a month ago. I posted the requirement on the Fleximoms website and received almost eight resumes. It is a good medium to interact with untapped talent. Many companies are realising the importance of this,” said Karan Sethi, director of Locus City Cards in Mumbai.

More than 2,000 women aged between 28 to 55 years are part of the Fleximoms community in India.

Currently, 25 women have registered for the meet in Mumbai and the session is open to walk-ins.