| February 17th, 2006

* introducing adhunika career:

“So, what are you going to do after graduation”  Perhaps you heard this question thousands of times already! from your parents, teachers, your friends, cousins, neighbors, etc. Now, anytime you even think this question might arise, you avoid the conversation or try to change the topic. Because the answer is, “I don’t know!”  You know you do not want to go for higher education at this time; you want to start your career instead.  But you are not so sure about the right path for your career! You are not sure whether you want to apply for jobs that are directly related to your field/degree, or apply for what sounds interesting to you! You are scared to go to interviews because you think you will never be able to win one! You are not happy with your resume but do not want to talk about it to friends or family!

You are not the only one! We all go through this ˜how to start my career phase!” Of course it is tough, but we sure can approach this stage working together!  Here at Adhunika-Career, we will discuss about different aspects of our career. Whether you are about to start your career, or you are tired of unsuccessful interviews, or you already have a job but are unhappy, or you do not like your boss, or you are having hard time balancing your work and life, we can discuss it all here, share our experiences and try to find a solution for you!

In today’s society, ‘working mother’ is a well established term regardless of its existence in the traditional dictionary or not.  Women are not only taking care of their families and children these days but they are also having professional careers at the same time.  You might be a VP of Marketing or an architect or a physician or a nurse practitioner for your profession and are really busy all day long. Then at the end of day you come home to start your other job as a mom and a wife at the same time. You had to take care of your clients at work, made some negotiations, ran meetings and gave presentations during the day. But now that you are at home (after you picked kids from the day-care), you also need to make dinner for all, change baby’s diaper, clean the kitchen, start the dishwasher, wash and fold laundry clothes, help children with homework, put them into sleep and then prepare lunch for all for the next day!  And then, don’t forget to take care of your love life, you are a wife “ a loving wife as well!!  Oops! You didn’t really get to spend any time for yourself to relax!! You had borrowed a book from the public library that you already renewed for the final term but never got to pass the first chapter!  It is just not so easy to maintain a good balance between work and home.  We all have good days and bad days but over all we try to make the best use of our times. Sometimes we win and of course sometimes we fail to win.  Just need to be careful that there is a balance of failure and winning as well. We cannot afford to choose only one at the cost of the other. Therefore, we anticipate some good discussions here on this work-life balancing.

Over the time, we will post article(s) on various topics as how and where to search for jobs, how to prepare for tough interview questions, following up after interviews, networking, email etiquette, coping with your new job and office, child care options, working mother’s helper, etc.  However, our discussions will actually be led by our readers. We will try to answer your questions and stress on what you would like us to talk about. We hope women who have managed to make hard choices in their career, homes and lives will participate here to share their experiences and challenges!

Occasionally, we will invite experts who have insights into the various topics raised by our readers in this forum to contribute their ideas.  If you would like to participate as a contributor or author, please leave a comment here, or email me at ishretshimu@adhunika.org.

 

10 Responses to “* introducing adhunika career:”

  1. Asif Saleh says:

    Great folks. Often times language is a barrier for a lot of people. Over time, I hope Adhunika explores the Bangla blog (http://www.somewhereinblog.net)

  2. Afrin A says:

    How long do you think one should stay in his/her first job? Some of my coworkers have held their positions for years. Are they not ambitious enough and too comfortable in their job?
    Some others left the job months after being hired. My other coworkers think they are job-hoppers.
    This is my first job after school and I am trying to learn the pattern, how it should be, what looks good on the resume and so on?
    Comments?

  3. Sharmin says:

    Hi Afrin,
    This is a good question. I would say if you feel you are in the right place, you like your job and compensation the working environment and you are learning new skills then why do you want to leave that place?

    On the other hand if you want to switch (becuase you don’t like one or more of the factors I mentioned above), I would advice you to complete at least one moderately sized project. That way when you go for the next job interview, you would be able to tell them about your recent project experience.

    I have been with my current company (Microsoft) for five years, and the company before that I stayed only three months. Even in that three months I was able to complete one reasonable sized assignment (had to work some late nights though). I don’t consider myself as job hopper because I had to go for what I wanted and since the timing was that way I had to start with that company first.

    In last five years I have been in different product teams and with different projects and took up new challenges, so It is not that I am making myself too comfortable here:).

    Hope this answers your question.
    -Sharmin

  4. Rumi says:

    Good effort by Adhunika. The first uphill battle, I suspect, would be to get the word out. A link in Drishtipat prompted me here, but this site needs more publicity.

    A significant portion of women from Bangladesh are from healthcare background or can benefit from getting training as a healthcare professional or worker.

    First,

    A lot of medical graduates come to USA only to fall under tremendous pressure from husband to soon start making money.

    There could be some career planing resources for these group.

    Secondly,

    Nursing, nurses aid, physical therapy, occupational therapy are quite demanding career now a days. Study in these fields are not that difficult. There is so much shortage of nurses that for nursing job there is special profession specific expedited Visa and green card process. On the otherhand certified nurses aid job needs only 6 month to a year of education.

    You could do a thorough research and dedicate a portion of your page for these professions.

  5. Nabeel says:

    How about exploring the difference between a career and a vocation. Most of us run after careers, and hardly anyone thinks of a vocation…

  6. Sadia says:

    Hi all,
    Its nice to see an online blog on Bangladeshi women. I guess this creates a common platform for Bangladeshi women from all over the globe to participate and share their experiences with each other.

    I was wondering what kind of wqork place is best situated for women of eastern origin, such as ours, in Western counties. I’m asking this question because I see more and more women interested in only medical and nursing fields in the U.S.

    In Bangladesh the workplace scenario is gradually chaging. Its amazing as well as encouraging to see more and more women entering journalism,engineering, foriegn serivice and other challenging professions.

    However in the global scene racial differences may act as barrier for women, to cetrain professions such as law or marketing…Maybe someone else would like to provide his/her thought(s) on this issue ?

    Reg/
    Sadia

  7. Ishret says:

    Hi Sadia,

    Thanks for your comments. I guess there isn’t really one specific career that fits best for all women. It all depends on the woman’s personality, interests and talents. It is true that there is a high population of Bangladeshi women in the medical educations and practices. However, it is also true that a good number of Bangladeshi women are working in United States in the IT area (as programmers, developers, software engineers, business analysts, etc.), in financial institutions (from entry level teller positions to financial analysts and managers), in educations (as teachers), as well as pharmacy and others. It is true that the number working in the sales & marketing is comparatively low. I believe the barrier in this area is more personal than anything else. By nature we, Bangladeshi women are a bit shy and do not feel comfortable speaking in front of groups of people (specially in a different culture/country and in English) which is important in this field. Language is of course one factor but it is more of a barrier in our mind than it actually is. Competition is pretty high in this area though. More American women go for marketing and general business than IT or research. 

     

    Medical educations, nursing and research are fields where always there is need for more. Therefore, demand is these areas will always be high. However, the scope for getting residency for foreign physicians is a little bit harder these days. On the other hand, job market in the IT area was really good prior to Yr 2000 and a lot of men and women entered in the job market during that time as it was easier to get residency in this area at that time. Now it is pretty much the same in all areas. Overall job market is getting better than last couple years.

    Racial difference is not really a huge factor. In most cases, you prove yourself, you get it. Along with proper education, some experiences (depending on the job) and a good resume, you need to present yourself well during the interview. I am in the Planning & Analysis department under Sales & Marketing and I had to compete with 35 other candidates to get this job of Senior Analyst position 5 years ago.  I guess I was the only non-American candidate but I got the job indeed! 

    Hope this helps! We intend to publish some articles on resume building, interviewing tips, etc. in near future that will help us prepare better for the job market.

    -Ishret

  8. Oneza says:

    Race is not a factor when there is not much need for public relations, or if you are in a multi-national company where diversity is inevitable, perhaps in the software industry.
    But when you have to deal with general public on a day to day basis, race sometime does matter.
    What matters the most is being a woman. I work for a local government and we deal with general public quite a bit. General public still are used to seeing women as a secretary, but not as a decision maker or professional.

    In general, women like us with a different cultural background have to be twice as smart as their counterparts to prove themselves. But trust me, it is really doable! You just have to belive in yourself!

  9. tamanna says:

    hi,
    everyone, i read this blog. this is realy very helpfull. i think it will help all women who are realy face this type of problem.thanks to all.

  10. Nafisa Khan says:

    On careers-I learnt 3DAnimation in Pentasoft & started working in Dhaka as I was doing my A levels. I worked for more than 4years in the Animation Industry & My last job was in a Finn Bangla JV.This company closed more than a year ago& since than I have not found anybody who can use my skills as this is an advanced line, yet in Bangladesh. Incidentally a US computer training site says that at my level I can earn a min of $500/day
    So I tried to go out, I could not get visas as I was not a Graduate. Also the Financial conditions for visa requirements for studying abroad is so difficult that I could not make it to Rochester Univ ,though admission was processed. I needed only a guarantee, so being a Bangladeshi & a girl is a tough proposition. So much, so fro all the free advice & about the loud talk of supporting the Bangladeshi women,seen in many sites & newspapers.
    Perhaps the Zakat u give could be turned into a loan fund where we could dip into, take loans, to pursue education. Pls do not be like the foreigner who wants to keep us as beggars to whom they can give alms,& not help us to stand up on our own feet.Pls Be like the Indians who are responsible for the growth back home in India ,today.Sorry if I hurt any feelings
    But I am so unhappy as I see admission possibilities fade away in good US universities as I cannot meet the Financial conditions, what with Tk70 to a dollar, I can’t make it.
    Help to us in Bangladesh, given properly would help us maintain our dignity as also help us & Bangladesh to grow up
    It is also necessary for the expatriate Bangladeshis abroad to help this country grow as it is your only shelter.
    It is not so long ago when I saw my father’s uncle coming home from Burma their adapted home, with his Burmese wife as they were forced to go away from Burma, leaving everything behind. This happens quite often ,to migrants& now can happen to the Bangladeshis in UK & EU countries as EU implements their foreign employment rules.

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