1. How did you manage to relaunch your career and what helped you
In 2021, I was at the peak of my career when
I decided to take a break to prioritise one of my biggest life moments
of becoming a mother. During my break as I embraced motherhood and my
newborn, I also decided to use this time to stay in touch with the
latest in the field of HR and upskilled myself to be prepared for when
I decide to get back to my professional career.
When I applied for the role at Novo Nordisk, I was a bit surprised
that they were not interested in knowing about the whys and whats of
my career break. After I joined, I experienced an extremely supportive
and inclusive workplace culture that allowed me to transition into
professional life with excitement and ambition.
2. Do you experience equality and equity at Novo Nordisk?
Being a parent is extremely demanding and equally rewarding. Being
a working parent at Novo Nordisk with the right support, flexibility
and benefits has allowed me to bring my whole self to work. My
experience and expertise are valued. As an HR Projects partner, I get
to work with some amazing people, manage exciting projects, and see
myself adding value to the team.
3. What would you recommend to aspiring women professionals coming
back from a career break?
Here are three tips that I believe in and follow.
1. Give yourself flexibility and be
kind to yourself during this time of flexibility and change.
2. Keep your learning path open and
take time to stay updated in your area of expertise during your break.
Don’t get disheartened with failures and disappointments.
3. Lean into your network for support
at home or professionally. It is important to feel encouraged and
supported during your transition.