Can women have it all?
There really is nothing like being a mother. It is an indescribable feeling of pure love that only exists between a mother and her child. Yet motherhood isn’t always easy, we all have our struggles. I was on the top of the world when I became a mother. But soon realized women can’t have it all.
In my early career spanning 7 years, I worked with multiple organizations as a Mainframe developer. I have always believed in giving 100% in whatever I do. Be it studies, job, or a hobby, I throw myself into it. So how could I not give my 100% to my bundle of joy? By the time my maternity leave got over, I had already decided that I would take a break and enjoy this beautiful phase of my life. A couple of years went by in the blink of an eye. Soon my son started preschool and I started missing my old self. Whenever I looked into the mirror, I could only see myself as a mother, there was no sign of the strong, independent girl I once was. They say an idle brain is a devil’s workshop. Sitting idle is surely a bane for a person who has worked outside of home. My husband also encouraged and supported me to start over. However, I was not ready to resume work full time. So I started exploring career options which would utilize my prior experience and allow me to work part time. That’s when I researched and found out about Technical writing. I secured a formal training in Technical writing and topped the certification exam. Thus began my journey as a freelance technical writer. I was happy that my previous work experience in IT and my love for writing could be put to use as a career. I was elated as I could spend time with my kid and not miss any of his milestones. When my son started full time school, I knew it was the right time to start looking for a full time job.
I joined GS Lab in 2017 as a technical writer. In the last four years of my stint with GS Lab, I have moved into two different roles, each connected with the other, yet quite different and challenging. I am thankful to GS Lab for believing in people and giving them opportunities to prove themselves. I strongly believe that self-discipline and time management are two very important aspects to be successful. Work-life balance for me means managing different roles at the workplace, home, family and friends with a smile on your face. I am really fortunate to be a part of the GS Lab family for its employee centric policies. I have made some amazing friends here with whom I can discuss everything, from customer escalations to our summer vacation plans.
On a parting note, I would like to give one piece of advice to every working mom out there – build a strong support system. Have an honest conversation with your family and colleagues to set the right expectations. Focus on the task at hand instead of feeling guilty all the time. And, never give up! You can do it all!
Sharmishtha Patwardhan | Senior software engineer
Sharmishtha has 13+ years of experience working in IT industry. She has worked in varied domains like Healthcare, Manufacturing, Travel, Transport and Hospitality in India and the US. Sharmishtha started off her career as a Mainframe developer and has worked in several technical and non-technical roles. In her current role, Sharmishtha handles Quality Assurance and Product documentation for the customer. Sharmishtha holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science, Diploma in Technical writing and Advanced certification in Information Architecture, Interaction Design and UI.