Please read on to know more about a career in tech sales for women, meticulous time management and putting a child to bed on time…daily!
Thank you Bhawana, for sharing the details of your life and work with us. You certainly have taken the road less traveled by women and are a deep source of motivation!
Tell us about your role at IBM
What are the top 3 things about being associated with Rational
1. I love the challenge! As always there are many ways of achieving the desired and it is stimulating to think of what could be the best, the most optimal solution. I
2. You really need to know your stuff..It’s not just selling a box…it’s talking about technology. You need to be convincing which is only possible if you know the Rational portfolio.. breadth and depth. It needs you to constantly read, learn, try.
3. On a lighter note, people in my social circle (daughter’s school especially) take me seriously. I am able to live having my own identity, somebody with some grey matter and not just a Mrs. Gupta or Jiya’s mom
How do you manage a demanding role as this and your family life?
I have processes set for daily routines which require minimum intervention during the week when I am busy with work. Weekends are completely home time. Saturday mornings devoted to restocking house with groceries. Sunday mornings are breakfast outings coupled with a movie at INOX.
I have an eight year old daughter, Jiya. This means I need to cater to her various needs all the time.. It’s my role to keep things balanced and stay focused on her and my work. Time management is the key to this and I follow it strictly. 7pm to 9pm is the time I spend with my family listening to her endless stories while eating. Post that, it is routine homework, storytime and finally bedtime at 8.30 pm. My ‘me’ time start at 9 pm till about 11pm, when I devote uninterrupted time to reading and updating myself to stay ahead at work.
All in All it’s a balance between professional and personal needs. One doesn’t really have to stop doing anything. You have to strike the balance. It could take time, there are trying phases as well (no household help) but it all still works out with some help from the spouse and colleagues. Colleagues also play a big role in helping you manage this balance.
Would you recommend a career in tech sales to women and aspiring students?
Although I chanced upon a role in tech sales, I would still recommend it. The moment you hear sales, you associate men with the role. That is why, I think it’s important for women to join this field to explore their boundaries. You have to travel which is challenging for a women with kids. Ultimately what matters is how determined are you to make it work. If you have the energy, the grit and the determination, I say you must go for it! Do something different and strive harder than the others and prove that women can really multitask.