“I had an arranged marriage and shortly after getting married, I had to move to the United Kingdom. As a working professional who had to quit her job for marriage, staying at home did not appeal to me. So, I jumped in head first into a full-on job search. But the job scene was even more taxing and stressful. I kept applying to jobs relentlessly and at one point, distributed my resume to all the shops on the streets.
After a 2 month struggle, I was called in for an interview with a home health care service operator. But the catch was that I would have to take in the work of the personal workers as well in case they took the day off. But balancing a house and a job was turning out to be stressful but I plodded on until the fated day when my boss called in to fire me as they were taking in someone more experienced. It was a short 25-day stint!
What followed was a call center job which I couldn’t find in myself to continue and finally, an interview which landed me in my most desired ‘HR Admin’ role. As the work commenced, I would catch two different buses back and forth to commute to my office. And during the weekends, I used to do sales executive jobs as well.
Within a few short months, I conceived my baby boy! With a roller coaster pregnancy and the office shifting its location to another far off city, the struggle was real with the morning sickness and the travel fatigue. But I just powered through with the help of my husband and came out of maternity leave nursing my baby boy.
Enter COVID, we were planning to return to India and I had to resign. But the flights got canceled and we have been housed here. I would love to get back to work but what I am looking at is a long series of interview calls and job applications. But this is a never-ending process for anyone who has moved abroad with a dependant visa. The struggle is real but the hope keeps me going forward!”
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