Lata Agarwal
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"The solid structure of the Intuit Again program and the dedication of IntuitAgain team is truly worth emulating in other organisations."

LATA AGARWAL

Tell us about your life before taking the break.

Having gained an experience of 7 years at Indian Air Force, and a startup EnRoute Media, I took a career break of 6 years to raise my 2 kids. I enjoyed my break thoroughly but always felt getting back to work and utilise my potential and give shape to new ideas.

Why did you take a break in your career?

I was always clear that I would take a break to raise my kids and not mix personal and professional space but with a promise to always come back to work because there is nothing satisfying than financial independence.

How many years of a break did you take?

6 years

Describe your Intuit Again experience?

The interview process was very encouraging. It was very well planned and the hands-on coding part intended at how well the candidate applied their concepts on solving the problem. There are so many positives about the program that it is difficult to list down a few. The solid structure of the Intuit Again program and the dedication of IntuitAgain team is truly worth emulating in other organisations.

How was your 6 months internship experience at Intuit?

With the help of initiatives such as - Live project assignments, targeted mentoring via mentor/buddy program, regular feedback from team and manager.

How was your experience at Intuit?

Initially, there were days when I would almost cry sitting at my desk and questioning my decision to come back to work. I couldn’t see that my team and manager were there trying to help me and wanted me to take one step. But help from fellow IntuitAgain members and advice from 1st batch of IntuitAgain helped me understand that. After that I never had time to feel depressed. Almost 3/4 years have passed by and everyday is as exciting. Intuit gives me that space to excel and pushes me to learn new skills and innovate.

How has this experience helped you grow as a professional?

I had applied at various other organisations and I could sense that recruiters were hesitant to hire me as there was a technical gap. Also my need of a flexible working hour policy was seen to be a deterrent which made my resume less attractive as compared to similarly experienced candidates out in the market. I knew I needed an organisation that would help fill these gaps and who would value my skills and past work experience. Then IntuitAgain ‘happened’ to me and I couldn’t have asked for anything better than this

How did you manage your come back?

I had my support system at home. Flexibility at work made it easier. After the social jet-lag, Intuit gave every possible support to help me come back.

Could you describe the experience in one word/one phrase?

Intuit sets you up for success rather than test you for your failures

What would your advice be to other women thinking of coming back to work?

Firstly, don’t sound apologetic about taking a career break. Start planning for your comeback an year before. Discuss your decision of getting back to work with your family and seek for their support. Brush up on the skills you already have. Reach out to your friends, old colleagues, start giving interviews to understand the technical gap. And most importantly, be patient

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