I work in Risk Technology, for an Investment Bank in the City. My family are originally from Bangladesh, however I was born and brought up in London, England. I am proud to be a British-Bengali Londoner. I have a BSc. Computer Science & Financial Management. I am an advocate of STEMettes which is a charity that helps young girls consider careers Science & Technology, Engineering and Maths, as there simply are n't enough women in these types of jobs. Soon after graduating from university, I secured a job on a graduate training program, this lead me to working in New York for 3 years, and then relocated back to London, where I met my husband. We got married in 2002, and we decided that someone should stay at home and bring up our children. That was me, my proudest accomplishment is having 2 sons and 1 daughter. Those years are a bit of a blur, lots of running around to and from playdates, various musical or sports activities to be ferried to and fro. So, if they end up in therapy, they can proudly say "I have issues, and they are all my mother's fault". Yes, I was a bit shouty, ok very shouty, when you have 3 kids under 4 years its rather inevitable.
After a few years of being focussed on the children, my husband and I set up our own consultancy company, which we ran together, it was challenging and demanding, but gave me that connection with work. Four years ago, the company wasn't generating enough revenue so one of us had to go back to full-time employment. In most households, I think that it would have been the husband that went back to work, but in our house it was me. He was incredibly supportive, and agreed to take over the management of the house, while I went back to work.
Going back to the corporate environment after 10 years, was not easy. It was a struggle to get a foot in the door and I was plagued with self-doubt and lack of confidence. I persevered, as I wanted to be a positive role model for my children and I have an inner determination that I have inherited from my mother. My mother was never given the opportunity to go to university, so she has always supported and encouraged me to succeed.
So I started this blog, to help other women get back to work, be it through a bit of corporate styling or practical advice on networking, interviewing, CV etc.
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