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Flexibility Helps Parents Upskill and Boost Their Careers

 Bharathy K

Bharathy K

1+ years

 Design Engineer

Design Engineer

National Contracting Company

Senior Analyst

Senior Analyst

Capgemini

After taking four years off to care for my young child, I decided to re-enter the job market. However, I had three obstacles: I lacked an IT background, needed to upskill myself, and needed to find a course that provided flexibility.

I am Bharathy, an electrical and electronics graduate from Chennai, located on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India. In 2018, I left my job to get married, and I moved to Bangalore to live with my husband. Today, we are the parents of a two-year-old son.

Last year, I decided to upskill myself to focus on my career and re-enter the workforce after being away for four years.

I chose Simplilearn’s Full Stack Java Developer (Job Guarantee Program) course because it offered greater scope. Simplilearn is a major upskilling platform with excellent reviews. Also, I thought that Simplilearn’s job guarantee program would be a better fit for me.

My experience with Simplilearn was amazing. The course was worth the money, it was high quality, and the live classes were very good. Coming from a non-IT background, I did not have any knowledge of Java, but the Java classes by Professor Nisha Waikar were extremely helpful. The live classes addressed and answered any doubts and questions I had.

Sure, it was difficult at first because I had to take care of my child. So, even four-hour classes on weekends were difficult. I used to take two-hour classes, and during the break, I would feed my child and put him to sleep.

But Simplilearn’s flexibility was key. They offered recordings of live classes, which I used to complete my course. I would post my questions on a Q&A thread where I was able to connect with trainers and get my questions answered.

Also, the trainers were open-minded and cooperative. Some trainers posted their LinkedIn links, which allowed me to connect with them and ask questions.

Initially, I lacked confidence in whether I would be able to get a job in the IT field, but my confidence grew by the end of the course. My certification helped me land a job at Capgemini, a job I obtained soon after completing Simplilearn’s capstone project. It was not just a career transition — it also changed my life.

Brushing up on my IT skills

I left my job in 2018 after I got married and moved to Bangalore. Then, I took a four-year break from my career to look after my family. Because I wanted to enter the IT sector and had no IT background, I needed a fresh set of skills. The full stack Java developer profile is at its peak, and it comes with many options. So, I decided to upskill myself and take up the Full Stack Java Developer (Job Guarantee Program).

Simplilearn’s reputation made it the obvious choice

Everyone knows that Simplilearn is a major upskilling platform. I read many reviews before applying for the course, and every review I read was positive. Also, I felt that the job guarantee program offered by Simplilearn would be a better fit for me, considering the four-year gap in my career.

My experience with Simplilearn

It was worth the money. I am pleased with the results. The course quality was good, and the self-learning and live classes were also suitable. Initially, I was not aware of Java, but Java classes by Nisha Waikar were beneficial. All my doubts were well addressed and answered during the live classes, and I feel that she made every effort to make learners understand basic concepts.

After completing the Simplilearn course, many reputable companies contacted me after seeing that I had a Simplilearn certification — even though I didn’t even apply for the jobs. Recruiters just see the Simplilearn badge and believe its students have a grasp of the subject.

I come from a non-IT background. Getting a job without any certification would have been difficult. But Simplilearn’s course gave me the knowledge I needed. The certification helped me land a job at Capgemini, which I got soon after completing the capstone project.

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Finding time to study

It was difficult at first because I had to take care of my child. So, even four-hour classes on weekends were difficult. I used to take two-hour classes, and during the break, I would feed my child and put him to sleep. Sometimes, I couldn’t even attend whole sessions. But Simplilearn had recordings of live classes, which I used to complete my course. I used to post my doubts on the very-helpful Q & A thread. There, I was able to connect with trainers.

Also, the trainers were very open-minded and cooperative. Some trainers gave their LinkedIn links where I could talk with them and clear my doubts.

In conclusion

Anything is possible if you put in the effort. If you want to achieve something, you need to put in the work and stick with it. I highly recommend Simplilearn to anyone who wants to advance their career