When I asked Neha Bagaria, Founder, JobsForHer as to why according to her Indian women find it so hard to get back to work after a break, her candid reply was,
“The ecosystem just does not support the comeback.”
But she was quick in adding that the corporate world was definitely headed for a transition. Several multi-national companies now realize that diversity isn’t just important because it puts them in a more socially acceptable space. Diversity is also important because it directly impacts the bottom line of their business. There is concrete research now that says that in today’s times when almost 50% of end users or consumers/buyers of any service or product are women, having women on board will bring diversity of thought and perspective right from the strategy making stage through the sales and servicing level.
The biggest limitation that women face while making up their mind to ReStartHer career is that she isn’t confident of her skills which are if not outdated but surely less in demand. And the recruitment mindset of a large number of organizations does nothing to encourage them to get back into the system. But with the current tide of change, many multi-national companies and SMEs are eying this section of women who are looking to ReStartHer career. Various initiatives that some of the renowned companies in the country are taking to get women on break back to work include –
- Special Recruitment Drives for women on break seeking to ReStart
- Special Returning programs that aim at training and skilling women for appropriate job roles
- Re-Skilling programs in the technology space to enable women to upskill themselves to be suitable to join back the same domain where they left
- Tailor made flexi-timing / work-from home assignments keeping in mind the need for flexibility for women
- Specific Learning & Development initiatives are being thought upon to re-skill the women returnees and help them fit into job requirements.
Initiatives by Some Companies to help Women Restart Careers
JobsForHer is a platform that is helping bridge the communication gap between companies and women seeking a career comeback. They are committed to helping women returnees and companies align with each other through various initiatives. In a short span of time, they have over 3000 companies (including multi-nationals and SMEs alike) who have sought candidates for selection through www.JobsForHer.com. JobsForHer also boasts of a unique mentorship program to help women understand the latest market trends, skill requirements, and training opportunities. These mentors come from a rich work background and represent in almost equal ratios the corporate as well as Entrepreneur cult.
RestartHer, 2017 is a one-day event aimed to bring women returnees face-to-face with the corporate world and make a live effort to fit the jig. The organizers of this event to be held in Bangalore are going all out to make it a successful platform for companies to attract this section of dormant talent pool waiting to jump in, feet first. There are a number of offerings on the platter for women seeking an opportunity to give wings to their aspirations. Various events that are lined up to making it an enriching experience for both the stakeholders in question are –
Leaders Conference on how to make a Restart
Talk shows and one-to-one interaction with Career Experts
A special Mentorship Zone to help aspiring candidates wriggle out the noise in their path
Re-skilling workshops giving an essence of what up-skilling needs to be done to Restart
It is encouraging to know that over 3000+ women restarters have already registered for the event and quite a number of them are travelling from various cities across the country hoping to benefit from its various offerings. After a full year of awareness road-shows across various cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad etc.), JobsForHer has come up with this event with prominent corporate brand names such as Epsilon (Platinum Sponsor), Diageo and Facebook (Gold Sponsors), Caterpillar, Citibank, Dell, Ezetap, Manipal Group, Myntra, Thomson Reuters, etc. There are almost 50+ such names that have partnered with JobsForHer to make their first move towards work-force diversity.
As for women like me who have faced this limitation of getting back to the corporate world after a long break, I am glad that slowly but surely companies are realizing that there is talent pool worth 10 million graduate house-wives waiting to be churned into good Return on Investment.
If you find it worth spending money to travel across cities for a wedding, a solo trip to Bangalore for your professional aspirations’ sake should surely justify the travel cost.
Register now to be a part of RestartHer, 2017 in Bangalore
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