Jumpstarting Careers for Women3 years ago Sameeksha Bansal
It can be a daunting experience to look for a new job. Even more if you have a break in your career. This is generally applicable to women who take a break in their career for various reasons. Getting your career back on track can get difficult. Not all companies take a break in career positively and it can influence their current hiring decisions. Today, however there are options for women looking to restart their career – or even change career verticals. Lets look at some of these options:
Springboard by Microsoft: Having two batches underway, Microsoft is soon starting the third wave of their Springboard program. This program offers an internship to selected women to jumpstart their careers. Microsoft has listed a minimum of a year’s break and a minimum of 4 years of continuous employment to be eligible for this program. Also, all openings in the Springboard program are technical in nature. After the completion of the internship the candidate can interview for a full time position with Microsoft. You can read more about this program here.
Dr. Reddy’s Comeback Careers for Women: Dr. Reddy’s also recognises the talent opportunities in women looking to resume their career life after a sabbatical. Unlike the Springboard program by Microsoft, these opportunities are full time with Dr. Reddy’s. They list the openings and women with a break in their career can apply. The openings are across all verticals and departments. The promise Dr. Reddy’s makes is to not let the career break influence their decision in hiring. You can look at the opportunities available here.
Second Career Internship Program by TATA: Tata launched SCIP way back in 2008 and defines it as a Career transition Management program for women. They also need women to have a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 8 years break in their career. This program works a little differently. The program is based per project and they have a certain number of flexible hours the applicant needs to complete for the project. The project is location based. Applicants can apply based on a listed project or simply register for any upcoming projects that suit their profile. Visit this link for more information.
The fact that there are such opportunities available is testimony enough to the direction employers are taking in making their work place as positive as possible. Comment and let us know if you know of any other such programs or if you have personally experienced one yourself. We would love to hear about your experience.