Offered by the WiBD India Chapter
General Description: The goal of the program is to support women who aspire to come back after taking a career break to manage other priorities. This program pairs a mentee with a mentor focusing on assisting women looking to restart a data related career.
Logistics: This is a 4 - 6 month virtual program. Mentors and mentees are expected to meet weekly.
- Mentor: 1 hour weekly for first 3 months, then a minimum of 2 hours per month over the subsequent months
- Mentee: 16-24 hours per week including self paced learning and interaction with mentor
Language and Time Zone: This program will be conducted in English, and participants should be available to meet during India Standard Time (IST).
Program Offering: Three cohorts will be formed for this mentoring program - convening in late March 2022, July 2022 and November 2022.
Mentee Eligibility: This program is open to members of the WiBD India Chapter who have 3+ years of technology related employment experience and a break of a minimum of 1 year. They shouldn’t be employed when they join the program. This program is appropriate for anyone looking to restart their career within computational or data technology fields. Each cohort would have a minimum of 1 mentee but not more than 6.
Mentor Eligibility: This program is open to members from any WiBD chapter.
Successful mentor candidates will have 12+ years experience and demonstrate strong technology skills along with good communication and interpersonal skills. There is a limit of 6 mentors per cohort.
Being a Mathematics & Statistics graduate, I was always interested in working with numbers. After planning to restart my career after a break, I was looking to upskill myself in areas which I was interested in. Finance & Data Analytics are the two areas which fascinated me as it will give me a chance to work with numbers. I came to know about WIBD through Linkedin and enrolled for the Sakthi program which mainly concentrated on upskilling women and the webinars organised really helped me to understand more about this field. Under the guidance & mentorship of Meenakshi Arun and Sowmya Moni, I was able to secure an internship with Incture which later transformed into a full-time employment.
- Rajani Thekkedath