Women’s Day Special – Her Second Innings Featured Article By Networked India

  Sheryl Sandberg famously said “Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder”. In essence she was saying one’s career is a journey and can grow linearly, laterally or take off on a tangent too! Today we have more women engaged in the workforce than ever before. While workplace gender diversity may not be where we would like it to, it is improving. Part of this is attributable to the scores of women who are actively choosing to return to careers or forge new ones after taking a sabbatical. However, returning to the workplace poses numerous challenges to women. Her Second Innings (HSI), co-founded by Manjula Dharmalingam, is a platform dedicated to helping women return from a break and do so with confidence! Her own life is pretty anecdotal in this aspect. When Manjula decided to start HSI she did so with friends who had similar ideas and aspirations. While she had her share of naysayers, questioning the ability of a career IT woman to start a social enterprise, she believed in herself and her family backed her decision wholeheartedly. Thus, having set up Her Second Innings in 2014, Manjula and her team spent 2015 reaching out to clients and creating awareness about the platform. But 2016 is when the portal really took off and all the hard work and efforts came to fruition. Now, HSI is in a recognisable position and companies approach them to put up their job and role requirements and hire women for these position via […]

Times of India – Start Up Stories: Featuring Her Second Innings

Times of India, All India Edition ~ Sunday Times 12th February 2017 : Featuring Her Second Innings – Founder/ Director Manjula Dharmalingam, along with other organisations with a vision to empower women professionals. Please click on this link to view the article: 2017 12 02 ToI All India Edition    

10 Top Traits Of Successful Corporate Women

  Image: www.glocal.net Successful Corporate Women –  What sets them apart? Most successful women have these few traits in common:   They do not dwell on their gender – they just get on with it.   They leverage their natural “female” instincts – Using their intuition and empathy they are able to quickly assess the environment around them, build relationships with people across levels and they are not afraid to show their sensitive side when required which makes them “human” and likeable.   Their natural inclination is to be perfectionists and they can be very tough managers. However, they have learnt to trade their need for perfection and detail for the sake of the bigger picture. They understand that getting a couple of big ticket items mostly right is wiser and more beneficial to the organization and all stakeholders than getting a number of small things exactly right.   They work extremely hard and put in long hours but never verbalize how hard they work. They may also work in a non traditional manner outside the 9 am to 6 pm schedule. They may start their day much earlier or log in to their email after their kids have gone to bed. They are committed to their job BUT they do not feel the need to verbalize their commitment. They recognize that others may stay late at work because they start work late, take multiple breaks and waste a lot of time during work but these women have a life […]

(POSH) Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Place Act – 10 Things to Know

Image: www.dmtemdebate.com, www.kelphr.com   The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 is a legislative act in India that seeks to protect women from sexual harassment at their place of work. The Act came into force from 9 December 2013. Any workplace with more than 10 employees need to implement this Act. Here are the 10 key features of the Act: The law applies to women harassed in the workplace including women working as domestic workers, daily wagers, temporary or permanent, full-time or part-time, as well as volunteers. The women may or may not be employed and can be of any age. The law is only applicable to women and women only. Sexual harassment includes any one or more of the following unwelcome acts or behavior: Physical contact or advances A demand or request for sexual favours Making sexually coloured remarks Showing pornography Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature If the following circumstances exist in relation to any behavior, that is, if any act is done under the following circumstances that would also count as sexual harassment: Implied or explicit promise of preferential treatment in employment Implied or explicit threat of detrimental treatment in employment Implied or explicit threat about her present or future employment status Interferes with work or creates an intimidating/hostile/offensive work environment Humiliating treatment likely to affect her health and safety. The act of harassment can occur in the workplace and also if a woman is harassed […]

Be Enterprising, Creative & Courageous to Pursue Your Dreams!

  Image: wisdom-trek.com   An enterprising person is one who comes across a pile of scrap metal and sees the making of a wonderful sculpture. An enterprising person is one who drives through an old decrepit part of town and sees a new housing development. An enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life.   To be enterprising is to keep your eyes open and your mind active. It’s to be skilled enough, confident enough, creative enough and disciplined enough to seize opportunities that present themselves… regardless of the economy.   A person with an enterprising attitude says, “Find out what you can before action is taken.” Do your homework. Do the research. Be prepared. Be resourceful. Do all you can in preparation of what’s to come.   Enterprising people always see the future in the present. Enterprising people always find a way to take advantage of a situation, not be burdened by it. And enterprising people aren’t lazy. They don’t wait for opportunities to come to them, they go after the opportunities. Enterprise means always finding a way to keep yourself actively working toward your ambition.   Enterprise is two things. The first is creativity. You need creativity to see what’s out there and to shape it to your advantage. You need creativity to look at the world a little differently. You need creativity to take a different approach, to be different.   What goes hand-in-hand with the creativity of enterprise is the second requirement: […]

Did you know? Creating your own Personal Balance, Can actually help your Work-Life Balance!

  Article by James Sudakow – Even if you have mastered the art of balancing the Work/life, there is a third element that often gets neglected: you as an individual. In our quest for work-life balance, we as an individual are forgotten for a while.   It’s easy to forget about yourself with all that work and life entail. The gap in the equation is often our own personal balance and emotional needs. Can adding another thing actually help? If it’s the right thing, it can   So, what do you do? There are only so many hours in the day, and all of those hours are claimed by business, family, and maybe some sleep (for good measure). Could adding one more thing to an already packed daily agenda actually assuage the lack of personal balance? Almost counter-intuitively, it did for me and might for you.   I added piano lessons.   I’m an ex-studio musician, so of course I would choose something musical. What I realized was that in the years since I started the businesses and the family grew, my love for music was still there but was not being acted on. I had concluded that there simply wasn’t enough time.   As I contemplated the idea, I said to myself, “How in the world are you going to fit this in?” Even though it was just 30 minutes a week for a lesson and an hour a day for practice, finding calendar time was much easier said […]

Inspirational Quotes by Successful Women Entrepreneurs

Image: www.naaree.com Successful entrepreneurs are usually inspired by other successful entrepreneurs. That means that if people don’t have great role models–especially role models in whom they can see themselves–they’re at a big disadvantage. That’s among the biggest challenges facing women who want to start new ventures. So, here are key quotes from 17 amazingly successful women entrepreneurs. Which do you find most inspiring? Sara Blakely Founder of Spanx, youngest self-made female billionaire in America “It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.” Shelia Lirio Marcelo Founder of Care.com “I think in terms of evolutions, not revolutions. Failure is not part of my vocabulary.” Wendy Kopp Founder of Teach for America “Change is not always a process of improvement. Sometimes it’s a process of invention. When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he didn’t start by trying to improve the candle. He decided that he wanted better light and went from there.” Clara Barton Founder of American Red Cross “I may sometimes be willing to teach for nothing, but if paid at all, I shall never do a man’s work for less than a man’s pay.” Martha Stewart Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia “My new motto is: When you’re through changing, you’re through.” Anita Roddick Founder of The Body Shop “If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.” Tory Burch Chairman, CEO, and Designer of Tory Burch LLC. “I think you can […]

This New Year Can Women Have Best of Both Worlds? Motherhood & Career!

Image: www.genicca.com   As many see it, a break (over six months) is a blot on an otherwise clean career profile. Worse, it’s permanent. Mainly because résumés with career breaks occupy the bottom of the pile of job requests, and many who manage to get a job, find themselves in a work space that has transformed from what it was when they had left it — be it for marriage, taking care of children and ageing parents or shifting cities with spouses. Despite the necessary qualifications, they feel like misfits, simply because they were absent from the scene for a while.   To help this pool of talent — a majority of who are women (48 per cent abort their career midway in India) — get back in the game, organisations such as AVTAR, JobsForHer, HerSecondInnings and Sheroes have mushroomed across the country.   At the global level, the movement is in full swing, with companies such as Morgan Stanley initiating 12-week re-entry programmes, and platforms such as iRelaunch (created by Harvard alumni) and Après. Besides providing a network of employers, mentors and counsellors, they also introduce options such as paid internships, and work-from-home and part-time work options that candidates can apply for.   “Research shows that at any given point of time, there are 1.8 million ‘second career’ women in India. A chunk of them want to get back to their careers. We would be able to fill up almost 60 per cent of vacant job positions if we […]

Spruce Up Your Career Come Back With These Tips!

  Education – Online or Regular always help women to bridge the career gap to help get back to work.   Tata Institute of Social Sciences – School of Vocational Education – Tied with Corporate programs. Customized programs for industries URL: http://intoday.in/education/story/vocational-education-for-women/1/673442.html   Government initiative: Online e-learning by NPTEL – For engineering courses and access to online lab URL: http://gov.in/e-contents   University of Delhi – Online courses though Virtual learning environment – Learn any stream of education virtually from home and get career options URL: http://vle.du.ac.in/   Create and sell online courses – Provides opportunity for creating content and providing training URL: https://teachable.com/   Returnship programs – A returnship program works like an internship and acts as a bridge to get back to job URL: http://www.womenrestart.com/returnee-programs-in-india/            Tips to Shine as an intern – URL: https://www.techgig.com/tech-news/editors-pick/Tips-to-Shine-as-an-Intern-82446   Her Second Innings, helps capable women professionals to find their calling in their second innings. Women looking to get back to their careers, or needing advise to pursue alternate career to become financially independent Sign up with us and update your Profile tracker form. Feel free to connect with us @ support@hersecondinnings.com after completing registration formalities and our career experts would be happy to have a conversation with you.  


  WELCOMING WOMEN PROFESSIONALS For a Walk-In/ Mentoring Session To Explore Your Dream Careers With MNCs   Date: 17th December 2016                                                     Time : 10 AM to 1 PM                                            Venue:   307, Shree Chambers, 2nd Floor, 100 Ft Road, Banashankari 3rd Stage, Bangalore.  WALK-IN for an exclusive 1-1 screening on 17th Dec 2016 for the positions listed below    Job Description – Dot Net   We are looking for a .NET developer responsible for building .NET applications using ASP .Net, C# .Net etc.  Your primary responsibility will be to design and develop these layers of our applications, and to coordinate with the rest of the team working on different layers of the infrastructure.   Responsibilities   Design, build, and maintain efficient, reusable, and reliable code Help maintain code quality, organization, and automatization   Skills   Strong knowledge of .NET web framework Proficient in C#, ASP.Net, with a good knowledge of their ecosystems Familiar with various design and architectural patterns, Microsoft SQL Experience with popular web application frameworks Understanding of fundamental design principles for building a scale-able application Experience creating database schemes that represent and support business processes   Job Description – Java   We are looking for a Java Developer with experience includes managing Java/Java EE application development while providing expertise in the full software development life cycle, from concept and design to testing.   Responsibilities   Java developer responsibilities include designing and developing high-volume, low-latency applications for mission-critical systems and delivering high-availability and performance. Write well designed, testable, efficient code.   Skills […]