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Second Careers for Women

Women can return to a second career after a break...

Women quit jobs and take a career break due to various obligations and commitments: marriage, motherhood, sabbatical for higher education, and family matters. Such breaks can vary from a few months to many years. According to industry estimates, over 300 million women are looking to enter workforce across the country.

When reason for taking the break no longer exists, a feeling of stagnation and a yearning for recognition propels women from taking up a second career or a flexi-career. Companies also are eager to take them on in view of their professional experience, skill sets and an awareness of work culture prevailing in organizations.

On account of these advantages, in their new positions women are able to get oriented faster and deliver results sooner. It is also known that women returning to work are less attrition-prone because they place greater value on retaining the second career. 

Companies and recruitment agencies are crafting second career programmes...

In order to attract this talent pool of women, organizations and placement agencies offer incentives like mentoring, internship, work-from-home, flexible schedules, job rotations, assignment based work etc.

To motivate women considering a second or flexi-career, companies hold workshops, skill building programmes and events. Although challenges like fast changing technology landscape and adjustment problem with younger colleagues exist, employers are taking steps to address these concerns.  

Flexible (or Flexi) employment involves working on short-duration projects or on permanent/semi-permanent basis. Payment can be on job basis or retainership or salary. Women find flexi-jobs convenient when it comes to balancing home and work. Such jobs are particularly ideal for new mothers with toddlers and young children.

Second career careers can be availed directly from companies (Tatas, Godrej, Accenture etc) or through recruiting agencies (Sheroes, Avtar I-Win etc) as indicated in Resources section below.

The top flexi-jobs popular with women in India...

Content and technical writing, coding and testing, online teaching, graphic and website design, transcription and translation, market research, software development, digital marketing, HR, tele-calling and data entry.

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'Re-Connect' programme of Axis Bank

Through this programme, Axis Bank offers job opportunities to their former women employees who wish to return.

'Reboot' programme of Cummins India

Under this programme, women who left Cummins due to maternity and childcare, go through an induction and on-boarding to bring them up to speed with their peers.

CampusTower A, Survey No. 21, Balewadi, Pune 411045

020-6706 7000

'Rekindle' programme of Amazon

With this initiative, Amazon provides opportunities to women who have taken a break in their careers. Women are supported professionally to re-integrate themselves through structured on-boarding, focused mentoring, flexible work options and on-the-job learning.

Web Page

Accenture's Programs to Empower Women & Returning Mothers

Accenture empowers women employees with programs like 'Women's Mentoring' and 'Accenture Women's Network'. For women employees returning after motherhood break, they have 'Maternity Returners Program' which eases transition back into the workforce.

Web Page

Avtar I-WIN

Avtar I-Win strives to provide women professionals with part-time, flexi-time careers with corporates in Baagalore, Chennai and Mumbai. These positions are for duration ranging from 3 months to 18 months.

No. 9/A, 13th Cross Street, Jayamahal Extn, Bangalore 560046
Udyog Gruhaa, No. 10, Raja Nagar, ECR Road, Neelangarai, Chennai 600041
506, Krishna Greenland-Vastu, 5 Kasarvadavli, Ghodbunder Road, Thane 400607

044-4294 1100, 4294 1200

Back to the Front by Rize @ People Konnect Pvt. Ltd.

They strive to provide meaningful job opportunities by way of full time, part time, project-based assignments and contractual assignments. They also provide various customized programs to guide you and coach you through the entire process of on boarding to a fulfilling second career.

320 Vardhaman Sunrise Plaza, Vasundhara Enclave, Delhi 110096
34, Centrium Mall, Lokhandwala, Kandivali East, Mumbai 400101

022-4222 8550 to 57

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Find legitimate, handpicked part-time, freelance, telecommuting, work from home, internship and other flexible jobs in India.

2, Chowringhee Approach, Esplanade, Kolkata 700072

033-3052 1630

Encore - A Comeback Program for Women Professionals

This is a program of Aditya Birla Group. Access the web page below (a) To note ‘Encore’ program details (b) To know about live business projects that are currently available (c) To fill up the application form if you decide take up ‘Encore’ program.

Web Page

GROW ( Godrej Revival of Opportunities for Women)

This is a initiative by the Godrej Group, which would like to benefit from the expertise of women professionals who opted to take a career break after some initial years of work.

Web Page

Her Second Innings

This is a platform to empower women professionals at all levels. There are ‘work from home’ options, temporary assignments, permanent jobs, projects, consultancy and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Manjula Dharmalingam

iWork@Home Initiative of ICICI Bank

To prevent women employees from leaving due to maternity duties or childcare or long commute, the Bank has launched this work-from-home initiative. Work assigned includes checking account opening documents and loan applications, processing of import-export documents, image-based verification of cheques etc. The iWork@Home platform uses facial recognition software to ensure that only the employee can access and work on the system.


An online job search employment portal in India for recruitment of women on a career break. Search & apply for job vacancies across various Industries.

Neha Bagaria

095910 44009

Maniams Marketing Services P Ltd

They employ only women who can work from home or from their offices with complete flexibility on their working hours. The company's business domains are learning services, people services and marketing services.

No.962, 26th Main, 8th Cross, H.S.R Layout, Sector-1, Bangalore 560102
“Aurum”, No.9, Kannuswamy Road, R.S. Puram, Coimbatore-641002

080-4211 4435, 0422-427 6503

Web Page Women Power@Work

An initiative supported by The Times of India. through its partnership with corporates strives to provide opportunities for women to take up full-time work, part-time work, flexi-time work, project work or entrepreneurship. To access these services, join on their website.


This is a platform that helps women return back to work after a career break. After evaluation of the profile submitted, they strive to find a suitable position for you.

Second Innings- Empower Women Through Employment

This is a community group designed to give 'Stay at home- Mothers, Daughters, Wives' , an opportunity to build a second career. The group is committed to identifying opportunities on flexible terms such as work from home, part time projects, short term projects or even full time employment etc. Join the group and refer to the postings regularly.

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Segue Sessions

Segue Sessions are held once in a while in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mumbai and Pune. The sessions consist of career workshops and panel discussions conducted by experts for women who wish to re-enter professional world after a career break. Aim to jump-start your career once again!

Web Page


This is a jobs and career community for women. Covers jobs for returning professionals, part-time jobs, work-from-home jobs, internships etc.

B 121, Sector 5, Noida 201301

Tata Second Career Internship Programme (Tata SCIP)

Tata SCIP is a career transition programme for women professionals who have taken a break of 6 months or more for any reason. Under this programme various Tata group companies provide live business projects requiring approximately 500 hours of engagement spread over 6 months on a flexi-time basis.

Tech Mahindra's Women's Special Recruitment Drives

Tech Mahindra holds special drives in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Noida and Pune to hire women for various positions in software field. You may see the web page below the positions that may be open and await the next drive of Tech Mahindra.


They provide a platform tol enable women to access part-time employment opportunities, either on an assignment basis or on an hourly basis,

Shilpa Rao

Women Restart

Help talented women professionals to restart their career by (a) Assessing your job readiness (b) Improving employability with their Restarter Program (c) Networking with industry experts (d) Ensuring a smooth and sustainable career restart

Sheetal Arora

9591 429 250

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