With a desire to hone their management skills, an increasing number of Indian women are seeking to take the famed Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). In 2018, over 55 percent of women who took the GMAT were above age 25 and this number is set to grow in the coming years.
There are many companies who want to hire more women
At a time where the academic world and the corporate sector are encouraging young girls and women to take up a career, the Indian female demographic are being encouraged to work. Also, unconventional sectors like manufacturing and technology are opening their doors to women employees because it is undeniable that women are needed in every field. Chandan Chowdhury, associate dean at Indian School of Business (ISB), said, “There are many companies that have no bias and want to hire more women into their workforce. We have companies that come to our campus for hiring only women.” More recently, the Indian School of Business has revealed that there has been an increase in the number of female students since the year 2016. In 2019, the number of female students lies at 886 students, while in 2016, it was 812; students usually study for an average of 5 years at ISB.
70% of women believe that gaining professional expertise was the biggest career achievement
The news gets even better as women even below the age of 25 are taking GMAT as young women are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of having a career and being financially independent. In addition to this, a majority of Indian women taking the test, about 70 percent of them believed that gaining professional expertise was the biggest career achievement for them. Meanwhile, a wide range of women taking GMAT revealed that many were also bent on restarting their careers about taking a break. JobsForHer said, “What can companies do to enable career restart’, 34% of the women mentioned reskilling as a necessity for a career restart, progression, and job role changes.”
Hence, the narrative of Indian women in business is changing ensuring that they secure a seat at the table which welcomes them.
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