Sheroes.in should become your daily go-to if you are a woman with career on her mind. Sheroes is a big buffet of options to personalize your plate. Yes, there are job postings – full-time, part-time, flexi-timing, work-from-home, and even entrepreneurial opportunities. Then there are updates about sheores ( s-heroes) who inspire – stories about women happy with their careers. You will also find tips and updates about new trends in workplaces, new kinds of skills and so on. “The core part is the mentorship, where we have people from across industries and verticals volunteering their time to mentor our members,” says Sairee Chahal, founder and CEO, Sheores.
Putting women on the nation-building map
Since it went live on January 20, 2014, Sheroes has assisted more than a million women in their search for a career and has 6,000 companies registered on its website. It has processed more than 20,000 jobs for 5,000 locations in India. “Our biggest accomplishment has been to change the discourse around women at work,” says Chahal, adding, “Until now, having a successful career meant being able to sit in the boardroom. Well, only about 6,000 women in India fall in that category.” Or, it was about rural employment such as papad and bidi-making. “But India has moved on! There’s a growing urban middle class. Our win is to put these women on the nation-building map,” she says.
Examples are plenty
A large number of women Sheroes has assisted, are the ones who trying to get back to their careers after a break. Take Anjali Bhat, for instance, an electronics engineer and a postgraduate in business management. Having worked in the IT industry for nine years, Bhat took a break from work for motherhood. “Last year, when my daughter turned three, I felt it was a good time to get back to work, but while staying a part of my daughter’s growing-up years,” she says.
The opportunity came her way when she heard about Sheroes at a Times of India seminar for women in 2014, where Chahal was a key speaker. “I explored work opportunities through Sheroes and found the perfect assignment at Sunstone Business School,” she says, where she has been working as a course assistant since October 2014, adding how the work is exciting, challenging and highly satisfying.
Sheroes is equally valuable to companies who are benefitting from hiring these talented women. Sunstone Business School is one of them. Gaganpreet, Director at Sunstone, who hired Bhat, depends on Sheroes for multiple hiring needs. “ There is an incredible talent sitting at home. At Sunstone, we recognize that, and we have built a work culture where these women are able to contribute extremely well”.
Choose to build your career your way
The match-making of Bhat and Sunstone, is just one instance. With Sheroes, Chahal has plugged a yawning gap in the Indian career space. She recounts how we have extremely bright girls for classmates at school and colleges. “But where are these women when it comes to the workplace?” she questions. The problem has been partly with India importing the idea of a specific workspace to define a career – a “ladder career”, as Chahal puts it. Thus, a career is not a nine-to-nine office time anymore; if you design apps to make a living, it is your career. If you blog for a few hours daily, that is your career. If you volunteer, then that is your career. If you choose to be at home, you can still build your career.
This August, Sheroes raised Rs five crore in angel funding from Qunitillion Media, 500 Startups, and people such as Rajan Anandan, Binny Bansal, Indus Khetan, Mekin Maheshwari and Krishna Mehra. Sheroes will use the funding to further build and strengthen its back-end. The goal is also to reach out to more and more women and keep going deep down into the category.
Walking the talk, the venture has a large women’s team. “When we started we were five women and one man,” laughs Chahal, adding the team has a better balanced ratio now. The company is looking to add manpower in sales, product design and projects. Want to add your signature to a success story?