A new survey has found that upskilling oneself via professional learning programmes has a significant impact on women’s careers.
According to the survey, two out of three women professionals felt empowered to return to work after a hiatus by upskilling themselves via professional learning programmes.
The survey, Emeritus India Impact Survey 2022, was conducted by the professional education firm Emeritus, to understand how professionals stay job-ready and future-proof their careers.
According to McKinsey & Company’s global report, a ‘broken rung’ prevents women from stepping up in their career ladders as fewer women are promoted in their jobs compared to men. The Emeritus India Impact Survey found that learning programmes can help women significantly in overcoming this invisible barrier – with 82% of the respondents witnessing a positive impact of the programmes within six months of having taken them and 93% reporting being more effective at work after taking up a professional course.
The survey also found that reskilling and knowledge enhancement programmes helped about 79% of women professionals to advance in their careers in their current organisation, while 61% moved ahead in a new organisation after taking up a programme with Emeritus. Over a quarter of women respondents also reported drawing paychecks higher by up to 50%.
Women professionals also admitted that learning programmes helped them in developing their business acumen (78%), building and expanding their network (95%), increased job security (71%), imparted necessary skills required to advance their careers (61%), as well as helped them thrive and stand out in the job market (55%).
Commenting on the findings, Mohan Kannegal, CEO, India and APAC, Emeritus, said,
We are dedicated to ensuring that everyone in India has access to high-quality, life-changing education. Our partnerships with some of the world’s leading educational institutions have helped us drive significant impact on the careers of professionals when it comes to moving up the ladder within their organisation or even finding new opportunities. The survey results reflect how many women are benefitting in many ways through high-quality upskilling programmes and are able to forge ahead in their career paths.
The survey was conducted in September 2022, with learners who completed the firm’s professional education programmes through its partner schools before June 2022.