Frequently Asked Questions
1) Who can apply to the Accelerator program?
If you identify as an Indian Muslim woman and are between the ages of 18-30 years old as of June 30th, 2021, then you are eligible for the program. In addition, it would be great if you are looking to hone your professional skills and create a network of experts who can act as your "professional mentors" to guide you. If this sounds like you, then go apply now and tell your friends whom you think could be eligible too.
2) What does it mean by "cohort-based" learning?
This means that all selected candidates will be grouped by certain traits and characteristics to ensure that there is success as an individual and as a group. Research suggests that cohort-based learning is considered the most effective form of learning, and we are believers in this method too. Our programs are designed to ensure YOU succeed and this is just one way we do that. Think of it as a "section".
3) How many participants will there be in a cohort?
We expect each cohort to have a maximum of 50 participants.
4) Can I choose to be in a certain cohort as I have a friend who is applying too?
Unfortunately, cohorts are created based on certain traits and characteristics to ensure the best group dynamics. This is also an opportunity to meet, and work with other people and develop your network.
5) Is the curriculum the same for all cohorts?
Yes, the curriculum and the learning outcomes are the same for all cohorts.
6) What can I expect after the year-long program?
There is a lot that you will learn and develop. First, added a sense of confidence and professional skills. Second, a fantastic network of peers, advisors, and mentors who will remain your life-long support system and help you in your career. Third, tangible outputs like a great resume, Linkedin profile, an effective elevator pitch, interview practice, and the ability to negotiate and communicate in a professional manner no matter which job you choose to do. Finally, if you are looking to start your own enterprise, or looking to study further, we will connect you with the relevant resources who will guide you step by step.
7) Wouldn't I be able to learn professional skills off the internet or through books?
Absolutely. But what sets us apart is that we contextualize the learning, case studies, and every single session to an Indian Muslim woman. We're pretty sure contextualization is not easily available unless there is tremendous thought and structure put into it.
8) Why do we need 100% attendance?
The Accelerator program has been designed keeping in mind young adults and students alike. We understand that though the week you could be busy with work, or classes. Our sessions are scheduled for the weekends and the modules are designed in a way to give you the best, and most practical experience to kick off or accelerate your professional career.
However, at a time when we're all reeling with the pandemic, we understand it could be hard to commit. Hence, we urge you to try your best to attend the monthly online sessions to make the most of the program, but we give you the flexibility to miss a maximum of 2 sessions in case of a medical emergency or a pre-scheduled examination.