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 1st Jan 2022, 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) Is the program free?
Yes, the program is fully funded
5) How much time do I need to dedicate to the program?
For the Accelerator program, classes will be held every month for 12 months, always between 3-4 hours. In addition, there will be allocated pre and post-work, which must be completed. In total, a participant will require between 6-8 hours of work per month to make the most of the program.
6) 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.
7) Is the curriculum the same for all cohorts?
Yes, the curriculum and the learning outcomes are the same for all cohorts.
8) 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.
9) 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.
10) 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.
11) Why is the LedBy Accelerator program 12 months long?
The Accelerator program is for college-going and working people with limited time. We have asked for a pragmatic amount of time from our participants. Just one session a month, over a year. This also helps the participant absorb the material and reflect upon it between sessions. (There is pre-work and 1:1 engagement between sessions)
12) Will I be able to apply for international universities and/or get scholarships?
The intention of the program is to ensure Indian Muslim women contribute to the workforce in the country. Providing access to foreign universities and scholarship opportunities is not our primary goal but on occasion, we do have workshops and webinars conducted on this topic
13) What do I get upon graduating from the programs?
You will receive a Diploma after successful completion. You get access to workshops on professional and leadership development. You get a chance to interact with a network of peers from your cohort who are talented, intelligent Muslim women from all walks of life. Finally, you get mentored by the team, and by industry professionals who have more than 10+ years of experience. These professionals guide you in your career and help you succeed.