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Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is the difference between this year’s Corporate Leaders Fellowship & Accelerator programs?

The Corporate Leaders Fellowship caters to Indian Muslim women with 1 year to 3 years of work experience looking to take their careers to a leadership track. The program is designed to train them on leadership and professional development skills to navigate their career with ease.

 

On the other hand, the Accelerator is far more focused on women who have career aspirations, be it their first job, a career move, or a promotion to the next level. Our program helps them develop their professional skills and access industry stalwarts to share best practices and guidance training.

 

Unlike the Fellowship program, which is more leadership-oriented, the Accelerator program is more career navigation and support. Note that support and empowerment are the underlying facets to the success of both programs.

 

2) How is the Corporate Leaders Fellowship different from the previous year’s Fellowship program?

This year the most significant difference is that we are looking for working professionals with 1 - 3 years paid, full-time work experience as of 1st January 2022. (Previously, we encouraged college-going Indian Muslim women to apply for the Fellowship). We have incorporated the learnings from the last two batches and tweaked the curriculum also to ensure that early-stage career professionals get the most from the program and are set for a leadership track.

 

3) 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)

 

4) There seems to be an overlap in age groups between the two programs. How do you determine who is a better fit if they are eligible for both?

Yes, there is an overlap, which is why we encourage applicants to understand what they are seeking. If you are a working professional with more than 1 year of experience and up to 3 years of experience as of 1 January 2022 and want to direct your career in leadership roles, then Fellowship is the program for you. However, if you need basic professional training and support on resume writing, interview prep, case study prep, etc., Accelerator should be your choice. The idea should be to understand what you imagine as your future.

 

5) Are the programs free?

Yes, both programs are free of cost.

 

6) How does one measure the success of the programs?

 In both, we review the following criteria:

  • Level of confidence (through self-declaration pre, mid, post-program)

  • Access to networks to achieve their goal (was the LedBy network successful in helping a candidate achieve their goal)

  • Leadership skills (were the programs successful in developing these skills)

  • Performance in job interviews (how many interviews do they manage to convert into job offers)

In addition; we also review tangible outcomes related to employability like:

  • How many jobs/internships have you applied for in the past 6 months 

  • How many interviews did you get?

  • How many final offers did you get?

  • By what percentage have your reviews in your company improved?

  • How many IMW have you coached?

  • How many internal (within your company) opportunities (office initiatives) have you taken up at work?

 

There are numerous feedback forms, surveys, and journaling exercises throughout the programs to gauge this. Also, we evaluate the net promoter score, which gives us a fair idea of the program’s success.

 

7) How much time do I need to dedicate to the program?

For the Corporate Leaders Fellowship, classes will be held every fortnight (twice a month) for 5 months over a weekend (either Saturday or Sunday) to accommodate the schedule of working professionals. The classes are usually between 3-4 hours. In addition, there will be pre and post-work allocated in addition to group activities, peer and mentorship calls, etc. In total, a selected Fellow will require to spend an average of  2-3 hours per week on self-work + 4 hours of fortnightly classes on the Fellowship to make the best of it.

 

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.

8) I have completed numerous internships that cumulate to between 1-3 years of experience. Does this count for the Corporate Leaders program?

 

It does not. You must have 1-3 years of paid full-time work experience. Internships do not count.

9) 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

 

10) I am not yet 18 years old but am eager to think about my future. Can I apply to any of the programs?

 

It’s wonderful that you have started thinking about your future so early on. While you will not be eligible for the Corporate Leaders Fellowship, if you turn 18 by January 1, 2022, then you are welcome to apply to the LedBy Accelerator program.

11) What is the minimum attendance requirement for the programs?

Both programs have a 100% attendance requirement. This is a non-negotiable as the content and curriculum have been specially curated keeping in mind your career stage and contextualized for Indian Muslim women. If you miss a class or pre/post-work, you miss out on a significant portion of the work. 

We do understand that medical emergencies and other exigencies are inevitable. We do request to be kept informed of such instances if you are selected for the program.

 

12) What do I get upon graduating from the programs?

 

A lot! 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. You will receive a Diploma after successful completion.