Cognizant launches a Returnship Programme for technology professionals
Today, IT services major Cognizant has announced a 12-week paid ‘Returnship Programme’ for technology professionals wanting to restart their careers.
Announcing the Returnship Programme Rajesh Nambiar, chairman, and MD, Cognizant India said, “A break in a professional’s career can give an opportunity to reflect, find areas of focus, and return stronger to the next phase of a professional journey with a renewed sense of purpose. Many such talented professionals looking to return to the workforce are women, and Cognizant’s inaugural cohort includes women taking on engineering management roles in the digital engineering practice,”
“The decision to re-enter the workforce can be both exciting and intimidating. The programme is focused on providing returners with a supportive environment and access to training, upskilling, mentorship and other resources,” he added.
“These professionals will work with cutting-edge technology through the programme and will subsequently be considered for full-time positions at Cognizant,” He said
The company is also making sure that diversity and inclusion is a source of innovation and creativity. In this regard, Cognizant is also implementing a new process to ensure interviews represent a more diverse composition of candidates, and that interview panels are diverse as well.
Women professionals form around 38 per cent of the company’s overall workforce in India and nearly 45 per cent of its workforce in tier-2 cities. Hence, it has established female hiring and retention goals for company leaders, which are part of the formal annual performance rating process.
A “returnship” is like an internship for experienced workers looking to re-enter the workforce. Whether you have taken a step away from professional life to care for a parent or raise a child, a returnship is a unique opportunity to learn new skills, sharpen others and transform your career.
Few more companies do offering “Returnship Programme” like Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Cloudflare, JPMorgan Chase, and Goldman Sachs, etc.