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Women, for centuries now have taken long breaks from their corporate careers due to personal commitments like marriage, in-laws/parents dependency, kids and voluntary work or simply to follow their passions. These breaks could range from 2 to 15 years. And, getting back to work is sometimes not only discouraged by their families, but by organizations too.

As 40% of the technology workforce in India need to upskill themselves every 5 years, companies, generally looking to hire, look for experienced people and not really for women who have lost touch with any updates or technology upgrades in the business world.

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But, recently, I came across an impressive initiative called VMInclusion Taara (in association with Women Who Code) by the global technology leader VMware India. VMware is a 22 year old company which started a unique return-to-work program for women, in January 2019. It aims at helping 15,000 females to upskill themselves and get back into the corporate world if they seriously wish to. They have already seen over 8000 women enroll for the course since then. The numbers have shot up in 2020.


The program offers technical education and certification courses on digital workspace technologies.

  • Foundation level training courses on digital business transformation.
  • Professional level training courses on virtualization software for hybrid cloud and multi-cloud platforms and infrastructure.
  • Advanced tracks on Datacenter, Networking, Cloud Management and automation.

Technologies covered in levels:

  • Level1: VMware Certified Associate-Digital Business Transformation (open to 15,000 participants)
  • Level2: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.7] (open to limited number of participants that complete level 1)
  • Level3: One of the below courses based on the individual’s area of interest (open to limited number of participants that complete level 2)
    • VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V6.7]
    • VMware vRealize Automation: Install, Configure, Manage [V7.3]
    • VMware Workspace ONE: Deploy and Manage [V9.x]
    • VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.4]

Candidates would get certified on VMware Technology (Basics, Intermediate & Advanced Certification) and become a VMware Certified Professional.

Taara has recently introduced a Soft Skill training program that helps you prepare to be a confident corporate. Recording of all webinars are available on VMware Social, which also acts as an external community for Taara candidates to help one another.


This online course, worth USD 3,500/-, is absolutely FREE and can be done from the comfort of your home. The duration depends on your dedication and determination. Timings are flexible. Some successful Taara graduates have finished it in 3 to 4 months while many have taken around 8 months, due to a couple of breaks in between.

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If you want to get your career back and have an interest in the IT concepts, coding, cloud computing and virtualization, or are a female college graduate who hasn’t been able to find a job for 6 months or more, you can register here. Age is no bar. The program also supports women, with no prior IT experience, who want to learn and begin their careers in digital technologies. You also have to be an Indian citizen residing in India. This course is also open to those who identify themselves as women (she/her).

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The certification is valid only for 30 days from date of course completion. While there are a few industry partners who have come forward and agreed to select from Taara graduates, Taara does not guarantee a job opportunity and has no contractual binding to any graduate. Fortunately, many companies are opening their doors to women, so pray hard and apply!

In the spirit of empowering women, I personally thought that this would help motivate those interested in getting back on their feet by making them aware of this opportunity. We had a virtual meeting with Ms. Rashmi Adukoorie, Head – Communications, VMware India,where she detailed out the whole initiative and let us decide whether we wanted to keep it to ourselves or spread the word and uplift other women. I was in total awe especially because it is free.

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In case you have any more queries, you can directly email [email protected].

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Cindy D'Silva
Cindy D'Silva
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  1. Taraa graduates seem to be versatile and extremely career oriented. These courses are good for job oriented people.

  2. This is a wonderful initiative! Every mom deserves to start getting back to work after all these sacrifices.

  3. Raksha says:

    During this pandemic I took so many elearnings and up skilled myself. It is an amazing way of learning new things and mastering it. The 30 days validation is interesting, I love it.

  4. Wow this is a wonderful opportunity to learn new skill and get back to career. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This is such a great opportunity. Many women take a break in their career and getting back becomes difficult. With this initiative it’s definitely going to be easy to brush up their skills and step out again.

  6. This is very nice initiative to make women get back on the track of the professional World. I will look into the program and check the guidelines. And I liked it they are making it free for women in the beginning as many hesitate to spend again on the education.

  7. Sumita Mallick says:

    Great informative blog. Congratulations for that. Recently completed my VMware training. Most say great initiative. I do agree women should resume their career after a little break in case they want to. Great

  8. Jyoti says:

    I guess this is wonderful intiative and this is free which will be great motivation too .Thanks for sharing honest insight about 30 day validation, will help interested candidate to decide whether it will work for them or not.

  9. Ruchi Verma says:

    It’s so important for every woman to get back to work and her job and I loved this initiative. I loved the way you have shared the honest review about this course!!

  10. Dr Bushra says:

    Getting back to work after long break is quite challenging. That’s very helpful initiative by VMware India to empower women across India.

  11. Ishieta says:

    This is a great initiative! I know that finding work in the current scenario is tough, and it has always been tough for women returning from a break.
    This will really help women, especially in the tech space.

  12. One thing that really upsets me is the career break that I had to take when my 1st child was born… it’s been 7 yrs now n It really depresses me to see that i cant go back easily as finance is an ever growing n changing field….. this is a superb initiative taken up to empower women n get their career back on track.

  13. Jenifer says:

    Am sure it will b helpful to lot of women & build up their confidence again.
    Good initiative.

  14. This seems to be exciting course. Nowadays IT booming there are women who want to jump into IT career. Taara seems to be exciting initiative and it being free would attract millions.

  15. Swati Mathur says:

    This is such a great initiative by VMWare which is one of the best company in the field of IT. I will share this with all my friends who are looking for second career. Thanks for sharing such a detailed post.

  16. Harjeet Kaur says:

    A free course for working women after a break should be a great help. Hope many benefit from this workshop.It’s not easy getting back into the work culture after a break in these trying times.

  17. With the fast growth of technologies and the fast pace of obsolescence, it is critical for everyone to constantly update their skills. These courses from VMWare are really interesting and seem geared to equip the participants with up to date knowledge and skills.

  18. What a great platform and with so many impressive skill sets to learn from . Its really great and so important given the new normal too

  19. For a woman, getting back to work after a career break is a challenging phase. However, platforms like Taara is doing a wonderful job by allowing her to restart her career again. Kudos to the team of Taara.

  20. Such a laudable initiative, one that will help countless of women in India. Personally, some of my female friends went on a break/sabbatical and they now have the opportunity to upskill. I’m going to help get the word out.

  21. urvashi says:

    I am in this phase right now and I feel so much for Women. The process of taking leave and getting back to work both are so painful, complex, and demanding. Any support and guide is much appreciated during this phase

  22. Sundeep says:

    Looks like great initiative. I really like the unique concept of return-to-work program for women. Thanks for sharing detailed information about this. I am sharing with few friends.

  23. Personally I feel for women getting back to work after break is little bit challenging and they often face various struggles. In this case, this course can work as a great motivating factor. Thanks for sharing honest insight about 30 day validation, will help interested candidate to decide whether it will work for them or not.

  24. Alpana Deo says:

    That’s a wonderful initiative. Career break can get really tough for many aspiring women but with this initiative there will be a ray of hope.

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