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Dawn of New Age: Women in Corporate Training

Business Communication 28th February 2017 Pooja Kamat

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To survive and subsequently have a flourishing career in the corporate world, it has become vital for every employee to undergo professional training to polish their existing skills and develop new ones. With this need in mind, corporates are increasingly emphasizing on and conducting training for their workforce. Progressive organizations know that training their employees on a regular and continuous basis is the only way to stay ahead of the competition. This, in turn, has opened career opportunities for corporate trainers extensively, especially women.  In fact, you can now see a plenty of women in corporate training sector.

Empathy

Being naturally empathetic in nature, women make very good trainers. They have the knack to connect with participants, understand their problems and provide beneficial solutions. In the corporate world, trainers have to deal with mature adult audiences who come with their own experiences and perceptions. Trainers have to build strong relationships with their participants to get the message across. This is not to say that male corporate trainers fail to do so; women simply are more adept to bond naturally and forge a connection with others.

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Spontaneity

It is important for trainers to be at ease when dealing with people, an ability to present themselves with confidence, spontaneity to respond to difficult situations with ease, enthusiasm and a passion for the subject matter. The best trainers are also the ones who have a charm that can be very useful to bond with the audience in a training session and leave a lasting impact. All of these are traits that are seen in women.

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A comfortable career path?

As much as corporates try to brush away the evident bias against women in the corporate world, it is a fact that women do not always have it as easy as men when it comes to the workplace. It is a worldwide phenomenon where women have to struggle more than men to maintain a work-life balance. A career in training then comes as a lucrative option for women when it comes to managing a healthy work-life balance. Looking at the flexibility it offers, many women find it a more comfortable career path.

In my experience so far, I have usually seen corporate training as a job that people come to after they have worked for a while and gained considerable experience on a subject or after coming back from a sabbatical. Women can get into content development, training, e-learning, etc. and take them up as a full-time or as a freelancer. This also provides them with the flexibility to devote enough time to home as well. There are very few young professionals with a clear ambition to become a trainer right at the beginning of their career. With diverse opportunities, flexible timings and freelance options, many women can be seen re-launching their careers after a sabbatical with renewed confidence and enthusiasm. Over the years, the corporate training world has seen a number of women making a mark in the training arena.

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Natural flair

Most women in corporate training world have mastered certain skills in their professional experience from various sectors. This helps them to a great extent while teaching. Women also have a flair for coaching and mentoring. It is no wonder then that they are progressing as trainers. A man may sometimes come across as aggressive vis-à-vis a woman who has the ability to convey a message with a certain amount of cushioning.

To survive in today’s corporate world, instincts alone are not enough. Women in corporate training have to face challenges in today’s male-dominated work environment. Such challenges affect their confidence and ability to sustain their ambition over the course of their careers. Workplace practices are still ingrained with gender bias and stereotypes. However, this scenario seems to be changing as today’s corporate training world is showing an increasing trend of women trainers. Looking at these trends we can assertively opine that in the future, women trainers will certainly metamorphose into effective leaders.

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