TECH CAREER FOR ALL - DIVERSITY IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR
“Technology is best when it brings people together.” - Quote by Matt Mullenweg, Social Media Entrepreneur
A career in software technology is among the preferred career options for lakhs of young Indians. Fuelled by stories of international assignments, hefty pay packets, growth opportunities, and many jobs available, a career in IT software is the dream of many. This career offers many golden opportunities for the bright, the hardworking, and the talented. Aspiring to make this sector as inclusive as possible, greater opportunities for women, the LGBT community, marginalised communities, and the differently abled are sought by the industry. With the option of working from home, flexible timings, contracts, and part time work, all those who are not part of the software services can now be part of the golden industry.
Realising that there is a vast talent pool that remains untapped and underused due to biases in the corporate culture, companies are now seeking to make amends. A diverse workforce is known to be more productive, offers a better Rate of Investment (also known as ROI), and a cornucopia of ideas to aid the growth and success of the company. The opportunities for sections of society who are either missing or under – represented is now better than before.
Leading American insurance firm MetLife has an initiative called GLAM (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Associates and Allies at MetLife), launched in 2004 to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues, a network for its LGBTQ employees. Tech Mahindra has been taking strident measures to hire, train & retain its women employees, in an effort to minimise the gender disparity in its centres. Similarly, tech companies are now adapting their offices to incorporate persons with different abilities and hiring is on the upswing in their hubs of Gurgaon, Bangalore, and Hyderabad.
Gay activist Sachin, who works in the IT industry in the garden city of Bangalore says “The big MNCs in the IT industry are now embracing diversity and widening their talent pool. There are support groups within the organisation, so now the IT industry is less toxic than it used to be in the past”.
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