We need more women in tech!

Posted on 29/07/2016 by admin
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MEET OUR TRAINER: PINKY GAJJAR

Pinky Gajjar is an IT and web development trainer for Martin School of Design and Technologies in Sydney. She’s been working as a developer and teaching in this field for the last eleven years.

We interviewed Pinky about how she got into the field, her predictions for the next big tech movements, and her thoughts on working in such a male-dominated industry.

How did you get into IT and web development?

After finishing Year 12, Pinky studied a Bachelor of Engineering in IT and was interested in programming from the very start.

“I love to resolve logical, real-time case studies where you can analyse the problem and create the solution accordingly,” says Pinky. “That’s why I chose to start my career in software and website development.”

After engineering, Pinky worked as a web developer in one of the world’s largest multinational corporations before starting her own freelance website business to share her experience and skills.

What is your favourite thing about working in this industry?

“Well, I like programming in general and I like solving problems. I like looking at a system as a whole and fitting the pieces together,” says Pinky.  “The satisfaction of going from sketches and mock-ups to the final product is enjoyable. It’s like it’s a big puzzle in my head and there’s a drive to finish it, like an itch you have to scratch.”

What do you predict will be the next big movements in IT? Web design?

According to Pinky, technology will continue to evolve rapidly, with great improvements and shorter time spans as it becomes “more personalised, more customised and more customisable.” Below are a few of her predictions for the future.

– “Self-service and self-publishing are increasing,” says Pinky, “as is the functionality, ease of use, and diminishing size of technology devices.”

– “Interfaces will improve to where speech and handwriting recognition will be virtually flawless. Devices the size of today’s smallest phones will have projection capabilities that permit viewing on virtually any screen size, as well as through glasses and contact lenses.”

– “Cloud computing will seamlessly provide much of the necessary computing resources, including CPU, memory, and disk storage,” says Pinky. “Everyone will expect to access whatever computing and technology they require, wherever they are, whenever they need it.”

– “Some of the specific technologies that will be available will include three-dimensional virtual reality, large-scale three-dimensional printing, and services such as virtual home visits from family doctors.” Wow!

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What’s it like working in a male-dominated industry?

The short answer? We need more women in tech!

“According to theatlantic.com, there is a major disparity between men and women across the technology sector,” says Pinky. While 57% of occupations in the workforce are held by women, in computing occupations that figure is only 25%.”

Looking to the future, however, a tipping point is inevitable. With role models like Sheryl Sandberg (of Facebook), along with data showing the benefit of having more female tech employees, high school girls will start to “seriously consider a career in technology because it’s exciting, lucrative, and intellectually stimulating.” Maintaining the male-dominated status quo is simply unrealistic.

Hear that girls? Go for it. You could be lucky enough to have Pinky as your mentor!

A big thank you to Pinky for sharing with us.

Begin your dream career in IT today with Martin

To start your own journey toward a tech career, have a look at Martin’s technology courses, which include the Diploma of IT Systems Admin (ICT50315), the Diploma of Web Development (ICT50615), and the Diploma of Digital Media Technologies (ICT50915).

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Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/10/we-need-more-women-in-tech-the-data-prove-it/280964/ 

 

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