We cannot just sit down and wait until the issue of gender imbalance in tech industry unfolds itself! Since there have been discussions on how to get more women to join tech or STEM sector, the problem of women’s inability to imagine themselves in the industry still persists. Brush away the stereotype of “brogrammer” in your own dictionary, because tech or STEM industry is just another chance for you to richen yourself and here are why you should consider to take part there!
Plenty of tech-related jobs are required to fill in Southeast Asia. This year alone, it was reported, Southeast Asia has been in high demand for tech workers due to newly-emerged roles in the tech job market since many Southeast Asian companies now develop their tech capabilities to compete in each sector. Based on the Monster Employment Index; countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines show significant increases in the demand of tech professionals through online hiring.
The Money Won’t Hurt
We understand, especially for working mothers whose needs are ranging from domestic or household until personal necessities, you want to have a healthy bank account to fulfill your needs—not to mention if you also support the household along with your husband or other family members as a provider. With the rapidly growing digitalization era, the tech jobs dominate the list of highest-paid jobs in Asia. So, when you find out if you are enthusiastic enough about the prospect of working in STEM industry, you should also consider the salary offer, beside other benefits that might be provided by the companies.
You Build a World that Works for All
Tech jobs are meaningful. Imagine you can improve the lives of millions by creating ride-hailing apps that enable everyone to order metered taxi in no time, trusted and trackable. Imagine you can be part of robotics creation where it can be a very important discovery in health sector. You can keep imagining, as you would create a new world for everyone. It is indeed very rewarding and meaningful as you can experience the sense of helping others while generating money for you at the same time!
In the world where tech or STEM industry is still seen as a male-dominated sector, your presence would be very appreciated. Everyone is aware that uneven gender gap in tech industry is a problem to be deeply concerned nowadays, so that any female professionals in STEM industry are seen as minorities who need to be taken care of more than the male counterparts. However, we do not recommend you perceive this as your personal benefit, in fact, it is a wider chance for you to voice your idea, perform your unique skill-set, and to inspire other women to join the industry.
You can be the Hero
In relations to our previous point, pursuing a career in tech or STEM industry would also enable you to take part in closing the gender pay gap in the sector. Not only that, actually educating and involving more women in or to tech industry would improve the global economic development—based on the Council of Foreign Relations. Remember that we, women, are just as capable of programming as our male colleagues, sometimes it is the stereotype that turns into deeply-believed barriers that deter us from joining the sector.
So, ladies, what else do you want to get from a job? In STEM industry, you can get more opportunities, money, appreciation, as well as plant seeds of good deeds—You see, an industry has never been this empowering! Well, as quote from John Barrow says: if you never try, you will never know what you are capable of!