Six Reasons For More Aussie Women To Join The Tech Industry

The significance of gender diversity in the workplace is no secret and nowhere is the gender divide more apparent than in the tech sector.

This has long-term implications for the tech sector as studies show that the more diverse perspectives there are in the room, the better the ideas, outcomes and ultimately the bottom line.

The recent Women in STEM Decadal Plan found only 27 per cent of girls in Australia are likely to undertake science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects in school – the lowest of all Asia-Pacific countries.

“The future of work will be dominated by STEM, but there is a huge shortage of these skills in Australia, with many organisations looking overseas to hire top tech talent,” says Rachel Gately, Co-Founder of Australian advanced machine learning company, Trellis Data. “The IT industry has long been dominated by men, but with digital technologies becoming more prevalent, there’s never been a better time for women to consider a job in the tech sector.”

If you’re thinking about a career in tech, here are six things you need to consider:

Financial stability

The technology sector often tops lists for high salaries and job opportunities – Seek’s latest data found ICT had the jobs with the highest pay in Australia. With COVID-19 forcing organisations to embrace digital, technology jobs are now in a stronger position compared to many other industries. The Federal Government is also investing over one billion dollars in the nation’s technology and innovation capabilities, so not only is there good money but job security is also assured. With strong demand for tech talent, there is more scope for women to build a career and progress quickly.

Work-life balance

There’s been a significant shift in work culture in recent years, with parents sharing responsibilities and employees expecting better work-life balance. Businesses now offer greater support for women, allowing them to work from home, part-time, or even providing on-site childcare.

Workplace flexibility has also accelerated over the last 12 months due to the pandemic. This means there is greater opportunity for women to not just enter the tech industry, but to reach senior positions.

According to Gately, “Providing work-life balance is no longer a perk for employers but a must-have. We encourage staff to work the hours that they’re most productive. Some leave work early to coach their kids in sport or pick-up kids from school. Others start late because they prefer to work later. Having women in leadership ensures this attitude towards flexibility is ingrained in company culture.”

Technology needs women

Despite a growing number of jobs in STEM, only a quarter of graduates in technology in the developed world are female – even though more women have degrees than men. So, there is a huge window for women to bridge the gender divide. Science has also found that women have higher intuitiveness and empathy than men, which are traits often missing when developing tech products – female led innovation creates tech with more people in mind. In fact, women are found to be better at connecting tech with business outcomes – according to Fortune, women-led companies have historically performed three times better than those with male CEOs.

Never get bored

We know that technology moves fast. The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report found 65 per cent of children starting primary school now, will have jobs that don’t exist yet. This digital future means there is always something new to learn, and scope to get creative to find new solutions. “A career in tech means you’ll never be bored,” says Gately. “We’re always looking for fresh ideas, so my staff have creative freedom to invent and discover new things in technology and machine learning – we specifically set aside time for this each week. It helps foster an environment where people can constantly learn and where everyone has a voice.”

Change the world

Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the internet of things aren’t just transforming businesses but also being used to improve lives. In Russia, Impulse Neiry is using world-first neural interfaces to detect neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s several years in advance, and NASA technology is being used to conserve endangered whale sharks. Tech companies such as Google are also now leading investments in clean energy. There are so many ways to help people, animals and the planet using tech, and women have the potential to be a part of it.

Empower other women

According to a Microsoft survey, girls in the US consider tech careers at age 11 but lose interest soon after, with many blaming a lack of female mentors and gender diversity. With more women taking on STEM roles, we have the power to challenge the status quo and increase the voices of women in the industry. By considering a career in tech, you can empower more young girls to get involved. As a woman in tech, you have the opportunity to present in public forums, share your story with others and raise your profile in the industry.

Rachel Gately

Rachel Gately is the Co-Founder and Director of Operations at Trellis Data, a leading Australian advanced Machine Learning firm.

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Investing In India’s Women Can Unlock The Country’s Economic Potential

India has the world’s fastest-growing major economy and a well-educated workforce that’s expected to soon pass China’s in size. Still, I can’t shake the notion that in the race for global economic leadership, India is running with just one shoe.

India has the world’s fastest-growing major economy and a well-educated workforce that’s expected to soon pass China’s in size. Still, I can’t shake the notion that in the race for global economic leadership, India is running with just one shoe.

I say that because nearly half of the country’s working-age population is being left behind. According to the World Bank’s May 2017 India Development Update, India has among the lowest female labor force participation rates in the world, well below what would be expected for its level of income and what is observed in neighbors such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Despite college graduation rates of around 42 percent, the percentage of women in the workforce has been dropping since 2005. What’s more, India is home to the highest number of illiterate women in the world. There are more than 3 million eligible, yet out-of-school girls throughout India. And almost 40 percent of girls aged 15 to 18 years drop out of school and college.

The World Bank suggests India’s GDP growth could surge more than a point if India closed just half of the labor force participation rate gap it has with Nepal. It makes one wonder how powerful India could be if its women’s workforce participation was on par with its men’s. The impact would be unquestionably huge.

For India to compete effectively on the global stage and realize her full potential, businesses need to help and invest in high-impact solutions now—solutions that enable girls and young women to access quality education and develop the skills needed to succeed.

Mumbai city, India

Deloitte recently committed to do just that. Through financial support, pro bono work and engaging with NGO partners, we intend to help drive transformational change and positively impact 10 million women and girls by 2030. This investment is aligned with WorldClass, Deloitte’s organization wide ambition to help 50 million people succeed in the new economy by enabling access to education, skills development and job opportunities.

Through WorldClass in India, we’ll collaborate with organizations that share Deloitte’s vision and can help us put our talent and experience to work. The first two of those organizations are Katha and Pratham, which are improving the learning outcomes of millions of women and girls in schools and communities across India. By pursuing collaborations with nonprofits such as these—as well as government and other businesses—we are better positioned to help bridge the gap between the abilities people have and the skills employers need.

That’s critical in a world on the brink of a seismic shift with the emergence of Industry 4.0. To thrive in it, concerned and capable entities must work together so that all the world’s people have opportunities to achieve their full human potential. This will allow more people to access opportunities and improve the communities where they live and work.

And when we educate women and girls, especially in places like India, we can positively impact entire families. We also know when women are empowered to participate in social, economic and political decision-making, they are more likely than men to invest in their children, families and communities. That can be a catalyst for long-term, sustainable change and have a positive impact on the next generation of talent.

We have a tremendous opportunity to make a meaningful impact in India by creating pathways for women of all ages to fulfill their aspirations. When that day comes, India will be able to race ahead at full speed, without impediments. The prospect of that happening is promising not just for those who’ll benefit directly, but also for India and the world.

Deloitte Global CEO

Punit is in his 31st year with the Deloitte organization and became CEO of Deloitte Global in June 2015. Deloitte operates in 150 countries, with more than 244,000 professionals. Punit is also a member of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors. Punit most recently served as Chairman, Deloitte LLP (US member firm) from 2011-2015. As chairman, Punit led the board in providing governance and oversight on priority matters such as firm strategy, operations, risk mitigation, and talent development.

 

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