Why Women In Tech Should Network More To Further Their Careers

Ever since the IT boom of the ’90s, India’s tech landscape has transformed tremendously. While there were hardly any women in to be seen in this sector, now women occupy some of the most prestigious positions across organisations.

Even though the atmosphere has changed significantly, making it easier for women to express their voice and be heard at the workplaces, only a handful of women have managed to climb the corporate ladder unencumbered.

In fact, according to a 2018 study, of the 60% of Indian IT firms only 20% of women are at the C-Suite level.

Though organisations do act as a strong backbone by offering you plenty of avenues to meet peers and improve your industry knowledge, there are fewer women who utilise these opportunities when compared to their male counterparts. When it comes to networking, men are known to network aggressively for furthering their career while women tend to use it as a means for helping someone.

As more and more women aspire to take-up leadership roles, there are even lesser who are taking adequate steps like networking which could solidify their reach. It is an acknowledged fact that networking plays a crucial role in shaping one’s career, it is considered to be the one-way ticket for newer job offers, obtain more clients, acquisition and sale. Hence, there is a greater need for women to push their boundaries and network more.

Speaking about the need for women to network more Madalasa Venkataraman, Chief Data Scientist at TEG Analytics said, “When you take stock of the women data scientist in India, definitely there is a shortage of women in the industry. If anything, data science is one of the easiest jobs for women to get into provided they are connected with STEM. I believe this is happening because women do not network as well as their male colleagues do so, when you have a strong support structure, women need to take out time from what they are normally doing and interact and try to network more with their peers.”

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