What Should Women Do to Adapt with the Industrial Revolution 4.0?

On March 23, 2017

On March 21, 2017, Center for Education and Development (CED) and Microsoft Vietnam co-hosted the “Women and Technology” seminar to share career opportunities for women and girls as the Industrial Revolution 4.0 is going strong.

20 girls received Microsoft YouthSpark scholarships from universities in the North Vietnam meet four guests coming from US Microsoft Headquarters

Females working in the information technology field only account for about 30% and are especially absent in leading roles.

We are strongly stepping into the fourth Industrial Revolution (4.0 Revolution) – an era of breakthrough in the field of science and technology. The digital transformation is increasingly blurring the line between different professions, especially those related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The bad news is that women are likely to be disproportionately negatively affected, according to a World Economic Forum study. For these reasons, Microsoft has launched campaigns to raise community awareness of gender equality in the profession and to encourage women to engage in occupations that are biased toward men such as information technology. They want to help women to contribute more in promoting innovation and to advance globally.

Dr. Daiana Beitler – Asia Regional Director (second from left to right) encourages women to overcome mental and physical barriers to pursue their passion for science and technology

Dr. Daiana Beitler – Asia Regional Director (second from left to right) encourages women to overcome mental and physical barriers to pursue their passion for science and technology

Dr. Daiana Beitler – Asia Regional Director (second from left to right) encourages women to overcome mental and physical barriers to pursue their passion for science and technology.

In the MakeWhatsNext campaign, the “Women with Technology” seminar was organized for 20 students studying Computer Science and Information Technology at universities in northern Vietnam. They had the chance to talk with representative from Microsoft Vietnam and 4 female directors from US Microsoft headquarters: Yvonne Thomas – Global Director of YouthSpark Programs – Microsoft, Dr. Daiana Beitler – Asia Regional Director – Microsoft Philanthropies – Microsoft, Kelli Gabbert – Global Program Manager – YouthSpark Programs – Microsoft, and Tracy Kennedy – Director of Marketing – Microsoft.

Pham Thi Thu Huong, a student from the Faculty of Information Technology, VNU University of Engineering and Technology share "I was born in a countryside, therefore, in a girl's mind, IT is not a priority and study options. But my dad changed my mind and encouraged me to pursue this field.

Pham Thi Thu Huong, a student from the Faculty of Information Technology, VNU University of Engineering and Technology share “I was born in a countryside, therefore, in a girl’s mind, IT is not a priority and study options. But my dad changed my mind and encouraged me to pursue this field.

Pham Thi Thu Huong, a student from the Faculty of Information Technology, VNU University of Engineering and Technology shared, “I was born in the countryside, therefore, in a girl’s mind, IT is not a priority and study option. But my dad changed my mind and encouraged me to pursue this field.”

 So busy that she would just wave bye to her husband while in a taxi or would throw the house key through the window, but she did not give up and quit her job.

*NOTE: she waves bye to her husband while in the taxi and throws the house keys through the window*

Dr. Daiana Beitler – Asia Regional Director shared her story when working in the IT field. She had to encounter many difficult situations about arranging her time. Sometimes, she was in such a hurry that she would just wave bye to her husband while in a taxi or would throw the house key through the window. She and her husband must also accurately assign on  who cooks the meal that day, who looks after their child or who takes their child to the hospital, and so on.

Ms. Yvonne Thomas said that before working in this position, as a trainee, she participated in many activities and did many different jobs. She always tried her best to develop herself. She advises young people to always be prepared for new challenges and new jobs and to have confidence..

“We want to encourage women to overcome mental and physical barriers to pursue their passion for science and technology. The fact is that women have made important contributions to STEM, “said Dr. Daiana Beitler.

Ms. Tô Kim Liên (Director of the Center for Education and Development) received gifts from the guest.

Ms. Tô Kim Liên (Director of the Center for Education and Development) received gifts from the guest.

Ms. To Kim Lien (Director of the Center for Education and Development) received gifts from the guest

Conclusion

The career path is not always a straight line, it can be a detour. People can try many jobs, many things related to their majors andfinally they will find the work they really want to do. “We look forward to the graduates who have graduated from this field and continue to work and pursue the field you are trained in. If you find it difficult to get a job, then please do not give up and not pursue anymore. That wastes your times, talents, and resources in education.” – Ms. To Kim Lien, Director of Center for Education and Development concluded.

If you find it difficult to get a job, then please do not give up and not pursue anymore.

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Phuong Bui