We interviewed Kajali Agrawal, Automation Test Consultant at Sogeti UK on her experience and thoughts on women in tech.
I work as automation test consultant with Sogeti/Capgemini. My role involves working with different clients to ensure quality of their software product in time efficient manner. It involves understanding business requirement and creating test cases out of it and then automating those test cases and executing it on different versions of software product.
To be honest, software engineer world fascinated me in my childhood. I heard it from one of my classmates in school and at that time I decided to be one. And later on I got attracted to programming and how it works.
Yes, I did my Bachelors in Technology (B.Tech) in Computer Science.
Yes, I had around 5 years of experience in IT before this role. I have worked with product-based companies, first one is having B2B online e-comm and other one is having product named CRMNext. My role there were similar to the current one.
Yes, I do think so. While working with different companies/clients I have seen lower number of females in IT in comparison to male.
Yes, Companies and family members of female feel like IT is not suitable for them as they won’t be able to balance between work and family responsibilities, as IT or tech needs longer working hours.
More workshops at school level where young girls are deciding their career, it will help in developing their interest in IT. Apart from it, successful women in technology around should encourage them to choose technology.
Women in tech are not given equal opportunity for carrier growth as some people in tech think challenging tasks cannot be done by women.
Work life balance is also one of the barriers, not only to get into tech but also to continue in tech. I have seen many women couldn’t continue in tech after having babies, as they are not able to fulfil family responsibilities while working in tech.
Equal growth opportunities, work life balance and more women role models in tech can encourage women to start and continue a career in tech.
I would say don’t be affected by others opinion if you really feel like you can do it just go for It, keep learning keep growing.