But diversity is essential for the progress of any technology. It fosters creativity and helps in developing inclusive systems. Considering that AI holds the potential to revolutionize different arenas and many automated decisions are going to impact our lives, it’s imperative that women tech professionals join the AI revolution.
The opportunities are many and women technologists must make the most of these opportunities to get ahead and advance their careers. How to get started? Here are some steps women can take to launch their journey to becoming AI professionals:
Take that online course, skill up
Whether you are a novice or a seasoned tech professional, there are several AI courses and certifications available online. Learn with Google AI or deep learning courses on Coursera, Udemy or Edx are just some of the examples. What’s more, these educational platforms offer a multitude of courses at affordable prices.
Implement what you learn. Start with small projects and accelerate to bigger ones as you practice. If you get an opportunity in your current organization, then take that up. If not, you could pick up freelancing AI development gigs. Having exposure to a good AI project will add weight to your resume and help in your career growth.
Join tech initiatives
Join tech initiatives like Grace Hopper Celebration India and leverage platforms like AnitaB.org India that are helping women to step up their career in tech. You could also join tech communities at your workplace or create one and have regular connects with other professionals. Such communities are a great place for discussions, knowledge sharing, finding a mentor and learning together with like-minded women in your field, as you move on in your career.
Watch out for job openings
Often, we tend to get influenced by the general perception about the job market and what we hear from our peers and friends. The truth is that there will always be jobs. It may take time to find the right job that is relevant to your skillset, but keep your technical resume ready and be on the lookout for opportunities. You could visit career pages of tech organizations where job openings are posted and apply directly if you see anything relevant for you.
Fight your demons
Even if you are not a technologist or an AI specialist, you could still consider gaining basic knowledge in the field. Don’t let personal inhibitions like “I am not a tech person” or “AI is just for data persons” stop you from building the AI skills that could help you land a great job.
AI is already pervasive—it’s becoming a part of our daily lives, and every business and industry. As companies move to a more digitally enabled workplace, it’s time that as a woman in tech, you start your preparation now to thrive in the future.