Japneet Kaur – Women who code
Japneet Kaur – Women who code
- Salima Chebbah
- December 28, 2018
Asians In Business aims to represent, inspire and support women pursuing career in Technology and more specifically coding.
Through news and updates, we plan to educate companies to better promote, retain and hire talented women. As well as share practical advice, access to programs and services for this growing community.
There is a rise in the demand for women programmers, partly because the software industry may have realised it is economically stunted by a lack of gender and socio-economic diversity and because women coders are considered to be very (very) good.
The good news is that there is a grass rooted movement and we are confident the women coders of the world will increase and make up at least 50-50 in tech teams in the very near future.
We are proud to be part of this momentous and much needed change!
Japneet is an AiB member, currently studying “coding” and kindly sat with our CEO Ashley Francis to discuss women in technology.
Japneet, you are just 21 years old, please tell us how long you have been programming and which languages you specialise in?
I have been coding since the age of 16. I started at school and still doing it now in my graduation year. So, it’s been a total of 5 years and I have learned Java, C and C++.
Can you tell us about your University in India and the women in IT?
I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Technology Degree at the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology. It is one of the 31 NIT’s (National institute of Technology) in India and is in the second tier of colleges after the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology). It is currently under the Ministry of Human Resource and Development of India and is funded by the Central Government.
The involvement of women in IT is at an all-time high in India. I have seen an equal number of men and women being recruited in that sector. At the same time, World-renowned companies are also launching campaigns and strategic drives targeted at women which have given a real boost and increased women’s participation in general.
Which country would you like to work in after you finish your degree in 2019?
I would love to start my career either in the UK, the US or back in India. A lot of companies have their head offices in the UK or US there and offer a good work-life balance which appeal to me greatly. In India due to its budding technology aspects, the IT sector is moving into many different interesting directions so it would definitely be nice to explore my interests there too.
Can you see yourself staying as a coder throughout your IT career?
“Once a coder, always a coder”, is what I believe in. It has helped improve my problem-solving skills over the years so I will still be coding ten years from now. There might be a variation in the amount of coding I do but I would definitely want to continue doing it. And I would also love to learn more languages.
Have your family encouraged you to study and have a career in IT?
My family is primarily a family of engineers, although I am the second member to go into IT. My parents have always promoted the use of computers at home and have motivated me to learn different languages and stay in touch with the upcoming technologies. They have been a constant support and I am incredibly thankful to them.