HerRising 2020 deep-dived into everything that India Inc is going through and growing through this pandemic
23rd Sep, 2020: It’s all virtual, and that’s as real as it can get it. Hiring trends are changing. Hiring requirements are changing alongside. As we turn this crisis into an opportunity, adapting to the change and growing from strength to strength, it’s clear as a bell that women’s participation in the workforce is more important today than ever before.
As part of her Keynote address at HerRising 2020 — India’s biggest virtual Career Fair and Conference organised by JobsForHer on Saturday, September 19th, Debjani Ghosh, President of NASSCOM pointed out, “The pandemic is forcing us to be comfortable in an uncomfortable situation.” Needless to say, women’s skills in crisis management are coming to the forefront during these challenging times.
Ghosh also highlighted the fact that there is never going to be a lack of job opportunities. They are merely getting displaced. “We will have more jobs than we have had in the past but they will require an entirely different skill set”.
And the biggest requirement? Companies are looking for trainable mindsets.
The ability to learn, adapt and move on with the changing times are the most important skills for job seekers to inculcate.
What are job seekers looking for?
Addressing the Conference in a panel discussion, Deepti Varma, Head – Corporate HR, APAC & Middle East, Amazon pointed out that “During the COVID-19crisis, women’s jobs have been affected 1.8 times more than that of men. The percentage of women’s workload has also gone up by 30% during the crisis, according to a McKinsey report”. Over 3500 women attend HerRising 2020 from across cities, and professions, with companies opening up more than 700 job opportunities through their virtual booths at the career fair, interacting with candidates, accepting applications and conducting interviews in real time — a sign that virtual hiring is here to stay and remote work is the future of work.
And with technology taking over almost every industry and job role, it’s important for women to upskill to stay in the game.
As rightly pointed out by Partha DeSarkar, Wholetime Executive Director and Global CEO, HGS women will have a greater role to play in how technology is shaped, which means, “Career opportunities in Tech, are limitless; you can rise as much as you wish to.”
The day saw a cross-section of women professionals from varied verticals, experiences, qualifications and skill sets connect with recruiters hiring across job roles.
Ending the day’s session was Leena Nair, CHRO & Member of the Unilever Leadership Executive: “For real progress, we need to support women to rise and we need to work with the men to help them understand why gender balance in the workforce is important.”
The event also had some of the biggest names in the industry Comment start on board like Incred, Citrix, PepsiCo, Goldman Sachs, Amazon, Ambit, Mastercard, Marvell, Providence, Advanced, KAS, Northern Trust, Micron
As Neha Bagaria announced at HerRising, “We need to change this crisis into an opportunity to accelerate women’s careers by leveraging opportunities such as remote working, push toward digitization and the need to have more women leaders in Corporate India.