We all know about Charles Babbage (1791-1871) for introducing the concept of a programmable computer. But only a few of us remember Ada Lovelace (1815-1852); world’s first woman programmer who wrote the first machine algorithm for an early computing machine that existed only on paper. And probably it was this hesitance to accept women as mathematician and programmers that it took centuries for the world to let women lead the space in programming. Even in this 21st century, biases still exist. While there are a lot of women being accepted in programming studies at a graduate level and higher, only a fraction of them get the opportunity to become professional programmers.
An article published in the WIRED stated that only “Only 17 percent of Google’s technical employees are women.” You may think that it was 2014 and we are talking statistics that evolves every hour. Well, the US Labour department recently demanded the internet giant to disclose documents for proof of diversity in technical recruitment.
Although India is way ahead in discouraging such gender gap, but it still has to go a long way in considering top places in IT leadership for women too. And how will that be achieved if small and mid size businesses are not recruiting more and more women programmers and investing in their career growth and development, in nurturing them as leaders? Thanks to the boom in the start-up industry that the convention is being challenged and more women programmers are recruited in significant roles.
Here at CEIPAL, as we continue to grow, we wish to partner in the growth of this very movement of recruiting more women coders/programmers. With rapid growth of the organization, we aim to mentor these women professionals to becoming significant contributors and influencers in the IT space. And as a witness to our calling, we introduce to you our women programmers who have made the management proud by their coding ingenuity and zeal to excellence. This week, we introduce you to Prathyusha Kondeti, Software Engineer, CEIPAL
Meet Prathyusha Kondeti working with CEIPAL for last 2 and half years. With a graduation in Electronics & Communications Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, Prathyusha did her MTech- Embedded Systems. “It is not the same thing every time and that is what excites me about coding. Coding demands creative, analytical and technical skills. We work toward a future that’s unseen and therefore it is always exciting for me to wait for the results. Coding is birthing”, says 26 year old Prathyusha Kondeti.
“It is not the same thing every time and that is what excites me about coding. Coding demands creative, analytical and technical skills. We work toward a future that’s unseen and therefore it is always exciting for me to wait for the results. Coding is birthing.“
On being asked about her comfort level at work, Prathyusha says, “It was a bit challenging in the beginning as there were a very few women programmers here. Sometimes, I would go on to discuss my ideas with my husband who is a finance professional, but it would be all Greek and Latin for him. Gradually, when my seniors started appreciating me, I kind of realized a comfort zone. Also, with more women programmers joining in, it was never short of fun and excitement to learn and deliver something new every day. You can say I am attached to coding and I aspire to be a leader in the space someday before I retire to set up my own business.”
In this short interview, Prathyusha recounts, “It is very endearing of the senior management to keep reminding me of creating TalentHire’s search engine. I was new and inexperienced, almost, but that didn’t deter my guts to deliver the work assigned to me.”
We wish Prathyusha the very best for her work-life balance and a lot of success for her future. If you have enjoyed this, and believe that organizations should recruit more women programmers, join the league, and leave your comments below. We wait to hear from you!!
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