TCS supports TechFuture Ambassadors to help popularise STEM careers in the UK
As part of the TCS supported initiative, increasing number of IT professionals are volunteering time to actively inspire young people in England about the exciting career opportunities in tech
Are techies geeks? Is coding too hard to learn? Is there more to their profession than just games and apps? To dispel the misconceptions young people often have about tech careers and to inspire them to take up careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is supporting the TechFuture Ambassadors programme launched by STEMNET and the Tech Partnership in the UK.
Under the TechFuture Ambassadors programme, tech and digital professionals from across the IT sector volunteer their time in schools across England to actively inspire young people about the exciting career opportunities in tech.
The programme is a national network of over 28,000 role models with STEM backgrounds. The volunteers get to interact with students and teachers through a number of interactive activities. Speaking about the TechFuture Ambassadors, Yogesh Chauhan, director, corporate sustainability, TCS, said the programme is aimed at showing “young people that there is a whole ecosystem that’s available to support them into an exciting career in tech”.
Ankita Jaitly, a consultant at TCS, is among those helping to set the record straight and show young people that a career in tech is not all about ‘geeks and games’.“As a STEMNET ambassador interacting with different students, I realised the misconceptions and stereotypes students have about careers in technology. Since I am in a non-conventional tech role, I feel I can influence and change that perception and hopefully encourage students to think seriously about a career in tech and science,” Ankita says about her decision to volunteer.
During the interaction with students and youths, the ambassadors show what goes on behind the scenes of technology that relates to their day-to-day life. “We show how Facebook and Google are harnessing huge amounts of data for advertising and marketing campaigns, how games and apps are made and the logic behind these activities and products so they see technology in a different light,” she says.
Lack of knowledge about the different facets of tech often prevents the students from making informed choices. “Students have to be made aware of the career paths that exist in organisations within IT, such as consultancy services, domain expertise, sales, pre-sales, project management, etc.” she adds.
Ankita plans to spread the word about TechFuture Ambassadors to enlist more tech and digital professionals to volunteer. “Each of us can contribute to helping the next generation make better informed choices. I believe if I can spread the word about the benefits of this within my organisation and to my social circle, it will create a chain reaction. If each of us can influence one person to join, we will have several ambassadors to help and mentor students,” she says.
With fewer and fewer youth opting for STEM careers, TCS wants more TechFuture ambassadors like Ankita to influence youth towards science and technology related fields of study. TechFuture is a bridge to the future.