Women are breaking bias and overcoming the challenges: Sharmila Khan, Director, Country HR Business Partner, Micron Technology
In an exclusive interaction with us, Sharmila Khan, Director, Country HR Business Partner, Micron Technology talks about the importance of upskilling, as it is not just critical for retention but also necessary to stay competitive.
Women are underrepresented in the STEM fields. Yet, it has been noted that women in powerful positions inspire other women to aspire to similar success in the technology sector, which is why it is crucial to acknowledge and honour female leaders in significant roles. In an exclusive interaction with us, Sharmila Khan, Director, Country HR Business Partner, Micron Technology talks about the importance of upskilling, as it is not just critical for retention but also necessary to stay competitive.
Here are the excerpts –
TechGig: What is your viewpoint on this year’s theme “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”?
Sharmila: On prima facie, it would appear that economic inequality between the genders has undergone significant change hence the gap must diminish however, the gap does not appear to be withering away of its own accord. If we agree to accept this then the question is what we (the industry) can do about it in the context of the organisation. Article 16 mandates equal opportunity in matters of public employment and Article 16(2) further states that no citizen shall on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, descent, place of birth, residence, or any of them, be ineligible for, or discriminated against in respect of, any employment or office under the State.
However, we still see gaps in our environment. We may have a policy of equal opportunity, but not affirmative action could leave Underrepresented group members perpetually constrained by historically practised discrimination.
There is a need for equal results in all areas of life, not simply equal economic opportunity. We need to talk more about the opportunity for all and the need to expand the opportunity.
TechGig: Are there any upskilling initiatives in your pipeline to retain talent mobility?
Sharmila: In the times when OpenAi’s ChatGPT and rapid technological advancement are/will change the job market and new skilled talent will be in constant demand. Upskilling is not just critical for retention but also necessary to stay competitive. Companies need to keep up with these changes and ensure that the workforce has the skills necessary to operate in a technology-driven world and maintain a competitive advantage. When Team members get the training, they need to continuously develop their skills, they are more engaged, motivated, and productive. At Micron, Micron University is our employee-facing hub for learning and powering the learner experience. Whether a Team member is new to Micron or a subject matter expert, we offer training for every stage of their career.
TechGig: What tech developments have you built to face challenges in the STEM field?
Sharmila: Technical training is key to keeping our engineers updated and up to speed on new technologies and interfaces. We spend a significant budget each year on technical learning modules and have great engagement and appetite for learning. We have a global Workforce Development Team which supports and extends training in a structured manner, and it covers new hires and experienced hires with a Training plan, boot camp, and on-the-job training. There is a continuous thrust on Technical Development and with Innovation as a driving force, we have many young campus graduates who are actively participating in disclosures, patents, and white papers early on in their careers.
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