Women in data nepal
Women constitute 52% of Nepal’s population and are actively driving innovation and growth in various sectors and areas of Nepal’s economy and society. As the power of women in society grows, so does the importance of data to inform their everyday lives and decisions whether it is about choosing where to go to college, what job to pursue or what business to establish. Despite this importance, women are significantly underrepresented in data related fields and science in Nepal, the fastest growing area of jobs globally.
Nepal’s first Women in Data Conference on February 23, 2019 with the theme डाटा शक्ति नारी शक्ति – ‘where two superpowers meet’ will bring together inspiring women speakers, influential panelists, data professionals and aspiring young women in a one-day event to celebrate women working in data. The Conference will highlight the achievements of women that work with data and will advance further female inclusion in the growing specialism of data. Blending inspiration with practical sessions and networking, the Conference will provide the opportunity for women at every stage of their career to discuss important data trends; problem-solve barriers to female inclusion; learn new data skills; and build their professional networks. The Conference will be followed by two days of interactive training opportunities for those who wish to learn or improve their practical data skills.
The Women in Data Conference Nepal is organized by the Data for Development (D4D) in Nepal Program and various of its partners. The D4D in Nepal Program is implemented by The Asia Foundation in partnership with Development Initiatives with funding by the UK Government’s Department for International Development.
Tips to work in the field of Data
Finding Career Opportunities
Where to start? Firstly, it is important to know that data is not a sector in itself but a resource and skill-set fundamental to all other sectors. Working with data is a vital specialism that drives research, decision-making, accountability, technology, science, and business. Career opportunities therefore cross a wide range of industries and sectors, including business, government, civil society, media, academia, health, agriculture, tech, commerce, etc.
Typical data jobs might include researcher, data analyst, data scientist, data engineer, statistician, etc. There are also careers which would benefit from strong data skills, such as journalism, project management, IT development, marketing, financial services, hospitality etc.
Career opportunities can be discovered at online web portals (such as https://www.jobsnepal.com/ and merojob.com), in national daily newspapers and at job fairs. Organisations will often also advertise jobs on their websites and promote them via their newsletters and social media. For example, you can follow the organizations in the Open Nepal community (www.opennepal.net) to keep an eye on job announcements. In-person networking is also an important source of jobs. You can grow your networks via attending industry events, joining meetup groups, volunteering with relevant organisations etc. Online networking via linkedIn, twitter, facebook and participation in online industry forums and googlegroups is also a great way to find out about jobs and promote yourself to employers.
Internships constitute an important entry-point to get first-hand experience in working with data and gain insight what it is like to be part of a professional environment. Internship positions are most often announced on company websites, but many organizations also welcome unsolicited applications for internships so be proactive and reach out!
A key tip to finding and securing job opportunities is to never stop learning. Continuous learning is essential in the constantly evolving specialism of data. Keep your knowledge up-to-date by reading the latest reports released in your chosen field, subscribing to newsletters from influential organisations, watching youtube and TED videos, following trend setters on social media, attending industry events etc.
Applying for Jobs
The following tips will help you strengthen your job applications:
- Learn about data in Nepal: is good to familiarize yourself with what is happening in the area of data in Nepal. The www.opennepal.net is a great resource and provides a good starting point to learn more about open open data and about the work that various organizations are doing on open data in Nepal. In addition, the www.d4dnepal.org website contains useful background information and materials on various data projects in Nepal.
- Equip yourself with data skills – There are a huge range of free online courses that teach data skills (e.g. excel, stata,spss, data science etc.), ranging from basic skills training to indepth university level MOOCs. Some good places to start looking are:
- Have tangible products that demonstrate your skills – Evidence that you can apply your skills will support your application. Depending on your area of specialism this could be relevant internship experience, a research paper, an opinion piece, a website or app that you have developed, etc. If you have none yet then perhaps publish some blogs that demonstrate your skills and initiative.
- Tailor you Curriculum Vitae – Your CV should be tailored to each position and organisation you send it to so that it demonstrates how you meet their requirements. Your CV should be no more than 2 pages, should be grammatically perfect, and should be clearly laid out. Let friends or family review your CV to ensure there are no mistakes.There are lots of other tips online about what makes a good CV – make sure you read them!
- Tailor your cover letter – Your cover letter should also be tailored for each application – research what the employer is looking for and use your cover letter to demonstrate why you want the job, what makes you a good candidate and what you could bring to the position that you apply for. Refer to specific experiences or examples of your work that will help your application stand out.
Going for Interview
If you have got to the interview stage then congratulations! This is your opportunity to shine, and the following tips will help you prepare:
- Research the organisation first so that you can demonstrate your understanding of their work and your interest in their goals. Come ready with your questions for them about their work.
- Prepare key selling points that articulate clearly and succinctly why you are a good candidate and the reasons why you want the job.
- Practice your responses to common interview questions and rehearse with friends or family until you are confident. Refer to specific examples of achievements if possible.
- Make sure to look professional and be on time.
- Think positive – you can do this!
Women in Data Profiles
Program Officer (Consultant)Data for Development in Nepal Program The Asia Foundation "I used to think that data wasn’t for me, but by working with data, I realized how data was important for everything"
Program Officer (Consultant) Data for Development in Nepal Program The Asia Foundation "A statement could be a myth, data is true! Data is the power that allows you to validate and decide"
Research Associate YUWA "As a research enthusiast, I firmly believe in the crucial importance of data in evidence-based planning and advocacy; if development sector is an automobile, then data, for me, is the gasoline which is indispensable for its smooth functioning."
Data Apprentice Bikas Udhyami (Nepal in Data) “Data is everywhere, one just needs to know where to find it and for what purpose you want to use it.”
Business HeadICRA Nepal "It's difficult to find updated data in Nepal"
MEL Officer Foundation for Development Management "Open data is a fact, not an opinion."
Program Officer Bikas Udhyami “Working in research-based web content writing and visualization, data is critical for me to be able to communicate key messages based on facts and evidence in ways that people can understand and relate to them.”
Data Visualization Apprentice Bikas Udhyami (Nepal in Data) “Visualization of data is an art of communication. The right choice of communication of data can deliver a powerful message ensuring effective impact.”
Dr. Prativa Pandey
Founder and CEO Catalyst Technology "Data in any form or scale are fundamental to logical reasoning and decision making. If interpreted properly, good data can give answers to even the most 'difficult' questions".
Project Officer Young Innovations " I believe life is short so work with data to learn and grow while seeking the right answers."
Research Manager Interdisciplinary Analysts (IDA) "Let us unearth why when a women becomes a president of something or somewhere, rather than referring to her in the most professional and majorly acceptable term, President, we call her the "Woman President". Are then the seats in certain positions reserved for men while the women get a folding chair? Let's talk data. Let's talk designing of data. Let us contextualize the data and cast aside the reserved folding chairs. "
Research Associate "Research on certain thing makes you curious and data drives you to solve that curiosity. Data provides information and helps you to believe in your opinion. It makes you stronger by handing over the power to act and argue with the support of adequate accurate information on various sectors and scenarios.
Program OfficerClean up Nepal "Data driven decision making is important in any organization to get a good result."
Founder Aamo Nepal "Open data will give me access to information to go forward with my business."
Director of Data OperationsDeerwalk Inc. "To understand the scenario we have to understand the data..."
Communications Associate World Bank "Data is the most important ingredient for decision making."
Co-founder/CEOWomen in STEM Nepal “Data is the ubiquitous resource and has the power to drive social change."
Prakriti Shree Adhikary
Research AssociateInter Disciplinary Analysts "Data is powerful as data and information can be turned into good insights."
Intern Interdisciplinary Analysts "Data provides information that amplifies our understanding of various subject matters."
Co-founder Green Growth Group pvt. Ltd. "If utilized well, there is nothing as powerful as data and information."
President Nepal Disabled Women Association "There have been many developments in the field of technology. Various private and government organizations have developed applications and data based scoring systems, but these are not accessible to disabled persons."