Software engineer. Aspiration as Bangkit Student: Inclusive Education For persons with disabilities, inclusive education is really the enabling factor to step up. It equalizes chances toward a good career opportunity in the tech industry -the aspect of Bangkit that Fayyadh appreciates the most. “With Bangkit, in 5 years time I imagine myself as a Software Engineer. I love writing code that results in UI. It’s fun to see something I’ve created successfully! To better equip myself, I put Associate Android Developer certification as my ultimate target. I really don’t want to miss such a valuable opportunity offered by Bangkit.”(Fayyadh) Fayyadh and other persons with disabilities’ motivation on IT career, signals a glimpse of hope. A hope for more representation and inclusivity of persons with disabilities in the IT sector we’ve all been rooting for.
Because in fact, their presence in the tech
Domain is almost undetected. Zero. About 83% of persons with disabilities at work in Indonesia are in agriculture, forestry, fishery, trade, and other low-skill sectors (Welfare Indicators, BPS 2019). Consequently, on average they earn less compared to the non-disabled people. Challenge and Hope in the Learning Process Bangkit is a career readiness whatsapp number list program led by Google and supported by Gojek, Tokopedia, and Traveloka (founding partners from industry), as well as Deeptech (partner from non-profit organization). Falls under Kampus Merdeka initiative, Bangkit is fully supported by Dirjen Pendidikan Tinggi – Kementerian Pendidikan, Kebudayaan, Riset, dan Teknologi RI (DG of Higher Education – Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology). Joining Bangkit allows Fayyadh and 3,000 other determined students to get study credits (SKS) and, most importantly, acquire skills needed to be professional on leading tech companies.
The learning process is Bangkit filled with
Nothing but challenges. Fayyadh confessed that he’s still stuck at the Belajar Android Jetpack Pro submission at Dicoding -Bangkit’s curriculum provider. According to him, Android has so many difficult-to-remember theories or features, while he actually needs them to build an app. Therefore, he utilizes Dicoding’ Discussion Forum to find answers he’s looking for. Apart from that, he usually browses from Google Search or Stack Overflow forum. As for the Career Development learning path, Fayyadh reads the material given, right after the class. When it comes to Instructor-Lead Training at Google Meet or Guess Speakers sessions at Youtube, he activates the Caption feature. “I feel the materials and caption feature are enough for me. I’m happy to see the subtitles.” he smiled. Although his most recurring experience is reading the captions in Google Meet.