Abhaya Chetana, Manager, Madox Technologies Pvt Ltd
Published by : Industrial Automation
Do workplaces of today provide equal opportunity in the true sense gender wise?
Most workplaces don't. However there is a wave of change that has begun and luckily it is spreading. Previously, I have had a chance to initiate one such change and now I work with an organization and team that believes in the equal opportunity.
Do women in general expect to be treated differently or are they ready for any challenge?
I would say a Yes and No to this question....We women form a bouquet of beautiful flowers, each unique in our own way. Some of us are fighters always ready for challenges with the ‘Bring it on attitude’ and some crave for special treatment.
For a woman, is a career in engineering more demanding than other streams?
I think it is no more demanding or less demanding that any other occupation. Yes, there are strong resistances, constraints and roadblocks that a women faces as an engineer that compared to that of a Doctor, teacher, etc. I myself have been a victim and also know a couple of women who have faced such resistances and have overcome them.
Many successful career women have on record stated that often they have shied away from challenges and regretted that later. What is your experience?
Yes, as a woman there are some choices you make and regret. I have had regrets, but they only made me stronger. I now choose to look at challenges in the eyes and say....Bring it on....I ain't getting weak or shy....any time soon.
How does India compare, in your view, with other developed countries in this respect?
India has a long road ahead....But the good thing is the Journey towards equality has begun and women are now empowering each other and themselves to start the ride.
What would be your message to young women entering the corporate world?
Hey Girl...Be the Change or Bring in the Change.....Rebel for what you deserve, fight for what you believe....Believe in yourself.
Abhaya Chetana is a Manager at Madox Technologies taking care of the Business Development and Operations for the Engineering Services provided by the organisation. Having worked with ABB and Yokogawa, she carries with her a vast experience of working in the Industrial Automation domain and cherishes more than 10 years of experience in providing Engineering Services, Engineering Solutions, Projects and People Management. A certified Lead Quality Auditor for ISO, she finds` pleasure in travelling and reading. Abstract painting and jewellery making help her unwind, re-energise and keep forging ahead.
This interview is part of a series conducted by Industrial Automation on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2018, to celebrate the success of women entrepreneurs and achievers in the industrial automation domain.