Techies Day: How technical translation services are making careers in tech more accessible
Techies Day takes place on 3rd October and was created to help high school students learn more about careers in technology. Over the years, the tech industry has found it a challenge to attract a wider pool of talent in under-represented groups, with the lack of sufficient female representation in the sector widely discussed. While several initiatives are in place to promote the opportunities available in the tech sector, there are still barriers the industry is working to overcome. In this blog, we discuss how translation can open up more opportunities in the tech sector…
A report by Engine Advocacy and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute in California (one of the world’s largest tech hubs) reported that, by 2030, jobs in the sector will continue to rise, with every high-tech job leading to the creation of four additional jobs. In the UK, as of 2019, it was reported that one million women are now in STEM roles. Despite parallel news that the number of women in engineering roles has doubled in the last 10 years, there is still much work to be done. This was highlighted by the Wise Campaign who noted that despite this apparent positive trend, the number of roles filled by women has flattened out at 16% since 2009.
This isn’t the only issue for the sector, as a survey earlier this year revealed that engineers felt that the biggest challenge currently facing the industry was the skills shortage. Having a diverse workforce with people from a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities offers industries a host of benefits including enhanced productivity, varied talent and a boost to employee engagement.
So, what part can technical translation services play in helping to tackle these tech challenges?
The tech sector operates according to its own language and technology-specific jargon is rife. This makes it an obstacle to those outside the industry to understand the opportunities available within. The tech sector is continually advancing and, as such, so is the language. To gain buy-in to tech careers, young people or those considering a change in career need to feel confident about what tech jobs entail and the sector-specific language used every day. Making sure the language is accurately translated where required is crucial. Having clear definitions of technical English in layman’s terms is also important.
Using technical translation services to attract global talent
It’s no secret that the current pandemic has changed the way we work and how companies operate. More businesses are open to remote and global recruitment, with a wider talent pool helping to attract the best talent into the sector from a variety of backgrounds. Naturally, this wouldn’t be possible without locally sensitive translations. These would be required from the offset and then throughout an employee’s career.
The items that may require technical translation services include everything from job adverts and employment contracts through to software user interfaces and product / user guides. Just some of the benefits of global recruitment include the opportunity to build your brand in other markets and gain a solid understanding of the local market.
Innovation and language
The tech industry is one of the most innovative sectors in business today. The typical skills required for a career in tech include great attention to detail, logical thinking and innovation and creativity. As such, translations for the sector must be accurate to precisely relay information. They must also be adaptable so that any new inventions or creative processes can be accurately conveyed. Communication is key to the operations of all businesses and, when it comes to tackling pertinent industry issues, accurate information is at the heart of success.
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