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Jakarta Post

Pandemic leaves first-time jobseekers in limbo

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 17 2020   /  12:25 am

After almost five years fighting her way through an arduous mechanical engineering degree at one of Indonesia’s top schools, 24-year-old Tantya “Tya” Ani thought she could breathe a sigh of relief upon graduating in September last year.

She started seriously looking for jobs in December, applying for roles that would allow her to work onsite — defying the odds that have for a long timed sided with men in the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

According to UNESCO, only 35 percent of STEM students globally are women, but women’s representation in these fields is increasing, thanks to women like Tya.

However, it is not only sexist comments and harmful stereotypes, both of which she encountered at university, that have kept Tya from landing her dream job. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a public health and economic crisis, forcin...