BENGALURU: Pride Circle, an inclusion organization whose mission is to empower the LGBT + community (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender) hosts the third edition of RISE (Reimagining Inclusion for Social Equity) which is considered one of the Asia’s biggest job fairs and conferences, scheduled for May 4. In an effort to empower the community financially, the online job fair is expected to open employment opportunities to nearly 1,000 applicants who have registered. According to Srini Ramaswamy, founder of Pride Circle, many applicants are under 30, indicating that the younger generation of the LGBT community is struggling to break into the employment space.
“The pandemic has made things worse for job seekers and job givers. Companies struggle to train and manage logistics. However, the option of working from home has opened up a lot of opportunities and made it possible for people to work remotely. In addition, the gender identity crisis will take a back seat due to remote work options that will encourage more people from the LGBT community to register for employment, ”says Ramaswamy.
The career fair will be held on May 8, which will connect a talent pool from the LGBT community including students and experienced professionals with 44 national and international organizations such as HSBC, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, Uber, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Netflix, Novartis, Tata Steel, Twitter, etc. These organizations and others will meet and virtually interview over 1,000 shortlisted LGBT + candidates. So far, 12 vacancies have already been extended by some of these organizations.
Ramaswamy also believes employment opportunities for the community are gradually accelerating with many new service and product companies making a foray into the career fair. “This time around we have many new industries that previously had not made it to the job creation platform. This includes high-end OTT platforms, social media giants, automotive industries, pharmaceutical industry and a law firm, ”says Ramaswamy. To register, visit the Pride Circle website.