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Equipped with AI and technology skills, women across Southeast Asia find latest profession opportunities 

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Equipped with AI and technology skills, women across Southeast Asia find latest profession opportunities 

Jidapa Nitiwirakun, 21, Thailand (Skills for Jobs)

When Jidapa Nitiwirakun was around one yr old, her mother noticed she wasn’t learning to walk. A health care provider diagnosed her with muscular dystrophy.

At 21, she’s been in a position to land a job despite the restrictions of living with the condition, including continuing to lose muscle strength every year. In September of last yr, she joined the human resources department of Toyota Tsusho’s Thai headquarters, living independently and dealing remotely from her home in Pattaya, on Thailand’s coastal Chonburi province. The corporate is the trading arm of the Japanese automotive giant.

Jidapa Nitiwirakun, Thailand. Photo by John Brecher for Microsoft. 

When she was growing up, Nitiwirakun said, “I had many dreams” – from owning a bakery to being a Thai-Japanese interpreter, since she was a fan of anime.

While on the Pattaya Redemptorist Technological College for Individuals with Disabilities, she was a part of Microsoft’s Skills for Jobs program, which teaches basic digital skills to those seeking to get a job, a promotion or perhaps a profession change. She studied digital skills for business, from coding to PowerPoint to AI. She interned with Microsoft Thailand, which boosted her confidence as she was roped in to coach employees in addition to clients to make use of Power BI. “I used to be excited and nervous,” she said.

A visit from recruiters from Toyota Tsusho led to a full-time job as an administrative officer of their human resources department last yr. She’s currently working on a project to trace the corporate’s carbon footprint, using Power BI, and does the graphic design for internal communications. She uses Dall-E from OpenAI to generate images, saving time. She uses AI tools at work, to assist with formulas for analytics on Power BI and to summarize information when searching on the net.

She continues to volunteer at her old college, “driving” her mechanized wheelchair forwards and backwards from her apartment 10 minutes away.

Every month, she gives money to her father, mother and grandmother and helps to pay for her brother’s university fees. “I’m very happy with myself that I can financially support my family,” she said.

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