In October 2020, SWE conducted a survey of engineers and engineering students in India to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic was impacting their college and career plans. We received over 300 responses. Below are highlights from our findings. Download the full report here.
Impact of COVID-19 on College Students
While most students indicated that they had no intentions of taking any time off from their studies, 75% of students expressed concerns that the pandemic will delay their graduation date. Most were also concerned about the impact that this will have on their professional opportunities, such as the availability of internships.
College students concerns about impact on opportunities
Impact of COVID-19 on SWE Professional Members
Among working professionals, there was general satisfaction with the way employers had responded to the pandemic and communicated about their efforts to address COVID-19 concerns for employees. However, most men and women expressed concerns about losing their job, and though concerns about the ability to find another job if needed were high across genders, women were more worried about their chances than men.
Women reported significantly higher levels of care responsibilities than men, particularly involving childcare and educational responsibilities for their children.