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Jidapa Nitiwirakun, 21, Thailand (Expertise for Jobs)

When Jidapa Nitiwirakun was round one yr outdated, her mom observed she wasn’t studying to stroll. A health care provider recognized her with muscular dystrophy.

At 21, she’s been in a position to land a job regardless of the constraints of residing with the situation, together with persevering with to lose muscle energy every year. In September of final yr, she joined the human assets division of Toyota Tsusho’s Thai headquarters, residing independently and dealing remotely from her house in Pattaya, on Thailand’s coastal Chonburi province. The corporate is the buying and selling arm of the Japanese automotive large.

Woman in a wheelchair smiling
Jidapa Nitiwirakun, Thailand. Picture by John Brecher for Microsoft. 

When she was rising up, Nitiwirakun mentioned, “I had many desires” – from proudly owning a bakery to being a Thai-Japanese interpreter, since she was a fan of anime.

Whereas on the Pattaya Redemptorist Technological School for Folks with Disabilities, she was a part of Microsoft’s Expertise for Jobs program, which teaches fundamental digital expertise to these trying to get a job, a promotion or perhaps a profession change. She studied digital expertise for enterprise, from coding to PowerPoint to AI. She interned with Microsoft Thailand, which boosted her confidence as she was roped in to coach staff in addition to purchasers to make use of Energy BI. “I used to be excited and nervous,” she mentioned.

A go to from recruiters from Toyota Tsusho led to a full-time job as an administrative officer of their human assets division final yr. She’s presently engaged on a venture to trace the corporate’s carbon footprint, utilizing Energy BI, and does the graphic design for inner communications. She makes use of Dall-E from OpenAI to generate pictures, saving time. She makes use of AI instruments at work, to assist with formulation for analytics on Energy BI and to summarize data when looking on the net.

She continues to volunteer at her outdated faculty, “driving” her mechanized wheelchair forwards and backwards from her condominium 10 minutes away.

Every month, she offers cash to her father, mom and grandmother and helps to pay for her brother’s college charges. “I’m very pleased with myself that I can financially help my household,” she mentioned.

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