Medical rep job for Mr Sinha, born a girl
Kolkata: Trishan Sinha, Rahul Mitra, Rudra Dutta and 10 others are set to make a fresh start in their work lives. They are in a group of 13 trans-persons, born female but who identify as male, training with a Kolkata-based pharma firm for two months now to be medical representatives (MRs).
It is a milestone in many ways, but especially for transpersons who face ridicule and for whom securing mainstream jobs where their trans-status is accepted is a huge deal. The company has taken the initiative as part of its CSR engagement. The acceptance has already had a positive impact. “Looking male and identifying as male... a lot of psychological weight has lifted,” said Trishan, 35.
Iwas afraid to use the men’s washroom when I worked as sales executive for a month. I faced jibes, sexual harassment and had to opt for the women’s loo,” recalled Niv Haldar, 25. “But the women were also hostile. I had to quit.”
Rahul, 38, said it was great to finally be referred to by the correct pronoun: “At the training, we are referred to as ‘he’. It feels great.” He earlier worked as a physiotherapist. “But the patient’s family politely asked me to discontinue. They were transphobic.”
Sanjiban Sarkar, the pharma company’s technical head and the person spearheading the training, believes it is key that the group of 13 is trained to go out to the world with confidence and requisite sales skills. They all have the required education for the front-end job, Sarkar said.
The subjects covered at the training are personality development, a summary of medical sciences like anatomy, physiology, basic pharmacology, pharmaceutical technology and pharmaceutical marketing management. A stringent evaluation process is also part of the three-month schooling, at the end of which the trainees must appear before prospective employers for written tests and interviews.
The trainees are also being trained to make people feel comfortable. “We’re asking them to be themselves when they face stereotypes and not hide their status, if asked. Just being yourself is enough to challenge the stereotype,” said Poddar.
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A group of trans-persons being trained in Kolkata to become MRs