International Women's Day is a day to celebrate and reflect on the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #EachForEqual – each one of us can help create a gender equal world.
Junior DevOps, Natalie, talks through her move into a male dominated industry and advice to thrive in the workplace.
My key career achievement to date would have to be securing a job in tech as a DevOps Engineer, and with that realising my own worth. I love being in the tech industry as it provides avenues to work toward equal opportunities for women, encourages diversity and is at the forefront of change and growth.
To me International Women’s Day is about recognising and publicising how far women have come, but also acknowledging that there is still a long way to go. It is a day to bring awareness to the inequality that still exists in the world.
Challenges I have faced mainly center around realising my worth, having confidence in myself and my abilities. I decided last year in January to undertake a complete career change, from business operations to tech. At the time, I was unhappy in my work, but also scared to leave my comfort zone. I am so incredibly grateful that I took the leap. Not only has it paid off immensely, but it has also helped me realise that the limitations we set on ourselves are often the most debilitating, therefore they are most important to overcome.
I would tell my younger self to:
I have many amazing, strong and confident women in my life. The best advice given to me was to not spend precious time worrying about what other people think of me - as long as I have a clear idea of my values, live my life with kindness and integrity, the right people (and happiness) will find me.
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