I find myself always having to prove that I am not a stereotype and that I am capable. It was not a straight graduate and then creative tech job route for me. Just to show that I am worthy of a chance and opportunity, I really had to work my way up. I had to start off my career as a toilet janitor upon graduating from university, then leading up to a personal assistant and only after almost 2 and half years getting a junior creative tech opportunity. Even then I still had to work a long way up to get to where I am. But I learnt to quickly identify allies to help you when times get hard or to speak up for you when you can’t as well.
Take every day as an opportunity to learn something new, to widen your horizons, and be open to networking and making connections. Sometimes, for us to get a seat at the table, we have to go all out and create a seat of our own. I’d also recommend to unabashedly share about your strengths and achievements, network, and ask for help. It will go a long way.
Being able to help more young females to break into the industry while starting a non-profit that democratises opportunities for under-served communities and refugees.