International Women’s Day 2019

Elsa Sudan – Solutions Manager, Melbourne

Elsa talking about what #balanceforbetter means to her…

Why do you think #balanceforbetter is an important message?

It gives younger generations a message that no matter your gender and background you should strive to be successful in any career you choose and you shouldn’t let social stereotypes get in the way. It also encourages woman already in typically male dominated industries to have the confidence to push through into more senior roles.

Women in technology are significantly underrepresented. What would your advice be to a woman starting out their career in a male dominated environment?

In a market that is constantly changing it is important your skills and knowledge stay on top of the game. Ensure you are upskilling in the latest technologies and keep top on of industry trends. You can do this by following relevant social media accounts and influencers, spend time reading and researching articles and blogs, take additional courses in new technologies, work on personal projects and more. You should also be attending meetups – this will not only give you great insight into the market but it will also give you the opportunity to network with likeminded and influential people in your industry. The information you get from attending meetups/conferences could be invaluable to your career – and you never know you could meet your next employer there!

Finally, how do you find balance in your own life?

Balance to me means different things. The first is finding a balance between my work and personal life. I work hard but the ability to also switch off and to focus on friends and family is also very important to me. I also feel we should have balance in nature too, so I believe living our lives in a way which has as little impact on the environment is also important. I like to educate myself and give back where I can.

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