International Women's Day: Empowering women in tech

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International Women's Day is on March 8, and this year we are celebrating with a campaign to put some remarkable women we partner with in the spotlight.

We speak to Bev Andrews, MEUUS Director, who provides some empowering advice to females within the tech industry. 

What would you say is your key career achievement to date?

The starting up of MEUUS – our change management consulting and training academy.  Together with a very respected colleague, MEUUS (think Me-U-Us and pronounced muse) has been many years in the making and an accumulation of many years of professional achievements, challenges and experiences.  To be in control of my own destiny and as sappy as it sounds, to wake up each day, feeling passionate about our work, it’s both exciting and scary at the same time!

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

Having been in the workforce for what feels like a long, long time, I have experienced many inequalities, but have seen this slowly balance out – however, we still have hurdles to overcome. 

For me, it has never been about gender but instead, learning from the best, and now with MEUUS, having the opportunity to give back.  As women we have so much to give. We’re sometimes criticised because we find it hard to say no, we feel guilty about blending career and family, and yet, here we are, giving and supporting, resilient and relentless.  Each of us are in our own unique way, superheroes. 

Having a day where we take the time to remind ourselves where we’ve come from, hear from other amazing women and generally, bask in our and other’s achievements.  Being asked to contribute in this interview – I’m humble but proud (the look of pride on my daughter’s face was and is priceless).  We don’t realise how powerful we are as role models; in every little and big thing we do…. each day!

What challenges have you faced?

Many – with a lack of confidence and originally being such an introvert, I suffered with self-doubt.  I’ve felt that I’ve had to constantly push myself out of my comfort zone (which meant many sleepless nights, sick tummy and ‘you can do it girl’ self-talk). I’ve owned every past experience, found something that I can learn and grow from and built resilience and a strong mind-set to become me and face these challenges head on.

If you were speaking with your younger self, what advice would you give her to thrive in the workplace?

  1. Back yourself - you have the answers
  2. Believe in yourself because you can do it 
  3. Trust your instincts 
  4. Anything worth having takes time, hard work and commitment

What’s the best advice another woman has given you?

When I was expecting my daughter and not too long to the birth, a colleague said to me, “people will visit and want to help – so let them. Friends won’t mind running the vacuum, making the tea or doing the dishes.  But only you can look after you, so make exercise, a quiet moment or cat nap as much as a priority as caring for your baby!”  Now that my daughter is grown up, I still live by that advice -  only you can look after your physical and mental health. 

What are your top three tips to achieving your goals?

  1. Learn about yourself – your strengths, what you do well, what you don’t enjoy,
  2. Always give discretionary effort – volunteer for focus groups, buddy a new employee, do the boring mundane tasks
  3. Have your plan with short, medium and long term goals, be flexible, focused and have fun.  

 

Bev Andrews is MEUUS Director based in Perth, Western Australia. To find out more: https://www.meuus.com.au/