Despite the unique challenges women face daily, International Women’s Day makes me feel empowered, recognised and supported.
Equality and diversity has entered the conversation now more than ever; I feel lucky to be starting out my journey with SThree now, when there are so many successful and thriving female role models around me, both in my own office in Scotland and in my team around the world. Even though I am just entering my career at SThree I already feel part of something much bigger than I ever anticipated and feel excited about any opportunities the future may bring, where myself and other women can share our skills and ideas. At SThree I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with so many highly experienced individuals, and I feel trusted by my colleagues to carry out my responsibilities, and rise to any occasion.
I’ve always strongly supported women; growing up with three sisters in a feminist household taught me to always try to encourage and lift my female peers, recognising their strength and resilience. In light of International Women’s Day, this is something I believe I can and will bring to SThree, so we can meet our goals and surpass our challenges together.
I was excited to contribute this piece for International Women’s Day, as opportunities like this provide a platform for women to share their unique experiences, and I want to show other young women just starting out on their paths that they can do it, they can follow their dream jobs, and they are just as talented, skilled and knowledgeable as their male counterparts.
The one piece of advice I would give to any person starting out in their career is to not compare yourself to others; utilise your own strengths and push yourself to improve these. No two people are the same and you should showcase your unique personality.
This year’s International Women’s Day has made me reflect of the importance of a balanced workplace, where there are various diverse perspectives that can bring fresh ideas and insights, no matter their gender.
By Zara Safdar - Marketing Executive - SThree