International Women's Day 2022

Every year on March 8th we celebrate International Women's day.

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This year for Women’s Day we decided to ask some of our female colleagues about their work experiences and who inspires them. Read all of the interviews below: 

Angélika, Backend Developer
 
  • Would you describe your field as “male-dominated”?

Yes, I think a great deal of this is due to men, in general, being more attracted to this type of work. To change this, we should encourage girls to consider STEM degrees.

  • What led you to a career in this field?

I think it’s really important to find a career that you enjoy.

After all, you’ll likely spend eight hours or more a day, five days a week, at your job. For this reason, I wanted to work on something that I was passionate about, something creative, something that would allow me to develop the ability to think logically and solve problems. Engineering met all these requirements.

  • What advice would you give to another woman looking to join this field?

Probably the best advice that I can give is: Don’t be intimidated, get out of your comfort zone, and defend your opinion.

  • Who is a woman (past or present) that you admire and why?
Marie Skłodowska Curie opened many doors for women in STEM fields. She was the first woman to ever win a Nobel Prize and the first woman to win the award in two different fields. She demonstrated her feminism with her actions and she is still a good role model for female scientists.
 
Chisato, Head of Compliance
 
  • Would you describe your field as “male-dominated”? 

I don’t think so. I’ve even seen an article that said that there are more female compliance officers than males, and I actually agree. 

  • What led you to a career in this field? 

I’d say my seniors when I was a graduate. I started my career doing operations at a bank working with compliance officers & seniors there. They always listened to opinions from other departments and at the same time, they had great attention to detail when it comes to their job. I really enjoyed working within such a professional environment and am still here today!

  • What advice would you give to another woman looking to join this field? 

If you are detail-oriented, organised and, maybe most importantly, if you like reading, I think this job is for you regardless of your gender.

  • Who is a woman (past or present) that you admire and why? 

My mother. She is a so-called ‘working mom’ who has pursued her professional career in the financial industry while being a mother of two children. In her generation, the financial industry in Japan was a real male-dominated world and it must have never been easy on her. I admire that she had never given up on anything and managed to take on everything that was important to her life.

Gabi, Compliance Analyst
 
  • Would you describe your field as “male-dominated”?

I wouldn’t say it is. It is really 50/50. 

  • What led you to a career in this field?

I always liked helping people which is partially what my career allows me to do. It makes me feel good knowing that I can add my part in blocking bad guys (and girls) from taking advantage of weak.

  • What advice would you give to another woman looking to join this field?

Join it if you feel like you like analysing and you can see both a detailed and a wide picture of things happening around you.

  • Who is a woman (past or present) that you admire and why?

I admire every goodwill, peaceful and easy-going woman and man on my way that can inspire me to smile and see the colours of life  However, I would definitely add a photo of my beloved grandmother (Ramute) as she explained to me the importance of being a good and honest woman and person.

Lujain, Junior Business Analyst
 
  • Would you describe your field as “male-dominated”?

I would say so. The vast majority of developers I work with are male.

  • What led you to a career in this field?

Having studied economics at university I found FinTech an innovative and new field. I started as an intern and I’m happy to continue working at sync full time.

  • What advice would you give to another woman looking to join this field?

It’s important to be confident in your abilities. Women are more likely than men to underestimate themselves and I think it’s important not to.

  • Who is a woman (past or present) that you admire and why?

Hedy Lamarr is a woman I admire for her important inventions that were the basis for the creation of modern-day wifi and Bluetooth technology.

Mayca, Business Analyst
 
  • Would you describe your field as “male-dominated”?

Yes, I’d say so!

  • What led you to a career in this field?

My strong desire to improve and grow professionally. I love technology and I like Finance, and both together are amazingly beautiful.

  • What advice would you give to another woman looking to join this field?

You will love it!

  • Who is a woman (past or present) that you admire and why?
I admire Kathrine Switzer – American marathon runner, author, and television commentator. She was the 1st  woman in history to run a full marathon officially registered with a bib number (she got it registering as KV Switzer).

During the race, the organization staff tried to stop her and grab her bib number, but they couldn’t because some other runners and her boyfriend protected her. she finished the race. I admire her because of her courage, and she was an example of strength too, demonstrating not only men are able to run.
Sehirsh, Customer Support Specialist
 
  • Would you describe your field as “male-dominated”

I believe customer service is mostly female-dominated.

  • What led you to a career in this field?

I’m a people person, so working in customer service has always been a natural fit for me. I get a great deal of satisfaction out of helping to solve problems, so a customer service position lets me do just that. Working in customer service can be extremely rewarding since you are able to help people resolve their queries.

  • What advice would you give to another woman looking to join this field?

I believe the 3 important qualities of a customer service centre resolves around three “p”s: professionalism, patience, and a “people-first” attitude. Although customer service varies from customer to customer, as long as you’re following these guidelines, you’re on the right track.

  • Who is a woman (past or present) that you admire and why?

Prof. Sarah Gilbert – There are many women who I admire but, at the moment, the women that are really inspiring for me are those who are leading the fight against covid 19 and Professor Sarah Gilbert is one of them. She is one of the leading scientists who designed the Oxford vaccine. She also led the development and testing of the universal flu vaccine, led the first trial of the Ebola vaccine. I admire her hard work, determination, intellectual and problem-solving ability under huge pressure where the stakes are extraordinarily high

Sheila, Product Designer
 
  • Would you describe your field as “male-dominated”?

Of course, during my first years on Design teams, there were 6 men per 1 woman most of the time. When you go to a talk there are only men presenting and leads or heads of designs are men almost the time.

  • What led you to a career in this field?

I started to design when I was bullied at 8 years old because I felt free and I could express myself. I have always felt confident with tech so I was interested in how everything works and always thinking about how could be better. During my 2nd year working on designing, I learned how all my job can help people by just listening to them and solving their problems. So I started working UX to help people understand tech and make their lives easier!

  • What advice would you give to another woman looking to join this field?

You’re very welcome to join the design world. We need more women in this world with their sensitivity and empathy. We NEED more women leading us. My advice is: Read about what are you interested in, not only about design; most of the things have a design even people don’t know. Watch movies, series, and documentaries that inspire you and give you the strength to do it better each day!

  • Who is a woman (past or present) that you admire and why?

I got so many women references that I could speak about them for a whole day. A few years ago I met Virginia Woolf thanks for the “Sex Education” series. I read some of her books and I really understood why people talk about her as a feminist. She leaves us a powerful message about fighting the stereotype of “the perfect woman”. A woman who always shows a smile, cooks, embroiders, sings and if she had all these characteristics and nothing else, she would become the ideal woman. Virginia fought against this stereotype, writing that the woman is much more than just the angel of the house. The woman is someone independent, intelligent, she is important to society and her thoughts and opinions can contribute. This was her feminism.

Yanina, QA Tester
 
  • Would you describe your field as “male-dominated”?

Totally! In general, all professional environments are male-dominated, especially the IT world.

  • What led you to a career in this field?

Reinvention (I have a business background). 

  • What advice would you give to another woman looking to join this field?

You have to be confident about your skills. As women, we have some secret weapons. We have the ability to adapt quickly, think critically and problem-solve creatively. We really care deeply about others, that’s why we are great mates and leaders.

  • Who is a woman (past or present) that you admire and why?

My tribe (grandma, mother, mother in love, sisters, friends…) Every woman in this world is unique, and we have so much for learning from each other and supporting us (because no one else will do it!). 

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”

Lia, People, Culture & Communication Associate
 
  • Would you describe your field as “male-dominated”?

Not really. I think both the People & Culture and the Marketing fields are pretty female-dominated actually. 

  • What led you to a career in this field?

I wanted to gain some work experience and I 

  • What advice would you give to another woman looking to join this field?

Apply even if you don’t fully match the job description! Men do this all the time but for some reason women feel like they have to tick 100% of the boxes before they can even consider applying. Apply anyway, you may be surprised!

  • Who is a woman (past or present) that you admire and why?

Apart from my mom (who raised me) and my sister (who is my role model), I would probably say Michelle Obama. She does everything with such grace and kindness. 

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