In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021, this week we will be sharing a number of interviews with some of our female employees. In the first interview we conducted, we sat down with Jess Williams, a Senior eCommerce Account Manager, here at Add People. We asked her five questions surrounding gender equality in the workplace, and issues in the wider world. Here are her responses:
1. What does the International Women’s Day slogan ‘#ChooseToChallenge’ mean to you?
The #ChooseToChallenge campaign to me means choosing to become more aware of issues surrounding gender equality. If we are aware then we can challenge, and if we can challenge something then we can work towards change.
2. Why did you choose to become a Senior eCommerce Account Manager?
I chose to become a Senior eCommerce Account Manager because I wanted to be a part of seeing and helping our SMEs grow, through investing in paid media platforms. I joined the eCommerce Team at a really exciting time – when pandemic trends meant more and more people were turning to online shopping. We don’t foresee this to be a reversible trend, so it’s great to be a part of a growing industry.
3. What barriers have you faced as a woman in becoming successful in your field?
In honesty, I don’t believe my gender has affected how I got to where I am today. At Add People, we are treated as individuals and are all presented with equal opportunities. That is one of the reasons that’s led me to work at the company for nearly 3 and a half years.
4. What do you think is the biggest issue today facing women in the workplace?
Although not currently relevant for me, I think some of the main issues women are still facing in the workplace, relate to Maternity leave and flexible working. I think the pandemic has exacerbated this also. Women have been expected to carry on working whilst looking after their children at home, with little respite.
Even recent government ads as part of the ‘Stay At Home’ campaign, showed women working on their laptops with their children playing beside them – whilst in a second image, a man sat on a sofa and watched tv. I think this highlights how as a country there’s work to be done in challenging these stereotypes and working towards a more equal workplace and life balance.
5. Based on your own experience, what advice would you give to women considering pursuing a career in your field?
Be the change that you want to see and don’t let anything stop you from reaching for your goals.