International Women in Engineering Day is aimed at raising the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to women and girls in this exciting industry.
Conserve It is proud to have an extraordinary team of women behind our drive to continually distribute, develop and disrupt the smart IoT and building automation industry.
In part two of this series, we discussed what our team’s biggest achievements to date are, and what advice they have for someone who wants to follow their footsteps.
What is the biggest achievement of your career so far?
Dworkoski: The biggest achievement of my career so far would be becoming a Software Team Lead recently after starting as an intern with little experience less than three years ago.
Kardos: In the three months I have been an intern. I've been learning so much everyday and working and contributing on a new product that Conserve It is about to launch has been amazing, not to mention being one of the people who gets to change and shape it!
Yembi: Yes, working on numerous projects within a complex framework is something that I would classify as an achievement for me.
Lam: Similarly for me, being able to work on Conserve It’s flagship product, PlantPRO, in further improving its frontend has been a highlight for me.
Balaji: I graduated from a class of 60 engineers where only ten were women. Having been an active part of all academic and co-curricular activities at my university, making my voice heard and work acknowledged, I was recognised by all faculty members and my fellow students at the university level for my contributions and accomplishments.
Yeung: While Conserve It is a small company in the industry by international standards, we have grown to have all the attributes of a larger company. As such, it has been a challenge to find the right applications to solve the multitude of complex issues. As the business has expanded both within Australia and internationally, I have been able to learn, step up and solve these complex issues to help me grow not only my Finance field, but have also assisted me in my own personal resilience and professional development.
Chan: My biggest achievement so far is being promoted to Digital Marketing Coordinator from an intern role. Being in Conserve It has pushed me to work hard and pursue my aspirations no matter the industry.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow your footsteps?
Yembi: My advice would be, never give up on that thing you think it is impossible, when in reality is not, it just needs more effort.
Podbury: To ignore the imposter syndrome!
Balaji: Do not let society tell you what you are or are not capable of, create a pathway for yourself. Stick to your beliefs, but stay open to criticism and change. Always persevere!
Yeung: I live and die by “effort and hard work breeds respect”. Like every workplace, work will have different priorities, complexities and it always get delegated to you when its inconvenient. We have to be willing to adapt and be flexible to carry out any changes in work/procedures/processes. We also have to persevere and to be positive, patient, and hard working to ensure that if it doesn’t work the first time, try again, try a different approach and seek help. In doing so it will give us the opportunity to learn and improve ourselves in order to develop our critical thinking and time management.
Lam: Be yourself!
Chan: I started studying in the science field and knew that I wanted to pursue something with more flexibility in the creative field. This led me to changing my focus towards studying Communication Design and Marketing and I don't regret this at all. There will always be obstacles in your path no matter what you choose to do but if you start prioritising yourself, you'll end up pursuing excellence and happiness for yourself.
Dworkoski: I spent years pursuing a law education before I realised that it wasn't right for me and that I wanted to do something else. I dropped out of law school and tried a programming course based on a gut feeling that I would like it, which turned out to be true. The best advice I could give would be to trust your instincts and take those risks because for me, doing so launched me into a successful programming career.
Kardos: You can do anything you set your mind to with enough hard work. There will be obstacles in your career, and some of them will be extremely challenging, but you are smart and strong enough to overcome them. Work hard and don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't achieve something!