Today is International Women’s Day, a worldwide event that celebrates the accomplishments made by women from all walks of life and continues to push for gender equality. At Amilia, we’re proud to have lots of strong, gifted women who hold key positions within our company. They are invaluable members of the team and, on this important occasion, we asked some of them to pass along some words of wisdom to the ladies who are just beginning their journey in the business world.
Discover four business and career tips for women, by women who work at Amilia
Don't Be Afraid to Fail
"Don’t be afraid to fail. Chances are most of the time you won’t but even if you do, you will have learnt something valuable that you can take with you to your next challenge. The consequences of staying status quo are often worse than those that come as a result of trying something new." - Ashley Wood, Marketing Director
Set Goals and Follow Through on Them
Another important factor in business success is setting goals and sticking to your convictions. Despite whatever negative feedback comes your way, it's crucial not to waver or fold if the road to a triumph gets more than a little bumpy. At the end of the day, it's your reputation that will suffer if you pack things in before seeing them through:
"Set goals for yourself. Whether others believe they are realistic or not is irrelevant, since you're the only one who can achieve it. Always keep your eyes on the prize as you build your career based on trust, honesty and by surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who will mentor you. Your reputation is everything so don’t take that for granted." - Sapli Kralian, VP of Customer Success
Never Stop Learning
In the ever-evolving world of tech, it's vitally important to stay on top of changing trends and new methodologies as they emerge. Your formal education will help you get your knowledge base started, but that doesn't mean learning should end once you're out of the classroom environment. In fact, your ability to absorb new information could be the difference between a company hiring you or another candidate:
"Stay up to date on tech trends in business and social media. Never stop learning. Tech was once an industry where what you learned from school was carried through a successful career, but today, in order to have a competitive edge, you need to go boldly beyond what is taught in the classroom. The difference between you and the next candidate is you passion to be a lifelong learner, and apply your learnings to the workplace." - Shawna Barnes, Director of Professional Services
Don't Turn Down a Challenge
Finally, another quality that informs success in business is the ability to regularly take on different challenges. Being able to tackle projects that may be at least slightly outside your comfort zone is not only a bonus for employers, but it's also a process that will make you a stronger, more well-rounded professional in the long run:
"Always say yes to a challenge; don't let yourself be swayed by the unknowns or the improbabilities. You'll not only be proud when you've overcome it, but you'll also have learnt a lot about yourself through the journey." - Alysson Smith, Business Development and Partnership Manager
On International Women's Day, we help empower women all around the world; in this case, four of our amazing Amilia team members provide some valuable insight into what up-and-comers need to know about succeeding in the business world. Pushing past that fear of failure, setting goals and seeing that process through to the end, always keeping up with the latest trends and never turning down a challenge: all valuable ingredients in what makes dynamic, game-changing women in business.
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