Emily's story is the latest in our ChangeMakeHer Career Stories, where we interview incredible women creating powerful change in their respective fields about their stories and share their advice on how you can do the same. One of the biggest factors as to why girls tend to shy away from fields such as STEM, tech, entrepreneurship and leadership roles is quite simply that there is often not enough representation. After all, it’s a lot harder to become something you can’t see. So, here at ChangeMakeHer, one of the ways we’re working to change that by interviewing amazing women out there, and showing that you’re just as capable of doing things like them!
So, without further ado, let us introduce to you: Emily Heazlewood!
Tell us about your story and what you do day-to-day!
I worked in property for 3 years when I noticed a gap in the market where organising people and coming up with suggestions of things to do from dates to catching up with friends needed to be better catered for. To me it doesn’t seem like ‘work’ what I do now, I love everyday I get to work on Romer and be around the incredible people being in this industry and the team we have at Romer. Being your own boss is one of the most satisfying things and loving what you do ensures your honestly so happy every single day.
How did you get to where you are today?
Determination and backing yourself. When you are truly convinced on what you're doing others get on board and pave the path ahead for you. It takes a lot of help, ups and downs and questioning you to get to the point you genuinely feel you have got a business. Saving financially defiantly helps and not being afraid to approach people.
What advice would you give to young girls looking to get into your field of work?
If you have an idea and have done your research, I think anything is possible no matter what level of skill you have. The greatest thing is there is anyways someone skilled in areas you need so finding those people and getting them onboard is key. From a girl who had never been in the tech industry to have a business in it, I would encourage any other women passionate to do the same in any industry.
What would you do if you were 18 and about to graduate today?
Every day I would look for the things either big or small that are a problem or pain point and create a solution. Once you have validated one and found there is a market for it then go for it! You're never too young to start plus it can look very scary, but once you start, every day gets easier and easier and then you reach milestones where you look back and surprise yourself.
Why do you think women are under-represented in your field and the broader workplace?
There is defiantly a lack of women in the tech sector. Women can bring different skills and views, and I think in any team its critical to have the male and female balance right. I have found we both offer such different viewpoints, so key to encourage both. You don’t have to be the most skilled, if your willing to learn then you can almost fit into any industry.
How can we fix this?
We need to encourage women not to be so afraid to push into industries they may not be highly skilled in that they are passionate about. I have found it comes down to 10% idea and 90% execution while determination and openness to learning can make up for a lot of the 90%.
Have you experienced any push-back for being a woman in your field? If so, how do you deal with that?
I believe age is something that can be more of doubt, luckily as I have dealt mainly with people via phone and email it goes unnoticed. I think its very important to ensure the simple things, e.g. mail signature and the way you present yourself is important to be taken seriously.
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