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International Women's Day

International Women's Day
To celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) 2022, we're celebrating the achievements of our wonderful WMG graduates. Six of our alumna, who studied for their Master's degree in 2019-20, tell us about their early career stories and the impact they are making in their sectors.

This year's IWD theme is #BreakTheBias: 'Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias' - (Source: https://www.internationalwomensday.com)


Kassiyet Topysheva, Data Analyst at EPAM Systems Inc.

Click here to watch Kassiyet's video -Link opens in a new window "Studying at WMG has helped me a lot in my life and in my career. I did my Master's degree in e-Business Management, Digital and Data Science specialism. This course included the latest technologies and digital tools in the industry. Now, I've been implementing the knowledge and skills gained in this course. I'd like to say a huge thanks to all of my e-BM tutors and the whole WMG team.

This year's International Women's Day theme is Break The Bias, so how am I breaking bias in my field? Before studying the e-BM course, I thought I wasn't good at technical science and that this field might be very difficult, especially for girls. However, I am breaking my own bias. I decided to try a new journey in my career and I completed my Master's degree successfully. Now, I am working as a Data Analyst in an international tech company. My advice is don't limit yourself, break your own bias, try to follow your dream and time will show you the best way for you."


Cecibel Suarez, Import Coordinator at General Mills UK & Ireland

"Studying at WMG helped me secure a job in my field of expertise, soon after finishing my studies in International Trade. Securing a relevant job was something which I thought would be almost impossible given the pandemic situation in 2020. This is because WMG has a great reputation among multiple MNEs and because it provides multiple networking opportunities. Moreover, WMG prepared me with the skills I needed to succeed within the industry and I was promoted after less than a year on my original role. I should mention that I am not only referring to technical skills, but also soft skills like leadership and communication, which I was able to improve during my Master’s course.

Being a woman in Supply Chain is not the easiest job. You need to overachieve in order to be recognised because it is a male-dominated field. For this reason, I always try to demonstrate, with results, that us women are just as capable as men to lead this complex industry and that the value we offer is highly underestimated. I plan on growing, learning and being an example of success by overcoming every challenge and barrier."


Lulu Qu, KTP Associate-Digital Transformation and Digital Marketing Manager

"The learning journey I had throughout the MBE course, such as leadership, project management, and critical thinking ,has equipped me with essential management skills to be a Business Analyst and Consultant. Those skills and capabilities, now help me to understand stakeholders' requirements effectively and have provided me with an in depth understanding into how an organisation works as a collective, rather than just departments functioning as siloes.

A really important, positive change that I have brought to my role is the increase of constructive suggestions from the bottom up, with people being more proactive in taking ownership of organisational projects. I think it is partly because I tend to lead and encourage people to find out problems and solutions by themselves. I want people to feel that those great decisions are made by themselves because when they feel their knowledge and experience are valued and appreciated, they are naturally more motivated and engaged in their work."


Katrina Gomez, Associate Consultant at EY

"When I finished my undergraduate degree, I was very nervous to join the workforce because I just didn’t feel ready and I felt I had more to learn. It was then that I took the decision to pursue my Master's in International Trade at Warwick. I knew that I would receive a world-class education at Warwick, but I didn’t really expect much else. After a few months at WMG, I started applying for jobs and I could not believe the confidence I felt, not only in my applications, but in the new knowledge and skills I had gained in such a short period of time. Now, in my current role, I feel so happy and confident to lead a team, communicate and collaborate directly with the company partners, as well as share my ideas with various teams.

When I first joined the project that I am currently working on, I was the only woman on the team. I knew that I had to ensure my voice would not be lost in the noise whilst simultaneously building a good reputation. I decided then to let my work and ideas speak for themselves because I believed in their substance. Now, I am co-leading the team which has doubled in size and I have been given more responsibility to work with other teams too. Additionally, when I first joined EY, I helped organise a fundraising campaign for an animal shelter and underprivileged families who were greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. I have also joined EY’s Unity network which champions for the equal treatment and allyship of the LGBT+ community. It is important to remember that when we are in a position of privilege, we have a responsibility to take care of those less fortunate."


Tolu Karunwi, Studying LLM Legal Practice Course

"My goal is to combine my interests in entrepreneurship and law. After successfully achieving my MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, I'm currently pursuing my law course. I've recognised how studying at WMG has given me a work ethic and level of confidence in the way I approach the LPC. It has also given me the knowledge I yearned for and has placed me in good stead to begin growing my business, which I had begun to do prior to starting the LPC last September. For example, I applied my knowledge from the 'Leadership' module to develop and lead a team. We worked very well together in building all the foundational blocks necessary for the business to thrive when it's time. I am very excited for what's to come and have WMG to thank for putting me on track when it came to reaffirming my career goals and moving me to a place where they could be realised and achieved.

As part of my course, I am required to examine an area of the Law and suggest ways in which it could be reformed. I have begun researching the Domestic Abuse Act which was enacted in 2021. As an issue that disproportionately affects women, I look forward to contributing to the legal discourse, particularly in a way that examines how women have been discriminated against or excluded. So far in my research, I have noticed that not all women gain representation within the Act e.g. migrant women are not addressed at all. As such, I hope to suggest ways to reform this Law, increasing its effectiveness for as many women as possible."


Isabel Eterovic Marti, Senior Trading Executive in eCommerce for the beauty sector

"My Master’s in e-Business Management gave me the confidence and support to apply, and be seen as highly employable, in the UK job market. In my current job, I use systems and platforms which I studied within the Master’s programme. As well as this, I’m also using the transferable skills I developed throughout the course, such as critical thinking, commercial awareness, intercultural skills, and time management. I can say that these transferable skills have also been part of my day-to-day life as well!

I think that women have a social pressure to execute working quickly and to show power and authority in order to get leadership roles. However, I believe that it is really important to maximise our feminine strengths and abilities. For example, I am bringing positive change to my role through my commitment, broader perspective and perseverance, whilst at the same time demonstrating a high level of care for people. As leaders, we have to care and understand people’s ideas, goals, and values. I also think it’s incredibly important to value yourself. I personally found it quite difficult to talk about salary, career progression and my own achievements. I've since realised that we have to be our number one ‘fan’. There have been many times where I’ve worked long hours in order to show my capabilities. As time has passed, I realised that I was adding unnecessary extra pressure (something that many women do). I have started valuing my own work and commitment, and once I did that, it became easier to talk about career progression and salary. Find a place to work where you feel valued for your work and where you will be compensated properly."