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International Women’s Day: Interviewing The Powerful Women of Taskeater

March 8, 2018

Happy International Women’s Day! Here at Taskeater, we are incredibly proud of our diverse workforce – from analysts and associates, right up to our management positions.

With all the revelations in the press last year about women’s continued struggles in the workplace, we wanted to take this opportunity to share the wisdom and experiences of some of Taskeater’s most powerful and inspiring female employees – and celebrate their massive contributions to our company.

Check out their full interviews below!

International Women’s Day has been celebrated for well over a century. It belongs to no one group or government or organisation, it instead aims to unite individuals and collectives under a common theme: “Make IWD your day! – everyday!”

 

What do we do to ensure equality in our workplace?

Taskeater Celebrations International Women's Day

At Taskeater we operate meritocratically – with a blind starting rate for every analyst that works with us. We reward employees on the basis of their work performance which we review every 3 months – promoting based on work well done.

The first ever employee to be promoted to a management role was one of our powerful women of Taskeater, Maesha in 2015. We have interviewed her below, have a scroll. We currently have 3 female managers and 5 male managers in our Dhaka division – and we continue to reward on the basis of performance.

Over the last week we have been sharing words of wisdom and experience from a few of our incredible female employees across our Twitter and LinkedIn – and this article is an opportunity to share their inspirational interviews in full.

So without further ado…

Aulia Rehnuma joined Taskeater in October 2015

Taskeater Celebrations International Women's Day - Aulia Rehnuma Quote

 

What subject or activity are your truly passionate about?
“I like reading books a lot – but recently I cannot get much time to read. That is something I love.”

Who is your female role model?
From her family, Aulia “would say my mum because whenever I see her I am just amazed by seeing how much she has contributed for my family, how hardworking she is, how much she has sacrificed for us.”

In the business world, Aulia admires Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico, for this quote:

“To be a CEO is a calling. You should not do it because it is a job. It is a calling, and you have got to be involved in it with your head, heart and hands. Your heart has got to be in the job; you’ve got to love what you do; it consumes you. And if you are not willing to get into the CEO job that way, there is no point getting into it.”

What has been the hardest thing about being a woman in the workplace?
“I don’t face any challenges as a woman in the workplace, but outside of work, working late and going home late, because the roads aren’t safe, that can be an issue.”

What advice would you give a young woman just starting out?
Be passionate about your work and be hard working. Hard work always pays off.

Do you have a motto that you live by that you can share with us?
“I believe in working hard and being honest. Be honest to yourself and be honest to everyone you meet.”

What is your idea of success?
“I don’t believe in specific definitions of success. I think you should do whatever you are supposed to do, throw yourself into it, throw your heart into it, and success will come along.”

What message do you want to send out to other women on International Women’s Day?
“Don’t focus on just getting a degree and just doing any job to say you have one, try to be passionate and ambitious. Ambition is something I see we lack in general – ambition is so precious for girls.”

 

Imie Jannat joined Taskeater in June 2014

Taskeater Celebrations International Women's Day - Imie Jannat


What subject or activity are your truly passionate about?
“I don’t think I can commit to saying I am passionate about one thing. I am very dedicated to my work – I would prefer to use the word dedicated. My work and my family are the top most priority in my life.”

Who is your female role model?
“From a very early age, unconsciously as everyone probably has, is my mother. I have learnt a lot from her. I don’t idolize any celebrity in particular, I couldn’t say I have a celebrity role model. While I admire a lot of celebrities, I would rather look for a role model in the people I can actually speak to. I look up to a lot of people in the office – my fellow co-workers and my fellow managers – I definitely find that they are very inspiring and that they are constantly challenging me to improve and push myself to be better.”

What has been the hardest thing about being a woman in the workplace?
“First of all, this is my first job. I have worked but I wouldn’t consider anything else as professional an environment. I joined my sister’s school for 6 months – but I wouldn’t really count that as a job. Not disrespecting the work, it is just difficult to compare to the corporate world. When I started working here, I never actually felt any sort of discrimination or hardship because of my gender. I have never faced anything, to be honest, that has been degrading in this particular workplace… Maybe that perspective would change if I had more exposure to other companies or places of work, but here I have been very comfortable. What I do find hard, sometimes, I wouldn’t say my peers, but I have worked with a few people, who don’t like the idea of a woman having a senior role. That has made it hard for me to give them feedback and points for improvement as they take it more negatively. That was difficult but I wouldn’t let it stop me.”

What advice would you give a young woman just starting out?
“First of all, believe in yourself. Be confident. I know those are very generic and everyone says that, but they are both very important because if you don’t believe in yourself, consciously or unconsciously, you will not be able to push yourself to be better.”

Do you have a motto that you live by that you can share with us?
“I don’t have one particular motto, it changes according to where I am in certain points in life. At the moment: Go with the flow and just keep improving.”

What is your idea of success?
“My idea of success is being able to accomplish something that you didn’t have the confidence to think that you would be able to do. Right now, I feel that I am successful because when I was at University I didn’t have much self-confidence. I studied pharmaceuticals and have a bachelors in pharmacy, but the only goal I had at the time for myself was, as I thought I wouldn’t get a job in pharmaceuticals so I decided not to apply, was applying to primary schools to be a teacher. But a lot has changed and many events have happened that have led up to this point in my life. Success to me is not having a lot of money or my own house (which is always great), but is achieving something that you never knew you could do.”

What message do you want to send out to other women on International Women’s Day?
“Be honest to yourself first, and dedicate yourself to something that you believe you are good at, not something that your parents or spouse or extended family might think you will excel at. Dedicate yourself to something that you feel you are good at.”

 

Maesha Hasnat joined Taskeater in February 2015

Taskeater Celebrations International Women's Day - Maesha Hasnat


What subject or activity are your truly passionate about?
“I love travelling – I am addicted to travelling. That is the only thing that keeps me driven.”

Who is your female role model?
“There are quite a few I tell you. First of all, I absolutely love Michelle Obama. I am in love with that lady. I love Oprah. I love Ellen. Ellen Degeneres. The reason being that despite the fact they are celebrities, the positive message they send out to the world is something I love.”

What has been the hardest thing about being a woman in the workplace?
“I will be honest, this is my first professional job, and touch wood, I have never faced any issue as a woman here. I did have an internship before this, in a typical working environment of my country, there they were very surprised when they saw a female person doing better than the men. They were like – “Is that possible?” Then they were like – “Yes it is”. That was that. I do think it is difficult for some people to work under a female manager.”

What advice would you give a young woman just starting out?
“First of all, that young woman needs to do what she wants to do and love what she is doing. I was a finance major, I never thought I would end up in the IT industry. But when I started my job I fell in love with it. I bailed on my career plans to grow in this sector and company. When I started my job I worked hard, I gave my 200% to my goals and I accomplished them. Don’t let any noise surrounding ‘I am a female, I might not achieve things’ or whatever people are saying overshadow the goal you have set. Be honest and dedicated to the work, and achieve your goals – and I believe you will achieve those goals if you keep working and keep focused.”

Do you have a motto that you live by that you can share with us?
“Work hard. Travel harder.”

What is your idea of success?
“Success is when somebody comes to you and tells you that the way you are living your life or leading is exemplary. I see people setting such good examples. That is success. Not because people are talking about but because you are setting an example for people that need it. People that do a lot of social work for example don’t do it for success but do it for the impact on other people’s lives. Having an impact on others that need it, I feel that that is success.”

What message do you want to send out to other women on International Women’s Day?
“We run the world. Yeah, we do. We literally do.”

 

Tabassum Ferdous has been with Taskeater for 3 years

Taskeater Celebrations International Women's Day - Tabassum Ferdous


What subject or activity are your truly passionate about?
“Actually I am passionate about my work. I want to fulfil my work very sincerely. This is the thing that I like most.”

Who is your female role model?
“My role model would be my mother. She is my role model because she is very much confident about everything, in every perspective, in every decision. She is the one who taught me to be honest in every area of my life.”

What has been the hardest thing about being a woman in the workplace?
“If you are married, it becomes difficult as a woman, because you need to maintain both – your office work and your family members. This is not necessarily hard but is challenging.”

What advice would you give a young woman just starting out?
“I would suggest that a woman should be confident about everything and should be passionate about her dreams all the time.”

Do you have a motto that you live by that you can share with us?
“Honesty. This is the most important thing in someone’s life. Be honest at all times.”

What is your idea of success?
“You have to be dedicated and passionate about your dreams.”

What message do you want to send out to other women on International Women’s Day?
“Women. You have the ability to run the world. Come forward, be confident and inspire women all over the world. Happy Women’s Day.”

Dan Vanrenen

Dan Vanrenen

Managing Director of Taskeater and one of Taskeater's former clients. He has 16 years of sales experience, two boys and loves rugby.

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