Jade Am­ron-Coet­zee, 30 Oper­a­tions man­ager

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - HUSTLE -

‘I stud­ied com­mu­ni­ca­tions and or­gan­i­sa­tional psy­chol­ogy at UNISA, then started at Old Mu­tual as an in­bound call-cen­tre agent deal­ing with in­vest­ments. I moved in­ter­nally to be­come a busi­ness an­a­lyst and gained my di­ploma in busi­ness anal­y­sis while I worked. Af­ter three years, I joined a start-up that sells sex toys and ac­ces­sories. I’m their oper­a­tions man­ager, which in­volves ev­ery­thing from en­sur­ing de­liv­er­ies go out on time to over­see­ing mar­ket­ing cam­paigns and adding new prod­ucts to our ranges. For me, be­ing a num­ber in a big cor­po­rate ma­chine wasn’t sat­is­fy­ing enough. But work­ing at a start-up has been re­ward­ing – I loved be­ing part of build­ing a com­pany from scratch. I also love that our in­dus­try is about break­ing taboos and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in clients’ lives.’

How key is salary?

‘Money isn’t the main mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor for me. It’s job sat­is­fac­tion: feel­ing pas­sion­ate about what I do, and feel­ing like I’m mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.’

Why do we need to talk money more?

‘I think our fear of talk­ing about salaries is be­cause of in­equal­ity: we might be in a sim­i­lar job but you may earn more than me – why is that?

‘We also tend to judge peo­ple by the size of their wal­let. We can per­ceive success as what they earn and how much they have. But it’s just a per­cep­tion. In re­al­ity, we have no idea what some­one’s costs, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties or debts are – they could be car­ing for a fam­ily mem­ber.

‘Talk­ing to oth­ers about what we earn can help us put our salary in per­spec­tive. Friends and fam­ily can re­mind us of our worth and ask ques­tions about where we’re at in our ca­reer.

‘I find it odd that we’re will­ing to share our sex life with friends, but not in­tel on our fi­nances!’

Money MO

‘As women, we can be guilty of not know­ing our worth. Even not know­ing the av­er­age salary for your job means you’re not in a po­si­tion to fight to be paid what you should be. Stand your ground – de­mand your worth.’

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