Jade Amron-Coetzee, 30 Operations manager
‘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!’
‘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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