According to The Australian Financial Review, women working as doctors, consultants, bankers and lawyers are turning their backs on stable careers to chase the dream of making it big with a start-up, with a new women-only fellowship at accelerator Startmate beginning recently.
Ewelina Rudnicka worked in human rights and international development after university before completing a public policy masters at Harvard, which led her to joining Boston Consulting Group.
She says she thinks working in a start-up will give her the opportunity to have more ownership over what's being created, and expects the fellowship to give her the chance to learn more about the industry — including the difference between a product manager and product owner — and lead to a new job.
"I'm quite interested in fintech. I've worked a little bit in financial services and that's a natural draw to me ... but I think the most important criteria for picking an organisation is how much ownership I will have — will I be able to drive the work, will my actions have tangible impact on the company?
"I'm attracted to start-ups that have a mission and I'm drawn to ones that talk about themselves in terms of consumer transparency.
According to the head of the fellowship, Sophia Witherington, the program aims to help place 300 women in roles within the sector by the end of 2021.
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