Updated: Jun 24
Many times in the modern workplace, women get discouraged. Women in business are often defeated by being rejected for certain positions or for not “measuring up” as a result of their gender. Women are frequent recipients of discrimination. They are often thought to be less efficient or dedicated than a man. It is important to realize, however, that women in the workplace are a force to be reckoned with. One prime example of someone who persisted while facing failures is none other than Anjali Sud. Anjali Sud is the face of a non-traditional career path and is someone who let all of her initial employment struggles fuel her desire to achieve the career of her dreams.
Anjali Sud left college with one goal: to get a job with a big bank in America. However, she soon found that companies were not interested in hiring her due to her gender and heritage. While many investment banks rejected Sud, she was still determined in her endeavors and eventually climbed the corporate ladder to become the CEO of Vimeo. She said during a Forbes interview that she has felt imposter syndrome many times in her career. Instead of dwelling on that, though, Sud simply focuses on the various accolades she has going for her, rather than against her. Many obstacles stood in Sud’s way on her rise to CEO of Vimeo, but she did not let that stop her. She’s the youngest chief executive for any IAC company. Sud said that though she never would have imagined being in the position that she is in today, it had always been a dream of hers.
Anjali Sud embodies a lesson that women and aspiring young professionals should listen to. No matter your background, there will be things that stand in your way. She persuades us to ask ourselves whether we want to accept an easily-acquired position or chase after our dream job. Would you rather give it your all to chase after your dream job or would you rather settle for less than what you deserve? Not every career path is going to be a straight shot to the top. Sud’s career path was definitely not a linear one, but she did not let that affect her overall go-getter attitude. Sud took her career in stride and so should we.
Anjali Sud said, “You don’t have to follow a traditional career path. There’s no rule book or playbook for success. Write your own roles. Don’t take people’s paths as the way that you have to do things. You have to do it yourself.” The moral of the story is, work hard to find your own success. Women are often underprivileged in the business workplace, but we don’t need to accept that as the norm. Each of us can fight for ourselves and our careers just like Sud did. Anything is possible for men or women. Women can achieve whatever they set their minds to - even in a “man’s world”. If you don’t believe me, just look at Anjali Sud.