She told her daughter, now a Brand Manager at
It turned out to be good advice for Greishma, who recently marked her fourth anniversary at
Moving to a new country for work often means settling into a new way of life. For Greishma this required an adjustment Australia’s independent lifestyle – a world away from her family and support networks in Delhi, India.
One of her colleagues at Coke had a different experience. Lindene Cleary’s move from Sydney to Singapore meant adapting to the different way of working in Asian markets.
“In Australia everyone recognises there are working hours and there are personal hours, but here it’s a lot more blurred,” said Lindene, whose role at
“I had to figure out how to strike the right balance for myself, to get everything done and meet everyone’s expectations without it taking over my whole life,” she said.
Taking a role in an international market has been a great learning experience, she said. It’s one she would recommend to any younger female colleagues looking to expand their horizons. “From a personal point of view it’s been an amazing opportunity to see a lot more of the world, and grow professionally from new experiences.”
For Greishma, one of the biggest differences between working in India and Australia is the gender split in the office.
“In India, especially in the marketing department, women were definitely the minority, whereas here men are a distinct minority,” she said. In Delhi, gender diversity workshops were among the strategies used to help make women comfortable in the workplace.
In Australia, workplace initiatives like
To that end, industry leaders like McDonald’s Australia CEO Catriona Noble are invited to speak at Women’s Linc events.
Coca-Cola will mark International Women’s Day with a special screening of Miss Representation, a documentary examining the portrayal of women in mainstream media.
At the end of the day, there’s no reason women at
“If you come in every day wanting to do a better job than you did yesterday, there’s every reason you’ll succeed,” she said.