BTP Empower Magazine Issue2

Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected

I’ve always been a creative person. When I was a kid, I’d tell my dad I want to be a cartoonist. I’d always be making things with my hands or drawing – my dad has a little ‘Sandi’ section of things he’s not been able to throw away that I’ve made. I still enjoy digital illustrating now and use that a lot to let myself relax. Especially as I’m someone who doesn’t like to coast, I always like to be thinking ‘what can I do next or better?’ My family and friends are also so important to me. I love to host dinner parties, hype up my girlfriends and just spend time with them. I grew up in a very male-dominated family after losing my mum when I was quite young, but her character and resilience are something I’ve

learned from and carried with me, and I love to share this with other people. There are always knockbacks in life, whether that’s personally or professionally, but I’ve got that confidence in myself and my knowledge to keep pushing forward. I try to help others see this too. I began posting on Instagram in my spare time about putting yourself out there as a woman in male-dominated industries and it started to get my friends talking about it more. I didn’t have that confidence to put myself out there when I was younger, but I’ve developed that over time. I hope I can just continue to grow into a position where I can influence women, give them the confidence of ‘I can do this’, and just like to hope I’ve made a difference.

SANDEEP BIRDIE | Project manager

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