Interviewing Women in Agile: Rinolsa Lataj
03 March 2020
Posted by: Abi Walker
To Celebrate International Women's Day on Sunday 8 March, throughout the month of March, the Consortium are interviewing key women in the Agile Community.
In this interview, we have Rinolsa Lataj, who is a final year student at the University of York studying Accounting, Business Finance and Management. She has been part of the organising committee of York Finance Conference, one of the largest student run conferences in Europe for two years and is an activist at Student Action for Refugees.
Rinolsa, can you tell us a bit about what you do?
I am a student and other than studying, I like to get involved in extracurricular activities. I have volunteered for two local charities for three years prior to university, where I helped people from minorities integrate into the society and provided them with advice on how to access public services. I am an activist at Student Action for Refugees, which is a national charity campaigning to improve the lives of refugees and I have focused particularly on the Equal Access scholarships, which enable asylum seekers and refugees pursue higher education.
Furthermore, I am part of York Finance Conference, which offers students the opportunity to learn about how to start a career in finance and network with industry professionals.
Do you have a female role model who has inspired you over your career?
Every successful female is an inspiration to me. What amazes me is how women are strong and resilient, their ability to adapt in challenging environments, their commitment to improve themselves and nurture others. I have particularly been stuck by the story of Dame Stephanie Shirley, who came as a child refugee and became a successful businesswoman. She developed a leading business technology group, pioneering new work practices and changing the position of professional women. She is a philanthropist and gave all her wealth away to support a number of projects focusing on autism and IT.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting in your industry?
My main piece of advice is to be interactive and curious about the industry. Be hungry for more knowledge and ask for help. Being able to understand well the environment you are working in, will be a great advantage because in this way you will become confident and enjoy working in the industry.
What is the worst piece of advice you have ever received?
I have been told many times that I would not be able to achieve my goals, and that I should wait. Instead I took little steps and found a way to get where I wanted. Sometimes others will tell you to give up, because they might not have your vision. I have learned that you should have confidence and faith in yourself, pursue your goals and never give up until you achieve them. If you are committed, it is only a matter of time.
What is one thing that has mattered the most in your career?
One thing that matters most in my career is making impact with my work. It is important that I build my career around issues that I care about and that I have an emotional connection with. In this way the work environment will be stimulating and will allow for further evolvement of my career.
What is the biggest mistake you have made at work?
I still haven’t made any major mistakes, but there have been cases of miscommunications that have impacted the quality of my work.
How do you empower other women?
I empower other women by encouraging them to take on leadership roles and have more confidence in their abilities. I share with them lessons I have learned from my experiences, and I give my full support to help them achieve their goals. If I am not in a position to help them directly, I do my best to find someone who can offer them the best advice.
Would you like to be interviewed by the Agile Business Consortium? Email our Head of Content, Abi Walker, to find out how you can get your message out to our community - Abi@agilebusiness.org