Mina Musinovic, Buyer, Balmoral / St Fergus Gas Terminal
In honour of International Women’s Day, we had the pleasure of catching up with Dr. Mina Musinovic, a Buyer at our St Fergus sites and surrounding areas to celebrate her successful journey at px Group and get her insights into the importance of women in business.
Prior to joining px Group, Mina earned her PhD in Anthropology of Art at AMEU, ISH, Postgraduate School of Humanities in Slovenia. Despite her exceptional qualifications, Dr. Musinovic tells us that she encountered a challenging time upon moving to Scotland and when applying for jobs – initially to no avail. However, Mina persevered and successfully obtained an opportunity with Total, and subsequently joined px Group when the company took over the St. Fergus site in Aberdeenshire.
Initially, we at px Group intended on writing a story about Dr. Musinovic’s journey, however, Mina herself volunteered to pen an article about her experience. Take a read below…
I initially joined at an administrative level and thanks to px Group’s supportive culture I was encouraged to go after my ambitions and got the opportunity to move laterally within the company. After demonstrating my skills and abilities in my first role, I was able to move from administration into the procurement department and build a successful career as a buyer.In many ways, this transition highlights the kind of equality that International Women’s Day in the workplace is all about: championing merit and ability, and women’s fight for a fair chance to be considered.
When it comes to the workplace, diversity contributes a wealth of perspective, which should be welcomed and celebrated. International Women’s Day is an opportunity to remember that women just like me are still fighting for an equal chance to be judged on merit, rather than their gender in the professional sphere.
It is of course great that offices and other workplaces are progressively becoming more and more gender-diverse (although there’s more progress to be made yet!), and I know first-hand how that increased representation encourages women to feel more able to contribute, progress, and succeed in the workplace. With more role models for women, things should continue getting better and better as we see that success in a certain field isn’t just reserved for someone who fits an outdated stereotype or model for success. In truth, there really shouldn’t be a model for success.
While there’s still a long way to go before the world achieves gender parity, International Women’s Day gives us an opportunity to take stock of what we’ve collectively learned and how things have changed in recent years.
Now, as those of us who normally work in offices have proved that we can work from home efficiently, it’s important that we take these lessons into our post-covid future, to make the professional sphere more inclusive. That’s not to say that all women are mothers, that all mothers are primary caregivers, nor that all mothers must also take on a conventionally professional career, but it’s simply to suggest that a diverse workforce means new abilities and diverse role models can be successful, under supportive conditions that celebrate our differences.
Ultimately, that’s what International Women’s day honours – a chance to highlight women’s fight for equality, celebrate diversity, and support differences, rather than discriminate against them. I’m very glad to be able to celebrate IWD at px Group through my journey.
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