MacArthur is the Sales Director and founding member of Digicape – which is one of the only two Apple Premium Resellers in the country, as well as a b2b total solutions provider.
After acquiring her qualification in Computer Graphics, she took full advantage of mentorship and coaching opportunities that came her way. Early on her career, she was blessed to have some amazing female role models, which were rare, and helped her build the confidence to put herself out there.
“Because of this fast-paced, ever-changing industry it’s important to keep up with trends but you have to ensure that you keep learning, and growing. You have to be flexible and you need to grow in confidence to stand your ground and be taken seriously, which can be difficult,” she says.
She recalls that mentorship has played a significant role in advancing her career. “I was so very fortunate, lucky really and so blessed to be mentored by an amazing team of inspirational females and some really awesome men,” she says.
In the early days of her career, MacArthur was inquisitive and asked too many questions, which she still does today and believes this is possibly the reason her mentors invested in her. “Without their guidance, I don’t think I would have been as brave in making some difficult decisions. They all taught me valuable business and life lessons and I will always be grateful for their time, friendships, and for the opportunities presented,” she tells DESTINY.
This opportunity allowed her to make it in a fast-paced tech industry. “They believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself sometimes. Once again, I believe we create our own obstacles and with invested mentorship they can help you grow without you sometimes realising it.”
She recalls that her mentors are people who were willing to give up time after hours and sometimes weekends to help her succeed in her life’s journey by transferring skills, knowledge, expertise and their experiences.
She has, however, faced some challenges in her career. She believes that workplace culture in the tech industry is still a male-dominated environment. “It seems more acceptable for men to joke and be playful in the boardroom and have inappropriate discussions and yet the same rules don’t apply to a woman. I also believe that many obstacles in my very early career were in fact created by myself as society expects a woman to behave in a certain way, so I had to learn to believe in myself and I needed to constantly build my confidence,” says MacArthur.
When she finished school, MacArthur went into the Reproduction and Print industry. This was very much a male-dominated environment and it required her to work really hard to be taken seriously. This was a respected industry and at a time when Technology was disruptive. DTP and Multimedia were new job opportunities and Apple Macintosh technology was foreign.
The same company started a Tech company which specialised in Apple technology and software which ironically were run by an almost all female team. “I started at the proverbial bottom in this company after begging for an interview, I literally accosted the MD and a month later got a transfer. I was allowed to study Computer Graphics after hours with them and was mentored by the person in charge of running the training school,” she says.
MacArthur’s advice to young women embarking on their career journey:
- A healthy, Positive Attitude is infectious, it can’t be faked. A good attitude will get you far.
- It’s okay to make mistakes as long as we learn from them. It’s okay to ask for help, nobody expects that you need to know everything.
- Never stop learning and never become complacent.
- Don’t be afraid to ask the stupid questions and don’t be afraid to put your hand up and to start from the bottom. It shows a willingness and a hunger to learn and grow. When you have somebody who is prepared to invest their time in you, be present and listen.