SBS News on Jamila Gordon – My Australia: From washing dishes to Qantas executive
Jamila Gordon has worked in technology for Qantas and IBM – but she had a tough start.
‘My Australia’ is a special SBS News series exploring cultural heritage and identity, and asking what it means to be Australian in 2018.
Jamila Gordon is a long way from the small village where she was born. She fled Somalia before the civil war and came to Australia.
She had limited English but that didn’t stop her from becoming a top tech executive for companies including Qantas.
“The village (where I was born) was very desolate, dusty, we had water in the wells,”
“My mother was pregnant every year, or she had a baby … In the end, she had 16 children.”Ms Gordon told SBS News.
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