This year, the theme for International Women’s Day (LWD) on 8 March is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,”. We all know diversity isn’t just good business, it's good for business. Diverse teams make better decisions and more likely to attract top talent. This is why we’re keen to focus on championing IWD. This is the perfect time to stop, reflect and see what we can do as individuals to promote gender diversity, inclusion and equality.
Nearly half of women make up the teams in Boston Link, so to support other talented, creative women starting and advancing their careers, we asked for their advice and reflections on learning from the past and paving the way for future generations of women leaders.
How did you get to this point in your career?
Hilda Rudbo, Senior Recruitment Consultant - A lot of hard work! Studying, networking, and, believing in myself. In the past I worked across marketing, sales, hr and then I found myself in recruitment 5 years ago. I wanted to be a weather woman growing up, but I find placing people into jobs, helping careers take shape and being part of promoting diversity and inclusion across an industry, much more satisfying.
Giadia Pietribiasi, Recruitment Consultant - I started in HR quite early on because I wanted to work with people and enjoy creating and developing company culture. I fell into recruitment because of someone in my network at university, the opportunity was presented to me there and then.
What is one thing you would tell your younger self (and other women)?
Maria Micallef, Finance Manager - My advice to anyone is that we have one life, let’s live it. I had wanted to be a teacher when I was at school but, loved numbers and naturally fell into finance. Really it’s important to do what you love.
Hilda Rudbo, Senior Recruitment Consultant - Everyone has different ways of looking at success, for me it is about excelling in those areas you are best at and educate and nurture your strongest skills. You can’t be the best at everything, but you can be a star in something!
Irena Rostkowski, Sales Support Associate - Perfection isn’t about comparing, it’s about what works for you. We forget that sometimes. In fact I would never have imagined right now I would be working at Boston Link, studying for a degree, as well as being a part-time carer for a family member. It's tough at times, but finding a balance that works for you is success.
Fiona Healy, Aviation expert - Take charge and be confident in yourself and with what you're saying. It's so important to know what you're talking about, look confident at whatever level you are in your career.
What’s it like being a woman in the recruitment world?
Adriana, ambassador of women in tech and recruitment consultant - I remember the beginning days of Boston Link, with just a phone and a list of names. We would go round knocking on doors to our clients and that's what helped me as a consultant stand out in a competitive and predominantly male market. Being human, bringing empathy, and having honest conversations with our clients. The recruiter world needs a level of fearless confidence and energy. In fact, I think that’s probably the case for any career.
Hilda Rudbo, Senior Recruitment Consultant - In this industry as a woman, you have to have a bit of hard skin. Trust yourself, be confident in your skills and what you can bring to the table.
What are you most proud of in your career?
Maria Micallef, Finance Manager - I have always tried to push myself hard to do things that make me uncomfortable. One is giving presentations, I hate public speaking, but I do make myself do it! I think this one thing can also help build your career confidence.
Hilda Rudbo, Senior Recruitment Consultant - A proud moment for me is always to turn a negative client or candidate into a positive one, by mentoring, advising, and informing that person correctly in their careers.
Charlotte Seymour, Head of Marketing - A proud moment for me was successfully winning a marketing pitch with a board of 12 directors (11 were men). It was the first time I realized just how much diversity and inclusion conversations were so needed.