Women in Leadership: Experiences in early careers.

The Career Booster Week has become an integral part of our student offering. The five-day event runs twice in an academic year – October and February – for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. The events comprise scheduled activities that present students with the opportunity to address and develop their personal skills portfolio to differentiate themselves for future graduate roles whilst creating their own, unique brand to future employers.

As part of our well established and increasingly popular Career Booster Week in February 2021, 5 recently graduated female alumni delivered a series of informative, motivational and inspiring talks.

The sessions covered their experiences in study, further study and their early careers. It provided a great opportunity for our current students to hear about jobs in relevant sectors, what it’s really like in the work place, and how they can achieve success and contribute successfully in roles in large organisations.

The presenters talked about their experiences in general and their experiences as women in leadership roles. Attendees were given the opportunity to ask them about the barriers they may have overcome and tips and hints on management as women and in their early careers.

Attendance and engagement was great. I attended 3 out of the 4 events personally and left each session feeling extremely proud of our Alumni!

4 of the presenters had graduated in December 2020 in the first cohort of our Chartered Manager Degree Apprentices. Not only did they all graduate with excellent degrees, they all achieved Distinctions in their apprenticeship assessment. Amazing achievements especially considering they are all still in their early 20’s!

These 4 alumni did their apprenticeships with Morrisons and have all rolled off the apprenticeship scheme into managerial roles with the Retailer.

– Lauren Jackson is now a Wholesale Specialist
– Sophie Winefiedale is now a Popular and Useful Services Specialist
– Lorna Pearson is now a Shift Manager within Logistics
– Harriet Viner is now a Wholesale Accounts Specialist within Manufacturing

Parts of retail still remain male-dominated, particularly certain roles within Logistics and Manufacturing and these young women are trailblazing the way forward with strong and proven management skills.

Our 5th presenter was Faraha Khan. Faraha graduated from the School Of Management in 2014 with a 1st class degree in Accounting and Finance. She now holds the role as Finance Manager of another local firm – Hallmark cards. As with the other presenters Faraha is a truly inspirational young women and delivered an inspiring talk.

We hope to repeat the series in our next Career booster week in October.

-Helen Preece, Senior Lecturer

If you would like to consider coming in and running some activities with our students on current topics in future Career Booster Weeks, we would be happy to hear from you. Please contact Elaine Dean at: E.Dean1@bradford.ac.uk

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