WOMEN IN FINANCE MONTH: After being named the leading women in finance, we asked the winners of the Women in Finance Awards 2020 to offer career tips to help others flourish. Here’s what they had to say.
“My best piece of career advice is… actually three pieces. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Don’t make the same mistake twice. JFDI (just flipping do it!).”
“It is to be persistent. Acting consistently and making each day count so that your business continues to move forward, even when life throws obstacles in your way. A little bit of creativity also helps.”
“No one ever died because you didn’t get their tax return done today. This was said to me at 8pm on 30 June many years ago when I was stressed to the maximum to get a particular job done. I say it to all my colleagues now and it immediately puts things into perspective.”
Peak Super Audits
“We do best those things we enjoy. So, don’t rush. Take the time to get it right and enjoy each moment for itself.”
King & Wood Mallesons
“Believe and never give up!”
“Continue to grow and embrace change! Be proactive with your professional development. When your professional development stagnates, so will your career! Change is inevitable and continuous; choose to embrace it and continue moving forward.”
“Be open, honest and consistent in everything you do. Never stop learning and challenging yourself to get out of your comfort zone.”
“Never let your life just have one pie, because you lose perspective. And if you fail with one of the pies you still have all the other pies to rely on.”
“Listen with curiosity.”
SMART Business Solutions
“Continue to learn and ask questions as this will create opportunities and a better career for you.”
Shadforth Financial Group
“Show genuine empathy, compassion and interest in your clients and you will have a rewarding and fulfilling career as a financial adviser.”
“Step out of your comfort zone. The goal is to constantly continue to grow.”
“Be true to yourself and act with integrity, treat others with the same respect you personally would expect and remember every role no matter their level in the organisation plays an important part to contributing to your organisation’s overarching purpose and you can learn from all of them.”
Connective Broker Services
“Don’t wait to become a leader. Actively reach for opportunities and promotions and let your opinions be heard. Remember that staying positive and solutions focused will help you in every interaction. Always assume best intentions and believe that everyone wants the best for the company.”
Quality Financial Group
“Believe in yourself. Have a good attitude. Work very hard. You can make it!”
EVERLEND (formerly Accession Finance)
“Become a lifelong learner and never be afraid to show the authentic you.”
Palfreyman Chartered Accountants
“Challenge yourself to learn something from every person you meet and use this to achieve an extraordinary standard of work. Never settle for being ordinary.”
“You will only see the full picture when the last piece of the puzzle fits in – keep searching for the next piece.”
SMART Business Solutions
“You are 100 per cent responsible for your career. Own it! Others will provide knowledge and support, but only you can bring the right attitude and skill to help you succeed. Take the time each year to set annual goals for your own career, and then go smash them!”
On Point! Strategy
“Always look ahead and keep moving forward. It’s easy to get stuck in the day-to-day grind of today or the done tasks of yesterday. Have a growth mindset, and be constantly building your business no matter the economic climate.”
“Take on the challenge of your biggest fear.”
“Just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you can’t ask!”
Artesian (Alternative Investments)
“Determination, dedication and a lot of effort.”
“Anyone can lead from any chair at any time – regardless of your role, focus on how you can champion ideas, be a role model for others, and make a positive difference.”
Truon Chartered Accountants
“Our best piece of career advice is to stop and consider what your purpose and context of career life are. Be clear on your objectives and mission before you dive into life, as this way you can appreciate your growth and celebrate your achievements with others. Consider who you will empower throughout your journey, and how you will make a positive difference in the lives of those you care about.”
“Don’t buy into guilt. You are enough, as long as you are being (or striving to be) the best version of yourself.”
Zurich Life and OnePath Life
“If the next role makes you feel sick in the stomach, then it’s the right next move for you!”
Women with Cents
“Back yourself and don’t be afraid to go for the job you don’t think you can get!”
Annie Kane is the editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business.
As well as writing about the Australian broking industry, the mortgage market, financial regulation, fintechs and the wider lending landscape – Annie is also the host of the Elite Broker and In Focus podcasts and The Adviser Live webcasts.
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