IWD 2021: advice for women starting their careers

posted on March 2021 by gap personnel group


To celebrate International Women's Day, we asked our team to share some words of wisdom for younger girls and women starting out in their careers.  

Patrycja Richards, HR Advisor

“Challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone, stay determined and open-minded - this will allow you to grow personally and professionally. And remember, the toughest times teach the most valuable lessons so never give up!"

Georgia Rowe, HR Assistant

“All things are difficult until they are easy” Always remember that knowledge is power and in order to succeed you need passion and determination to achieve your goals. Don’t dream about success, work for it – Coco Chanel."

Natasha Thomas, UK Sales Director

"When the why of what you do is compelling, the how becomes easy. Finding a career you enjoy, are passionate about and that gives you the opportunity to utilise your skills will help you create happiness."

Jade Price, HR Assistant

"My advice to a young woman starting her career is to always work hard to achieve your goal as there is no limit to what we as women can accomplish!"

Charlotte Haynes, Apprentice HR Administrator

"When I started my apprenticeship with gap in 2019 I was a single parent who hadn’t done anything like role before. I didn’t think it was possible for someone age 25 to do an apprenticeship. I have now achieved my Level 2 in Business and Admin and I’m currently in the process of completing my Level 3. Ultimately this proves that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve your goals!"

Samantha Norris, Senior Account Manager

"I am a Mum to a little diva who will soon be 2 turning 22! I am a Senior Account Manager and I take pride in everything I do. I work hard, I play less hard than I used to but still, I celebrate being a woman! It’s ok to be scared, the unknown is scary. But remember all progress takes place outside your comfort zone. Even if it’s a little progress each day, the results can be great! Be proud of who you are and what you achieve, Let’s celebrate being women on International Women's Day!"  

Helen Mathews, Business Development Manager

"Do something you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy what you do you won’t excel.  Make sure you are passionate - if you are passionate about what you do then training and development can be added in but without the passion then no amount of skill or work will make you successful.  My biggest piece of advice is to work for a company that values its employees and has core values aligned to your own beliefs - the same job in two different companies can be very different down to the company ethics and standards!"