“Having visible female mentors and role models at telecoms companies is absolutely crucial to ensure that all individuals are exposed to leaders that represent them. Looking up to someone or being mentored by someone who looks like you is a great confidence boost, and having been in your position before they’ll have plenty of advice and encouragement. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the women who built me up and gave me advice.
In order to have female role models in the workplace though, organisations must address pre-existing biases and gender stereotypes. Deep-rooted unconscious biases mean we hold different people to differing standards – like the idea that women are bossy but men are assertive. It’s up to companies to really start to challenge these stereotypes and foster open conversations.
Additionally, I think that a lot of women would benefit from companies offering mindset training. It’s been heavily researched and cited that men will apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, whereas women only apply if they meet 100% of them. Most of the time, it comes down to the fact that women don’t realise their skills. With mindset training, women will become confident in their brilliance and not shy away from new opportunities like applying for a promotion or new job.
That’s why I’m delighted to be a part of The Women in Wholesale mentoring scheme, which aims to promote and support women within BT Wholesale in their personal development. Through working with mentors, mentees will be able to have a safe space to share and discuss their development and improve their mindset, driven by the mentee’s overall work goals.