20 Apr Top three takeaways from the first round of WiC events
The Women in Contracting program had its first round of national events recently, and we’re pleased to say events were well attended. Thank you to all who joined us and contributed to robust discussions around every table – there were many important takeaways from the event.
There is much to be said about talking about your challenges in the open; not only do you learn about yourself, but the people around you. I learned a lot – both in terms of the challenges faced by women working in the electrical industry and about the mistakes, achievements and hardships of everyone else who attended.
Each event showcased the diverse talents and shared challenges faced by women in contracting; from the personalities present, to the topics of discussion, the experiences of each guest highlighted the vast range of issue impacting women in our industry. Over the events, I noticed some common themes I would like to share them with you.
More often than not, someone has dealt with the same challenge that you are facing
There is nothing more empowering than knowing that in a time of need, you are not alone, and that there is someone you can lean on to help you overcome whatever is holding you back. If you take the time to engage with your family and friends, there is a high chance that someone has already faced your challenge, so use these groups when you need advice.
You do not have to be an expert at everything; instead surround yourself with people who are experts in different areas
This is one of the greatest ways to learn, because the experts you interact with have already mastered the skills that define their personalities and passion. Their skills might even grow on you and by surrounding yourself with ‘mentors’ you will have a diverse array of strengths and support at your side.
Take the time to spend an hour sharing lunch with a colleague or friend
Starting a conversation with someone can hold grand returns. I was delighted to see the networks formed and solutions shared in such a short space of time over lunch, imagine what could be achieved by doing this regularly. It’s so important to talk to others about your troubles – how else can you find like-minded people to help achieve your goals?
Finally, I encourage you to create the conversation online, and join the Women in Contracting Facebook Group for more updates, events and networking opportunities.
I look forward to seeing you at our next event.
General Manager Membership Services
Master Electricians Australia