Seven successful business women share their advice for younger generations
From the need to build self-belief to the value of hands-on experience in the field you aspire to, and the importance of surrounding yourself with people who believe in you, seven Brisbane businesswomen have their say on what advice they would offer today’s ambitious young women.
Sallie Tamblyn, Managing Director and International Director with Brisbane-based , a model management and placement agency, is a believer that “the sky is the limit, if you do not let anything stand in your way and believe in yourself”.
“It starts with you and if you can’t do that, no-one else will do it for you,” Ms Tamblyn continued, saying she believed in old-fashioned, yet proven approaches to building a career.
“Get work experience; knock on the door and introduce yourself and don’t be afraid of hard work. I think many people would be surprised at how quickly you can get to the top when you start at the bottom and it is always important to never walk out the door at work until you have finished your tasks for the day.”
“Women should use their strength to speak up but do so in a respectful way,” Ms Bryce-Browning added. “That means not getting pushed around, but gently pushing back with humour.
“I also think young women need to surround themselves with people who encourage them to trust their instincts and move outside of their comfort zone to try new things.”
“Think about the lifestyle you want,” she encouraged. “What are your priorities? Time? Financial security? Career progression? And be clear about what you want to be surrounded by. For some people that will mean being around people, for others it will be people and others still it will be travelling.
“Also, refer to as many mentors as you can because this will give you an important boost to grow strong and build an empire!”
“If you love what you do, then it will make the tough days easier to manage,” she said. “I would also say never pass up an opportunity and always put your hand up when there is a chance to step up.”
, Designer – Christmas and Visual Merchandising, with Visual Merchandising Plus (), wants to let young women know that it is “absolutely” possible to balance a career with a fulfilling and happy family life.
“You can absolutely balance family and work without compromising your career growth,” Ms Davern insists. “This is something we must all insist on.
“Gone are the days where women don’t get the senior roles because ‘the hours will be too demanding and impact the time required to also look after the family’. This is no longer acceptable. Working hours are more flexible and expectations are shifting so go for it!”
She also said it was important to follow your passion in your career because “you do not want to be stuck doing something you don’t enjoy for 50 years”.
“There are a few things I would like to tell young women who have strong professional aspirations including the need got get a formal education because it always opens more pathways,” she continued.
“There will be some sacrifices, strive for work-life balance, but you must retain your integrity, keep up the fight for recognition and equality and crow about your successes while learning from your challenges.”
“I think each person’s definition of success can change and evolve as their life evolves so embrace this,” Ms Homeward said. “For me, relationships are the most important thing in business, whether it’s building strong client relationships, or those with potential business associates.
“Literally anyone you meet could be a potential client business associate, so it’s a good habit to prioritise engagement with people in any situation. I have also found there is so much truth in the analogy “it’s not what you know, but who you know” with many of my jobs coming by word of mouth.”