What are some of the coolest things you like about working in your industry?
The dynamic nature of manufacturing and the ever-evolving development of new products and technologies. It is an exciting and diverse industry requiring a combination of commercial astuteness and an innovative mindset.
What do you enjoy most about the work you do?
Every day we benefit from the manufacturing sector, in the car we drive, the food we eat and the technologies that keep us connected, safe and well. Being a part of this is hugely rewarding, especially when the product is directly related to health and well-being, I can say I have been a very small part of life changing events for thousands of people.
What successful strategies have you used that have helped you transition to working in a non-traditional industry?
Build relationships. Acknowledge the strengths of others and be confident in your own skills and character.
How did you get started in your career pathway and what helped you along your career journey?
My career in manufacturing started quite unexpectedly when I moved from the UK to Sweden. My desire to learn, both on the factory floor and in a more academic capacity, the relationships I have built on my journey and my tenacity has served me well.
What or who has influenced your career pathway?
My self-driven believe that we are all capable of whatever we put our minds too, only we decide when enough is enough.
In school what subjects did you enjoy most or were good at?
Economics and drama, the selection was not as broad 20+ years ago as it is now, not in England at least.
What did you want to be or do when you left school. How does this compare with where you are now?
I believed I wanted to be an accountant. I say I believed because I followed the advice of those in a position of influence, and as a teen didn’t question their logic. I became an accountant and lasted about 6 years; it was not for me.
What are your qualifications?
I have an honours degree in economics, CIMA Accounting, Lean Manufacturing UniSA, Leadership and Management essentials UniSA, Foundations of Directorship AICD, Cert IV business and personal coaching.
What advice would you give to others (girls/women) about following careers in non-traditional industries?
You may be outnumbered but you are not outsmarted. Be authentic, be bold and be curious.
And lastly, we’d love if you could share how, you are making your own mark?
Through my work as a business improvement coach my goal is to support businesses and individuals to thrive.