The Only Person That Should Influence Your Career Is You

It’s interesting to look back over your career and evaluate where you got it right, and got it wrong.

I have worked in a male dominated industry for most of my career and although it’s obvious that there are more men than women in my industry, I’ve honestly never given too much attention to it.  I’ve been lucky enough to be posted overseas three times, and I’ve travelled with work to countries and cultures that continue to amaze me.  I think it’s important to set the bar based on what you see from others, but not forget that you’re trying to make a better version of you, no one else.

When I’m learning, and working on something that’s as equally exhilarating as scary, I know it’s going to be a good day.  When I allow myself some time to really think about my work, rather than fire-fighting it really makes a difference. Relationships really drive work beyond expectations and it’s important to know people at a personal and professional level so you can understand what drives them, what’s impacting them, and how you need to support them to achieve everything they want to be.

Most of my close friends and colleagues would admit that, at some point, they made a bad decision about their career which set them back.  We took the fantastic role only to find out the reality was different to the interview pitch.  We didn’t ask the right questions during the interview process or been trapped in a role we don’t enjoy because we lack the nerve to make the change.  We’ve not applied for an internal move because we lack the confidence to give it a shot.  The last one is most interesting because statistics tell us that women are more likely to focus on what they don’t have for that new role, rather than what they do have.

How many friends and family can you fit in a photo-booth?

The best advice I could give any young professional, is to ask questions, trust your instincts and take the time to evaluate “what’s next” regularly, even if it scares you.  The only way to have a solid, long-lasting career (which you enjoy) will be to challenge your mind and body while understanding that health and happiness cannot be taken for granted.  We are human, and without the right environment and ‘nourishment’ we can break, and sometimes you might be the last person to see it coming.  Surround yourself with people, both professionally and personally, who will be truthful with you about the areas you excel and the areas you need to improve.  Take on board the feedback you receive, even if it hurts, disappoints you or makes you angry.  Trust me, when you have a chance to really digest that feedback, you will see the relevance in what’s been shared.  Find yourself some professional and personal role models who have similar values, so when things get tough, you have support.

And when you make decisions that don’t seem to be turning out for the best, don’t forget you can always course-correct.  The person who should influence your career and your life the most should be you. Take control of your own destiny – only you can know where you got things right, and where you got them wrong.  When you get things right it’s the best feeling in the whole world, and if you get it wrong, hopefully you learned something about yourself.

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Julie McDowell – Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition,
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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Martine Mason

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Meet Martine Mason. She’s the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition, EMEA.

What does a Senior Director of Talent Acquisition do?

Martine at Ditton Park, CA Technologies UKI

Martine is responsible for a team of experienced recruiters and researchers across EMEA, who’s aim is to identify and attract the best talent in the market to come and work at CA.

“We use a variety of methods including headhunting, market mapping, social media outreach and referrals to identify potential candidates for both current and future opportunities. The recruiters work with the business areas and managers to understand their goals and we try to ensure a great candidate experience by building close and lasting relationships in the market.”

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Martine about what she brings to CA she told us that her main assets include strong communication skills and an inclusive approach to support the delivery of high performance within CA.

“I bring extensive knowledge and understanding of strategic leadership, workforce planning, and change management, with particular expertise in recruitment solutions, at both UK and European levels.”

Martine with her son Luke at our beautiful grounds at Ditton Park

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

Martine’s believes that instead of asking yourself what’s next, consider instead asking, “what do I want my legacy to be and how do I make that happen?”

“You will never be successful unless those around you want you to be, remember the importance of relationships in shaping who you are, how and what you learn and never compromise your values. It is important to have goals but not at the cost of everything else, so challenge and be challenged, ask for help, and surround yourself with people who are great at what they do!”

My female inspiration

Martine has many female and male role models but mentions one of her biggest inspirations is Maya Angelou – an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.

“From my career it would be a manager from a previous role, who I am still lucky to call a friend today, she taught me to be fearless, to recognise my value and potential and how to help others to recognise theirs.”

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/maya-angelou-quotes-2014-5

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the companies mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. She has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

“Self-Aware – you need to ask yourself the tough questions, to take feedback and know how to learn from it even if you don’t always agree with it.  Authentic – people need to know you are genuine with your actions and what you say, only through open and honest conversations can you build credibility and trust. Resilient – you won’t always get every job you go for, you won’t always receive great feedback and you won’t always be successful, but you will always have another opportunity, so be ready and continue to strive for greatness.”

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Martine Mason – Senior Director Talent Acquisition, EMEA
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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Sarah Atkinson

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Sarah at the recent Digital Assembly

Meet Sarah Atkinson. Sarah is the Vice President of EMEA Communications.

What does a Vice President of Communications do?

Sarah is responsible for protecting and promoting CA’s brand in EMEA across various audiences including media, influencers, social, employees, executives and leading our social responsibility program called Create Tomorrow which is focused on addressing the STEM skills gap in Europe.

“I am also the exec sponsor for gender diversity in EMEA and am on the board of techUK – a not for profit that works with the UK government on its digital strategy.”

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Sarah about what she brings to CA she told us that one of the main assets she brings is pace. In her role she’s continuously planning for the unexpected and being comfortable with change are all important elements of her role.

“I try to be very externally focused and ensure we stay relevant, current and up the minute both in terms of market trends but also the discipline of Communications.”

Sarah on the panel at the Digital Assembly

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

“Never forget the women around you, those who helped you get to where you are today, and always pay it forward.”

My female inspiration

Growing up, Sarah was inspired by Kate Adie, OBE DL – who was the chief news correspondent for BBC News, during which time she became well known for reporting from war zones around the world.

“Firstly, she was a woman and I thought if she can do that, then I can too. Secondly, I was inspired by the power of storytelling.  It was a pretty powerful combination and it inspired me to become a journalist.”

Source: http://www.azquotes.com/author/114-Kate_Adie

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the companies mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. She has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

Book signing for a young girl that won the 3M Young Innovators Challenge

“Creative – blended with Socially Aware. Constantly looking outside the organisation at new trends, topics, customer needs to ensure we are relevant and up to date in everything from how we go to market to how we engage with influencers in the market.

Resilient – important not to take things personally, to be able to take tough decisions when needed, even if not the most popular but are the best for the customer. Calm under pressure, I often liken my role to a swan; calm on the surface but paddling furiously underneath the water.”

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Sarah Atkinson – Senior Vice President of People, EMEA
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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Abigail Wilkinson

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Meet Gail Wilkinson. She’s the Senior Vice President of People.

What does a Senior Vice President of People do?

Gail is responsible for the People function at CA which incorporates – People Business Partners, Talent Requisition and Talent Development, Reward and People Ops.

“Ultimately though I am here to support the business on all aspects relating to the leadership and management of their people.”

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Gail about what she brings to CA she told us that one of her main assets is her vast experience. She brings 25 years of knowledge gained from experience in Banking and Tech industries.

“I bring a sense of purpose and determination to ensure that our Company succeeds through the leadership of its most valuable asset, its people.”

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

With Gail’s vast breadth of experience, it was refreshing to hear the one piece of advice she would offer is to be yourself!

“Be yourself, don’t assume a role or a personality you think people want you to be but be who you are. You are more valuable if you are yourself and more authentic and authentic leadership ensures a more open and honest working environment where people are focussed on deliverables and outcomes that are best for the Company.”

My female inspiration

One of Gail’s inspirations is Dame Anita Roddick – Founder of the Body Shop.

“It was the first time I really thought about females being founders and CEO’s of a company. She took an idea and grew it and stayed true to her principles.”

Source: http://www.azquotes.com/author/12516-Anita_Roddick

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core DNA that aligns with the company’s  mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. Gail has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

“You must know your self – strengths and weaknesses to be able to lead others, you have to be authentic in leading others so people know where they stand with you and you must be resilient to manage the pressures placed upon you.”

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Abigail Wilkinson – Senior Vice President of People, EMEA
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