Rachel Kay's take on IWD at Robert Walters

We spoke to Rachel Kay, Manager at Robert Walters Sydney, about what International Women's Day means to her and how this is embraced at Robert Walters.  Here's what she had to say:
 
1. Please can you share with us a little about you and background at Robert Walters?

I grew up in Manchester and after studying Physical Education & Teaching at university, I decided to travel and moved to Australia in 2015. I fell in love with Australia from the moment I arrived, and I settled in Sydney. I made a lot of friends in the recruitment industry, many suggested the role would be a great fit for me and spoke highly of the culture and opportunities. I applied to Robert Walters as it was well known for its excellent support for new starters and ongoing commitment to training and development. I was lucky enough to secure a recruitment consultant role in the accounting and finance team, and sponsorship. The rest is history and I have never looked back - five years later, I now manage the accounting and finance team.

The culture at Robert Walters is vibrant and energetic, it's a fun place to be. I have had lots of opportunities to succeed and progress, and thanks to a supportive manager I've acheived many promotions and rewards. Last year, I was fortunate enough to have a little girl, Robert Walters has supported my maternity leave and been extremely flexible and accommodating since my return to work.  

2. What do you enjoy most about your role at Robert Walters?

Working in a rewarding yet challenging environment with like minded people. I manage a team of highly motivated recruitment consultants and it is a pleasure working with them everyday building exceptional client and candidate relationships.  

3. What does #breakthebias mean to you?

Treat everybody equally regardless of gender, race and colour in our workplaces and communities. We need to work hard to break down biases and create a diverse and inclusive world.   

4. How do you believe we can #breakthebias in the workplace?

I believe HR and business leaders can drive change by doing the following:

  • Educate their workforce, with a focus on hiring managers, about unconcious bias and how to recognise it. 
  • Advise their business of the benfits seen when organisations are able reduce bias in the hiring process and hire based on skill set. 
  • Review internal policies to ensure that they offer policies that are mutually beneficial to all genders  

5. Do you have any advice to give other women?

Your career will be a crazy adventure, it’s important to have fun and laugh often. Have big dreams and always strive for excellence, be true to yourself and celebrate your achievements. 

 

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