Last week saw the third installment of the US Alumni Club's Career PowWow, in partnership with FTI Consulting, a global business advisory firm that provides multidisciplinary solutions to complex challenges and opportunities. We partnered with FTI's Balance Network, a forum for both men and women to learn and share their experiences of diversity and inclusion in the world of business.
The three panelists - Raja Palanaippan (former trader and now founder of a fintech startup), Joan Wales (scientist and Head of Operational Risks at BP) and Ralph Steward (engineer and Head of EMEA Rewards at Experian) - came from very diverse professional backgrounds which allowed the discussion to be truly engaging. Here's a list of the top tips they provided us:
- Finding a sponsor/champion is the key to making a career change - you need someone that is prepared to say "give her/him a chance"
- Networking is important, in fact critical, to career success
- When opportunities come, grab them as they may not come back
- Spend time developing relationships, especially when you join a new company or start a new role
- Position yourself where the change is happening, and showcase your capabilities that will allow you to fit in the new direction your company/industry is going
- Whenever you are in an organization, you are constantly being assessed - never let your guard down and always t hink about how you come across
- Three qualities that companies look for in talent: Judgement, Drive and Influence.