‘Women in Localisation’ is a topical movement surrounding diversity and equality in the workplace, particularly in the localisation industry. At thebigword we believe it’s important to support all employees, regardless of gender, race, religion and beliefs. We’re proud of the diversity amongst our employees and take pride in having on board a large number of senior women in localisation.
This month we sat down with Tracey, our General Manager for the MOJ to discuss her views on equality and what it’s like to be a woman in a senior position within the business.
What is it like to be a female in a senior position?
It’s challenging but that goes for anyone in a senior position. There’s a certain amount of expectation on any senior manager. However, it’s all down to the individual to make sure they can deliver what’s required, as well as balance other aspects of their life.
Where did your career start?
I’d say my career started when I was quite young. I didn’t come from a wealthy family which spurred me on to want more for myself. It made me ambitious and strive for the best – I wanted to climb the career ladder which has helped me get to where I am now.
What did you aspire to be when you were younger?
I always wanted to be a teacher! In my later teen years, I branched out and went into analytics as I was strong at maths. This led me onto more technical roles. I also realised I’m good at people management, and the two don’t often come together, which led me to the role I’m in now.
How do you manage work/home life balance?
It’s difficult. I have a young family as well as hobbies and other commitments. I train in kettlebell sports and I’m on the England team which is something I take seriously. It’s difficult to maintain a balance across all things – if one takes over, others start to suffer. I always ensure I make time for family and own interests as well as doing a good job for thebigword and our client.
Did your career/home life influence each other? For example, did you choose to start a family later to concentrate on your career etc.?
Not really, my family happened at the right time. The circumstances that I was made redundant from a previous job after my first child was born, definitely made me push on and do better. Now my children are a bit older, it’s slightly more difficult to balance certain things e.g. helping my children with homework etc.
Do you find your role rewarding?
Yes, it’s really rewarding. I hadn’t done a similar job to this before thebigword, so it was a big change for me. The client is really happy with the service we deliver and there are lots of opportunities to improve and succeed further with this important client.
What are your thoughts on the push to encourage greater female Board members?
I think it’s all about getting the right person for the role, rather than someone’s gender. I would encourage the women in the organisation to aspire to Board positions rather than expecting the company to do more. I wholehearted believe that women are equally as capable as their male counterparts and many of them should believe in their abilities a bit more, because they most definitely can achieve it!
What do you think the workplace can do to support equal opportunities for male and female candidates in senior positions?
Make everybody, regardless of gender, empowered to do whatever role they want to do. From thebigword’s perspective, we are definitely there and no-one is held back due to their gender.
Tracey Howson, General Manager for the MOJ