Karren Brady's career advice to a woman who has been at the same company for the last 18 years

APPRENTICE star and West Ham United vice-chair Karren Brady answers your careers questions and meets an inspirational CEO.

She gives advice to career advice to a woman who has been at same company for 18 years.

Q) I’ve been at the same company for the last 18 years, and worked my way up several rungs of the ladder to reach middle management, where I’ve stayed for the last 10 years, doing pretty much the same job for all of that time.

The company has been hit hard by the pandemic (though I was never furloughed) and redundancies are being mentioned.

I’m trying to put together a CV just in case the worst happens, but I’m struggling with how to present to prospective employers the fact that my role has barely changed over the last decade.

Do you have any advice?

Elena, via email

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A) Doing a job well is something to be proud of, even more so that you have obviously been doing this role successfully for 10 years.

You need to focus on everything you have achieved during your time at the company – where you started and where you have progressed to, changes you have implemented, and the relationships you have built during your 18 years there.

If you are asked during the recruitment process how your current role has changed, think of ways you have adjusted throughout the pandemic.

Working virtually has brought new challenges for us all, and we have had to adapt.

Think of examples of how you’ve changed the ways you communicate with colleagues when you haven’t seen them in person, how you update your manager on your ongoing workload, new technology you now use, and any extra responsibilities you’ve taken on when other team members were furloughed (no matter how small they might seem).

Remember to focus on the positives – what you do, not what you don’t.

A Day In The Life Of…

Emma Forrester, 37, is the CEO and co-founder of The Limitless CEO, helping female CEOs grow businesses.

She lives in Oxfordshire with her business director husband Joel, 36, and their one-year-old daughter Darcie. 

I wake up at… 

Any time from 5am, when Darcie tells me to! The first three hours are all about her, then when she goes to nursery at 8am I do a 20-minute run or a HIIT session, shower, then have breakfast.

A normal day is… 

At 9.30am, before my business partner Ali Mortimer and I do anything, we have an alignment session to ensure we’re both on the same page.

Mornings are dedicated to hour-long virtual sessions with private clients who we support for four- to 12-month-long periods.

We think of ourselves as a business-coaching dream team, helping women create business growth around their family and life.

We also run masterclasses, webinars, coaching clinics and full-day immersion sessions about topics such as brand creation.

Our afternoons are mostly devoted to creating content, such as free training for The Limitless CEO community, thinking up ideas for our Facebook or writing Instagram posts. 

The best part of my job is… 

The sisterhood and the partnership that Ali and I create for each other and the women in our programmes and communities.

In school, universities and corporate settings, often women don’t feel supported by other women.

We’re changing that with our sisterhood. 

And the worst… 

Social shaming. Occasionally people make hurtful comments.

We’re here to create freedom, wealth, happiness and power, and those topics can make people feel uncomfortable.

Often when people lash out it’s because they want that very thing. 

I wind down by…

I finish work at 3.30pm to pick up Darcie, then once she’s in bed I’ll cook a meal for me and Joel while listening to The Diary Of A CEO With Steven Bartlett podcast.

I have a no-digital policy post 8pm, so I’ll read and meditate before lights out at 10pm.

Follow The Limitless CEO on Instagram @Forthelimitlessceo or on Facebook @Forthelimitlessceo.

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