To begin Clare Pointing, organisational consultant, advisor and executive coach for DML Consulting, drew on her experience in her own career. She remarked that the only way to achieve your career goals is to manage it strategically. Clare provided a succinct list of five truths with which to facilitate this; highlighting that exposure and reputation are the biggest driver for success and that, despite its often uncomfortable nature, change is essential for progression. She reinforced that in order to succeed one must be proactive, make choices and believe that you belong. Frances Moore, Senior Learning and Development Manager at Slaughter and May, then built on Clare’s point about work place anxiety and ‘imposter syndrome’ by sharing three personal stories. Her advice was to find your ‘thing’ and your ‘people’, and to use both to help differentiate and motivate yourself in your working life.
The course of the discussion was changed by Maria Coyle, Media and Communications Professional, who gave some extremely helpful and poignant tips about the best way to present yourself and your company via different forms of media. She emphasised the different ways traditional and social media must be treated in terms of their audience and purpose. Through sharing her own stories, Maria emphasised the importance of preparation and thought as to wider considerations before doing any media work. The overall take-away was that media is a fantastic, if not essential, way to help one stand out in a career, but it must be treated tactically in order to do so.
The discussion was followed by a Q&A which gave OWL audience members the opportunity to engage with the panel and expand on the advice given. The evening ended with a networking reception with drinks and canapés.
by Maia Gibb (First year BA Jurisprudence)