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    International Women’s Day: A moment of reflection

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    To coincide with International Women’s Day, business leaders from boutique executive support recruiters Bain & Gray, share what tips and advice for their younger self – in both their business and personal life…

    International Women’s Day this Sunday, March 8, is a moment to reflect on the past and the future. What would you have done differently, or told your younger self to avoid past mistakes. Whether it’s your career or your personal life, it’s vitally important to learn from your mistakes and embrace a growth mindset.  

    It’s impossible to look forward without a crystal ball, but a little bit of planning goes a long way. And having a plan is crucial.   The key is to find a fulfilling career and a rewarding role, in which case everyone – employer, employee and your own clients – wins. 

    We asked Executive Assistant, boutique recruiter Bain and Gray to offer up the key personal and professional gems they would have shared with their younger selves.  With ten years at the top of their game, their answers are useful for everyone in the profession. Lean in to hear their nuggets of wisdom and advice.

    Managing Director, Emily Bain, believes that no one should deny themselves an opportunity.

    “Say yes to every opportunity that arises and work out how to deal with it afterwards. Make sure you listen to others. Surround yourself with talented people. Employ them and then learn from them as we all have a different skillset.  Believe in yourself; hard work and a love of what you do will pay off. And remember your core values – don’t make it about profit – and have fun. 

    On a personal level, she says:  “It’s a cliché, but stop caring so much about what other people think…and don’t sweat the small stuff.”

    Tray Durrant, Director at Bain and Gray, advises to take yourself out of your comfort zone. 

    “Never stop learning – you will then constantly move out of your comfort zone and continue to expand your horizons, which keeps your career fresh and retains motivation. Choose something you love, as you will always want to do well because it doesn’t feel like work.”

    Finance and Operations Director, Claire Gray, recommends making time for yourself. 

    “Make time for yourself so you have the energy and mindset to give the best version of you. Don’t lose sight of the things that are important; family and friends, come before money and success – always.”

    And echoing her colleagues, she concludes:  “If you are having fun, the rest will fall into place.”

    Ban and Gray is launching a series of PA Podcasts this spring. Check out and tune into www.bainandgray.com/ to hear more. 

    Image by Susan Cipriano from Pixabay

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    Stuart O'Brien

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