SL-10 Career Aspirations Post Pandemic: What Every Hiring Manager Needs to Know

12.08.2020 - By Data Futurology - Leadership And Strategy in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science

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Kate Carruthers, Chief Data & Insights Officer at the University of New South Wales joins us for an episode that discusses the results of a survey shared by She Loves Data across their community regarding women's expectations about their careers, given the challenges of the past year.
To start us off, Kate shares how her change-ready attitude has allowed her to seize new opportunities and learn new things. Though it might be intimidating, she encourages others to step up and say ‘yes’ to challenges.
The pandemic of 2020 changed the nature of work forever, affecting millions of careers. Sadly, more women were hit harder. For this reason, She Loves Data reached out to their community and asked professional women about their worries, challenges and aspirations regarding work.
Her advice for women listening is to find a community of people like them and groups that support them. Surrounding yourself with others may provide helpful and valuable perspectives that you might have not yet considered.


"I got my start in IT by being in the kitchen of the National Trust and making a comment about the network to the executive director and she said, you seem like you know what you’re doing, you should be in charge, and I said, sure."

"I say yes a lot. When new opportunities come up I have a tendency to say yes because I’m very change-ready. I’m at the front-end of that change curve, I’m not one of the people at the back end of the change curve. I think that’s so important because it gives you the opportunity to try, and you might fail but you might not. I’ve succeeded more than I’ve failed, on average."

"Getting everybody together because in the modern world it's much more complex and no one person has the solution to the problems. It needs to be a collaborative effort and if you don't bring people together you don’t get the best solutions. You don’t get that diversity of thinking from the different perspectives, and that brings better and richer solutions."

"I was suddenly responsible for all computer systems in the organization and I had no idea of what I was doing, but I got up to speed and I really had an amazing opportunity and I took it."

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