On Friday 6 March Career Ready partnered with international technology, media and telecoms law firm Olswang to mark International Women’s Day at their annual 'Climbing your career ladder... in heels' event, which seeks to inspire young female Career Ready students with practical career advice from some of the country’s leading female business women.
At this year’s fifth annual event, around 70 students from a number of London schools gathered at Olswang’s London office to hear career tips and advice from female business leaders at high-profile companies, including 10 Downing Street, Microsoft, Facebook, Vodafone and Olswang themselves.
The event also featured a guest speech from Bianca Miller, finalist on The Apprentice and founder and director of her own company, The Be Group, who said: “It was a pleasure to speak at the ‘Climbing your career ladder…in heels’ event for the second year in a row. I am always delighted to see the group of young motivated ladies from London schools gaining new knowledge and inspiration from experienced women. It was gratifying to share my journey from education to entrepreneurship and finally to The Apprentice."
“Whilst I am hopeful that things are changing for the better for women in business, the challenges are still all too evident. Many of them are to do with workplace culture, but we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that many of our girls come into the workplace with ideas of their own limitations,” said Linda Zell, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Olswang. “We have amazing women here at Olswang, and we are proud to work with a number of incredible women as clients, suppliers and in the community. This event is an opportunity for us to showcase female trailblazers, who we hope will inspire the next generation of women to climb the career ladder all the way to the top.”
Anne Spackman, Chief Executive of Career Ready, said: “It’s not until you meet students like ours that you realise the great untapped potential that exists among young people on our estates. Firms like Olswang, who offer our students regular opportunities, not only inspire these young women but help to give them the role models and networks of their wealthier peers.”