Meet Victoria, Researcher for Beilby Downing Teal Queensland

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Brief overview of your job

National and international candidate sourcing and selection of Senior / Executive level candidates primarily within the Mining & Resources, Engineering and Construction sectors.  I Identify and approach potential candidates using a number of methods.

Highlights and Challenges

The roles I usually work on are generally the more difficult to find a candidate for, hence they are searched positions. So for some roles, I need to map the market and identify potential candidates in the organisations listed in our search strategies to make sure we have sourced everyone in that particular market.

A challenge is definitely sourcing females for particular roles that are in male-dominated industries ie Mining Engineers, all types of Engineering roles, Mine Managers, Construction Managers, Estimators etc.

How do you challenge gender bias and inequality or seek out and celebrate women’s achievements.

I like to read and share articles online for example from The Female Lead.

I like to read biographies of strong female role models and talk about them within my network. I recently read Jacina Ardern’s biography, I have also enjoyed Jacqueline Gold and Anita Roddick.

I attend women in construction (NAWIC) and women in mining (WIMARQ) annual networking events and also the international women’s day breakfast. I listen to the journey’s that the speakers have been on to become the strong and/or successful role model’s that they are today.

Any advice for those looking to follow your footsteps

I think it’s important that we recognise the next generation and that we continue the progress we have made for women to work in any type of role in all industries. We have certainly come along way in the last 150+ years with the movement for gender equality and valuing women in the workforce.

Identifying female role models to our younger generation is a great way to encourage ambition, one of my inspirations is Jacinda Ardern – my 4 year old knows who she is 🙂 .

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