Say yes to opportunity
An Enterprise career can offer unexpected opportunities. Drive reporter Caroline Cuthbertson talks about an experience that she never expected.
When I applied for the Management Undergraduate of the Year Award back in 2014 I would never have imagined that two years later I would be asked to join the team in presenting Enterprise to the judges of the Women of the Future Awards. Nor that it would be our UK HR director who asked me to attend because of my career achievements so far.
I went to London with HR Director Leigh Lafever-Ayer and National Sales Manager Jo Vickers to present our individual career stories in front of two female directors judging the category that we had entered.
Afterwards it hit me that out of everyone else in the company, I had been the one chosen to be there and to talk about how Enterprise has helped me become the woman I am, and that’s exactly what I want to say in this article.
Enterprise has a culture that allows you to truly stand out as an individual and be recognised throughout the company, if you have the right attitude to grasp opportunities that are presented to you. I reached out to be a part of the Drive magazine team and subsequently met some of the most senior women in our business today. I was able to express my creativity through the magazine and share my ideas about how we can improve it to reach and talk to a wider female audience at all levels of the business.
Enterprise has a culture that allows you to truly stand out as an individual and be recognized throughout the company, if you have the right attitude to grasp opportunities that are presented to you.
It doesn’t matter what level you are, at Enterprise you can project your personal brand right from the start and use the exposure you get effectively to get to where you want to be.
I have already achieved so much in this company by saying yes to the right opportunities for me. This has enabled me to become one of the most noticed young women in the business and that speaks volumes.
When I walk out of a room I want people to remember me for being an individual who will do amazing things and succeed. I am so proud to say that I have successfully made that impression otherwise I wouldn’t have been asked to have been a part of the Women of the Future awards.
Enterprise has taught me the importance of ‘savvy’ networking which is all about connecting with the right people who will help you advance in your career. Sometimes this means you need to step out of your comfort zone so you can get noticed. That’s exactly what I did by getting involved with Drive.
A top tip from me to anyone starting in Enterprise: always be aware of your value. Take note of everything you do and make sure you get the recognition you deserve. And finally, as one woman said during her speech at the Women of the Future awards evening – sometimes you’ve got to be more bold!