We asked four of our female colleagues who hold managerial positions: Eliza Wiśniewska (Assistant Manager), Justyna Mężydło (Team Coordinator) Marta Sabarańska (Team Coordinator) and Emilia Majewska (Team Manager).
Women at CERI
What position did you start at CERI? Was it a managerial position right away?
Eliza: I started as a coordinator. After 7 months I became a Manager and after about 4 years I became a Deputy Manager.
Justyna: I started with an Assistant position, now this position corresponds to a Junior Consultant. I have been a coordinator since 2017.
Marta: Like Justyna, I started as an Assistant, I went through all the possible levels, and since January this year I’ve been a Coordinator.
Emilia: I also started as an Assistant, even though I was a Manager in my previous job. Then I became a Coordinator, and now I’m a Manager.
What do you think helped you get promoted?
Marta: I think it was mostly helped by people in higher positions who saw my potential and helped me develop into a team leader.
Justyna: There were simply opportunities for that. I don’t know how it is in similar companies, but in our company there are internal recruiters who allow you to apply for other positions, including managerial ones.
You point to external conditions here. But what do you think are some internal traits, acquired skills or attitudes that influence your work as a team leader?
Emilia: Innate skills definitely help you find your way in these positions. Some things you just feel.
Eliza: What helped me a lot was my “wildness of heart”, my energy, contact with people, openness. Resistance to stress is also important. I made it clear to my supervisor what I needed to achieve my goals and expand my skills. If I was given a task, I never said that something was impossible. I believe that everything is doable, you just have to be more dedicated to certain topics.
Justyna: I would also add the desire to develop and try new things. Especially when we can’t do something in a given position because we are limited by a certain range of tasks.