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C-suite career advice: Georgette Stewart, NSK Consultants

Georgette Stewart

 Company: NSK Consultants

 Job Title: Operations Director

 Location: Edinburgh, Scotland


What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received?
The most valuable piece of advice I received is that leadership is all about adaptability. Staying in your comfort zone will not lead to success, and your leadership techniques will have to mold depending on different situations. You must be able to adapt to the specific needs of the situation you’re in. “Adapt or Die” is a rather morbid quote from a film I once watched, but it really resonated with me – if you are unwilling to adapt, your leadership skills may become outdated. You must be open to new situations, be able to adapt to change and keep calm in unexpected situations.

What was the worst piece of business advice that you received?
The worst piece of advice I ever received was that it’s a man’s world, and I shouldn’t pursue the career I’m in. Luckily, these attitudes are shifting and women are now encouraged in tech. Currently we only make up less than 30% of the industry, but with campaigns being rolled out nationwide and courses becoming widely available to children attitudes are changing. If I listened to when I was told “you can’t/shouldn’t” I would not enjoy the success I have today.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career in the tech industry?
My advice for beginning your career in is to want to learn and grow. Look for opportunities to offer your services before you’ve finished your degree, you will gain valuable experience and help build your portfolio. The tech industry adapts so often you have to showcase that you’re able to grow with the market. During interviews, ask about the systems they use, your future employer will appreciate your interest in learning from them.

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a c-level position?
My advice for those aiming for C-level positions is to be proactive and remember that you are in charge of your career.  Actively seek information about all departments of the company you work in to learn more about the business. Once you have this information you will have to speak up in meetings. Discuss why your suggestions will be beneficial to the business as this will get you noticed as a natural strategic leader.

Are you particularly proud of any career advice that you’ve given or the career route/development of anyone you’ve mentored?
I am always proud when I hear stories of women in tech who I met earlier in my career explaining it was me who inspired them to pursue their career. You forget living day to day the impact you may have.


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