07 Mar International Women’s Day, 8th March. Meet Karen McCormack
What is your current role & what does it entail?
I am the Manager or our International Team. Our team supports Medical Professionals to move to the UK or Australia and secure employment within our wide client base. As our business grows we want to be the gateway agency that supports businesses to find talent throughout the globe and build an international community of professionals that we can place in varying locations and sectors.
Where did your career begin?
During university I worked in Marks and Spencer which gave me my first insight into the value of customer service and how integral it is in any sector. In order to succeed in any role you must value people and strive to offer a unique service that sets you apart from the rest. Following my Masters Degree in International Management I moved to Australia and wanted to apply these values in a business that is renowned for its quality service to all parties involved!
How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?
Within my sector specifically a large percentage of the Health Professionals are women and especially at those senior levels of Management within Australia – so it is highly motivating!
What are the current challenges for women in your sector?
Finding a work life balance in a demanding Medical sector. These health professionals are sometimes unable to work part time or shorter hours given the increasing demand- it can be difficult to manage full time work with family !
What advice would you give someone looking to start working in your sector?
Within the Recruitment or Medical sectors both warrant a strong work ethic and can be demanding to say the least. Being determined, hardworking and valuing people will allow you to succeed in any walk of life! Jump at opportunities presented to you even if unsure – your career is a journey that you control!
Would that advice be any different to a woman?
Nope exactly the same – but do it in a fabulous pair of heels!
Which women in the media inspire you?
Amal Clooney, Meghan Markle and Jacinda Ardern.
Who has inspired you growing up/throughout your life?
Varying people – My grandparents and parents! My grandad in particular was honoured with a medal for bravery and courage in the Siege of Jadotville. I have always been encouraged to be brave, work hard and strive for suc