The first thing that attracted to the AEF was the research – the data. And after expressing interest the group pulled me right in. Getting to know the team and the work makes me regret not getting acquainted sooner. About the future of the industry, with a little planning and some hard work, we can effect the changes that are required for us to ensure that the future is loaded with opportunity for all who want to make it their career. Being part of the team that is figuring this out is very empowering.
Be patient, but don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. This advice has served me well as it’s created space for me to have very open discussions with my manager and colleagues. And now as I shifted into a role where I can help others, it’s advice I find myself saying it all the time.
Perhaps it’s cliché, but the people I get to do the work with are what I enjoy most about my job. They’re openness to try fresh approaches at how we identify and hire talent is so empowering that it keeps us all showing up eager to see what we can make happen next. When the team is inclined to start with YES, anything is possible.