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How to get ahead in finance as a female

Alison Bradley, Managing Director at Central Finance has been in Finance for over seventeen years working with businesses to drive growth and was recently asked by The Independent to share her experiences. I haven’t been to University; I started my career in Finance, 17 years ago in a part time administration position for a local funding scheme. I had returned to College at the age of 30 and spent 2 years completing a HND in Business and Finance.   The job was interesting and it suited me as I was able to fit the hours around my 2 young children, 3 and 6 at the time.  As the children grew so did my hours and role in the business. Now I run my own company and yes the hours are longer and you never quite switch off (why would you want to – it’s your business) but it’s also flexible so my work/home life kind of blend together.

I have to say that I have never really thought about the ‘glass ceiling’.  Although I’m often the only woman sitting around the board table.  It may be simplistic to say that be successful in what you do is about attitude, but it has as great part to play.  I love what I do, I always have, I have a great interest in business, not only mine, but also the businesses that I serve.  There are plenty of opportunities for women looking for a career in finance, and often they may be found in unexpected places. My advice would be, don’t think about the glass ceiling, why limit yourself, your future career is full of possibilities and it’s up to the individual to see the opportunities and seize them, whether you are running your own business or working for someone else having the right mindset is crucial.