IF on Tour brings together local organisations, businesses and our VIFs (Very Inspiring Females) with enthusiastic and eager to learn girls, offering a unique insight into the world of work and helping to develop and foster skills in team working, communication and creativity. Since launching we have had three projects - a full day with Aviva and two from previous VIFs.
LOOK BEYOND THE OBVIOUS. BE AGILE ENOUGH TO REINVENT WHAT YOU DO.
KATE MCCLUSKEY - AVIVA
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In January 2018, a group of students from Norwich High School for Girls were welcomed to Aviva’s famous Marble Hall in Norwich. More than 40 members of Aviva staff volunteered their time to act as mentors, sharing their career pathways and learnings with 33 girls aged 12-17.
The day included the chance to meet some of Aviva’s senior female leaders, and a chance to find out more about Aviva’s work, with workshops in asset management, medical underwriting, cyber security and data science.
Thank you to all of the fantastic staff at Aviva for putting together such a interesting and inspirational day. Read Nikki's blog below to find out more about the day!
FIND A GOOD MENTOR. CHOOSE CAREFULLY - LOOK FOR THE QUALITIES YOU DON'T ALREADY POSSESS.
DEBBIE PEJICA - AVIVA
Sixth Form student Nikki gives us the low-down on her experience at our recent Inspiring Females on Tour event – an opportunity to find out more about the breadth of opportunities available at Aviva and to discover what goes on behind those lovely marble walls….
Stepping foot inside the grand main entrance at Marble Hall, I was unsure of what to expect from the UK’s largest general insurer. Watching Aviva’s advertisements, I think there is a common misconception of what such large corporations actually do. However, as soon as we began our sessions for the day, it became clear to me that Aviva has so much more dimension as a brand than I could have ever imagined.
Cyber security, data science, asset management and product design are fields that I never thought Aviva was associated with but I was happy to learn that this was wrong. Hearing employees wholeheartedly explain what they do for Aviva in their particular field sparked an interest in this organisation, with its positive working environment that encourages employees to continually expand their knowledge.
What made this day so great for me was that everyone had various opportunities to talk to, and engage with, employees at Aviva through speed mentoring sessions, panels and workshop activities. I found this one of the most beneficial aspects of the day as it allowed me to gain a full understanding of the evolution that large brands have undergone. The obligation or preference in having a university degree, or education ending once you enter the workplace, are no longer facts for multiple brands - and this includes Aviva! Education is a powerful tool but personality and your ability to fit in with company culture are factors that potentially are starting to be of greater importance. With various courses and training programmes typically available to employees at such large organisations, education no longer has a definitive termination.
It is no secret that the workplace is constantly changing but brands recognise this, hence their evolution and development.
So if there was only one thing I could take away from this day, it would be that you should always be open to finding out more about the diversity of big brands, as you will most definitely be happy to see that there is much more to a brand than meets the eye.
I WISH I'D GOT SOME GUTS.
TAKE A RISK.
PAULA THOMSEN - AVIVA
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THE STYLE SHOW
A team of girls worked with Chrissi Rix, Founder and Director of The Styleshow Ltd to shape, organise and promote a Styleshow event which was to take place at the end of May. The session started with Chrissi summarising how a Styleshow event works, and then it was over to the girls to prepare all of the event logistics, from marketing the evening to venue arrangements. The final event was a great success, with 70 guests attending and raising over £800 for charity, as well as creating potential new customers for Chrissi’s business.
MAZ BROWN - AVIVA
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Another team worked with Karen Ruthven, Personal and Business Performance Trainer and Coach for Mindspan Global. Karen shared the outline of her new ‘How to deal with rejection’ workshop which she has designed particularly for university students. The girls were tasked with being ‘critical friends’ – feeding back at every stage of the workshop and helping Karen to launch this in the near future.
“Just a message to thank you and the girls for your interaction and helpful feedback last week. It was a really enjoyable session and I hope you all took away some useful information and tips!”
IF on Tour biographies and programme
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