“Having children has been the most pivotal moment in my career”

Confidence is a really strange thing and networking doesn’t have to be fearful says Susan Firbank, the Director of Resourcing at Barclays Retail and Barclays Bank.  

“The ‘networking’ word itself used to strike terror in me.” And it’s only very recently, in her mid-30s, that her attitude has had a radical shift.

Now, it’s the best part of her role, and she admits: “Without it my career would be very inhibited, not necessarily in my next job or career move, but just in terms of how I think and how I deal with things. I don’t have the answer to everything.”

Especially since returning to work after maternity leave: networking and forging strong relationships has been the lynchpin for keeping her team efficient.

Watch our video with Susan for a poignant insight into returning to work, appreciating humility and building dedicated teams.

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