The importance of having female co-workers, believing in oneself, and being dedicated against all odds were some of the highlights from our sit down with Deb Bemrose, our Account Manager for a prestigious client in the Transport Solutions Business Unit.
In conversation, Deb provides us with an understanding of what it is like to be a woman in the transport sector, what it truly means to build an inclusive workplace for women, and how we can act as role models for younger women who want to succeed in the industry.
Share your journey working in the transport sector.
Over the past 8 years, I have had the privilege of working in various roles within the transport sector. My journey began with a cleaning position, where I was inspired by my colleagues to strive for more every day.
When the opportunity arose for me to apply for the role of Account Manager at Bidvest Noonan, I had the support of my co-workers and a strong belief in myself to succeed. Through hard work and dedication, I am now proud to hold this position and continue to contribute to the success of our company in the transport sector.
What do you appreciate most about working with your team?
The best thing about my team is that they are my support system. They are receptive, collaborative, and value each other’s contributions. One aspect that I particularly appreciate is that almost half of our team is made up of women. This representation of women is a testament to our company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and it creates a sense of belonging and support for all of us.
As a woman on the team, I feel included and supported, and I know that my fellow women have my back. It’s an empowering feeling to work with such a diverse and supportive group of people.
Tell us what it means to be a woman in your position.
As a woman in my position, I recognise the importance of being a role model and advocate for other women who are interested in pursuing careers in the Transport industry. I believe that by creating opportunities and providing support, we can empower women to succeed.
In addition to my leadership role, I also make a conscious effort to foster a culture of respect and inclusivity within my team.
What steps do you think the transport sector can take to attract highly qualified women to the industry?
The transport sector has a lot to offer in terms of career opportunities, but it is often perceived as a male-dominated field. One of the biggest challenges facing the industry is the underrepresentation of women. To attract more high-calibre women to the sector, businesses should prioritise diversity and inclusivity in their workforce. This includes actively recruiting and promoting women and creating a supportive work environment that values diversity.
By taking these steps, businesses can set an example for younger generations and inspire more women to pursue careers in the transport sector. It’s important to recognise that diversity is not only the right thing to do, but it also leads to better business outcomes, including increased innovation and productivity.
What advice would you give to a woman who wants to build a career in transport?
My advice would be to believe in yourself and have confidence that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. As women, we sometimes doubt ourselves and question our abilities, but it’s important to remember that being a woman is our superpower.
To build a successful career in transport, don’t be afraid to take the next step and advocate for yourself. Speak up and make your voice heard, take on challenges that come your way, and don’t be discouraged by setbacks. Surround yourself with supportive colleagues and mentors who can offer guidance and encouragement.