Margarita Kostova, Compliance Manager within our Transport Solutions Business Unit, sheds light on the experiences of women in the transportation industry today.
In our interview, she shares valuable insights on what women are seeking in the workplace and the impact of a progressive work environment.
From the importance of supportive co-workers to the value of perseverance in the face of challenges, Margarita’s perspective offers a valuable perspective on the current landscape for women in transportation.
What has your experience been like as a woman working in the transportation industry?
I have about ten years of experience in the transport industry. It hasn’t always been easy, and I have faced many barriers, but I am grateful for my what I have learned. Being adaptable and focused were the two major characteristics that helped me get where I am now.
Over the past few years, I have received a ton of support from colleagues, which has increased my confidence and comfort. As a woman in the industry, it really helps to have supportive colleagues who share the same vision as you and believe in teamwork.
How do you ensure that women on your team feel equal and valued?
I am aware of how crucial it is to make my team members feel appreciated. As a manager, I frequently have one-on-one interactions with everyone, especially the women in my team and try to create a secure environment where they feel free to express any needs they may have.
Additionally, I make sure they are informed of any new career-advancing possibilities the business has introduced. Many times you will find me pushing them to pursue more while they self-doubt. I think that when an opportunity arises, we should first say “yes” and then consider how we would carry it through.
What initiatives, in your opinion, should the transport sector take to recruit highly skilled women to the field?
In my opinion, the lack of support and opportunity for growth and development is one of the industry’s primary concerns. I believe that businesses would benefit from investing in training, workshops, and development opportunities for employees to assist them to become competent and advance in their professional lives. Women today prefer to work for organisations and in positions where the business is willing to invest in them.
How have your colleagues and the organisation helped you grow in your current position?
At Bidvest Noonan, I have had plenty of support from my team and my manager who is also a woman. Additionally, I have taken part in a number of workshops and courses that have been organised by the company, which have improved my understanding of both myself and my role.
I recently finished a leadership program provided by Bidvest Noonan, and it has really helped me gain knowledge and insights that I can use in my current role to progress. I believe it is essential to create a culture of learning where people are given opportunities to develop and demonstrate their abilities.
What advice do you have for a woman looking to pursue a career in transport?
My piece of advice would be to not be afraid and grab the opportunity when it presents itself. It’s a great time and age to work in the transport industry and there’s nothing that a woman can’t do!