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Our Co-op is a proud partner of Be Inspired, Retail Week’s campaign to support women in getting the most from their retail careers.

Be Inspired was initially set up as a forum for senior people to share experiences and advice, but its success has meant it’s become a lot more than that. With the support of over 50 ambassadors from companies like Karen Millen, Tesco and O2 they now organise monthly events to arm people with the skills to turn inspiration into action.

Three top tips

Recently I went along to the annual conference in London. It was a jam-packed day full of talks, panel sessions and workshops on topics like mentoring, leadership and building resilience.

There were loads of people from the Co-op there and Peter Batt, our Divisional Managing Director for food stores in the South, hosted a session on influencing. Now that the day is behind me, I’ve had a chance to reflect and here’s what I’ve taken away:

  1. Know yourself and what you want:
    Be clear, both with yourself and others, about what you’re good at are and how you can make a difference. The same goes for areas for development – what do you need to learn to land your dream job and how are you going to get those skills
  2. Get support:
    If you see someone you think you can learn from, don’t be afraid to ask for some advice or mentoring. Our career development network, Aspire, is also here to help you get the most out of your time at the Co-op.
  3. Be different:
    Whether it’s chatting to the hiring manager before applying for a job or volunteering to get involved in a project, don’t be afraid

Amelia Cargo
Communications Officer
Food Property


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