On International Women’s Day Hoshizaki celebrates the pivotal role women continue to play in the business success by speaking to three of the unsung heroes about their journey in the industry, and the tips and insights they have for women who may be looking to follow a similar career.
Maja Grevsen has worked as a Technical Advisor in Hoshizaki’s Denmark office for three years, she is clearly enjoying her role: “I like that every day is different, as there are always a lot of new things to learn. It is really rewarding to provide the engineers with the knowledge and advice they need.” Maja also passionately believes that more women should take up technical and engineering roles, enthusing that in her opinion: “I think that women have the ability to see things in a different light. We found a way In the Danish office to complement each other’s weaknesses so that together we are a really strong team.” And her advice to any women considering taking up a similar career is: “Do it! Every challenge is an opportunity to success. I have zero regrets and just love my work.”
Barbara Tybus also works at the Danish office as a Production Operator, and as she explains: “I like my role, because it perfectly suits my skills and character, it requires meticulousness, accuracy and thought and I really enjoy working with other people and gaining new experiences.” Whilst Barbara feels that women can face a challenge balancing their family and professional lives she firmly believes: “…that women can do more than they can imagine. We bring creativity, accuracy, diligence, teamwork, enthusiasm and empathy in to our professional lives – and these are just some of the advantages to organisations.”
In the UK, Leah Redhead is just six months into her role as an Amada press operator and as Leah explains: “Each day is different and fast paced which I enjoy. There’s no bias and there is a lot of support.” In answer to the question, what is the biggest challenge facing women today in the workplace? Leah replied: “Probably lack of confidence in ourselves as I think we worry about what others are thinking of us” and she would certainly recommend that other women join her in a metal fabrication role: “Go for it, apply and be confident. There are plenty of women who work here and everyone is very helpful. You will thoroughly enjoy it. Since being employed by Hoshizaki I have been welcomed into a big family.”