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IT & Innovation#IWD2018 #EurostaffersReveal: How we #PressForProgress - Laurie Larock

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"INTERNATIONAL Women's Day is a day of recognition and celebration of women globally". Eurostaff celebrate the women working in the business who are pushing boundaries across the fields of technology, science, design and innovation all over with the globe with our specialists of whom are helping to place professionals into suitable roles and careers. 

It’s an inclusive day where everyone, whether male or female is involved and collectively we work together to make a difference. The day marks full time mums, those juggling both work and being a mother, women pushing the boundaries to decrease the pay gap and have equality between sexes in job roles where there is still a considerable difference.

Keep an eye out over the next week for our series of 'EurostaffersReveal: How They #PressForProgress' articles, highlighting the achievements and success of these powerful women making a positive impact daily!

Our Contracts & Compliance Administrator Laurie Larock tells us all about how she landed her career and her thoughts of powerful and inispiring female role models. 

Tell us about your career journey, where did it begin and how have you ended up in your role at Eurostaff? What does your role now involve day to day?

The defining (but random) moment of my career was when I finished my degree in Belgium, I spent a year in Australia to improve my level in English. When I came back, and although I have a degree in graphic design, I was in a situation where I needed a job, any job, so I started working as a Data Entry Clerk.

A year later I moved to London, I quickly got a job as an Office Assistant for a recruitment company, then became Office Manager/PA for the same company. After a couple of years, an ex-colleague of mine who was an internal recruiter for Eurostaff contacted me, their compliance team needed a French speaker, and voilà! I’m now the Contracts & Compliance Administrator for the London and future Paris offices, which is exciting!

Can you tell me about a female role model who has inspired you over your career?

Simone Veil is the most inspiring female I can think of. She went through such horrific things in her young life (she was sent to Auschwitz at 16, where her parents and brother got killed). Back to normal life, she studied law and politics, became a lawyer and eventually one of the most influential politician's France and Europe ever knew. Her impact on the life of women in France and the rest of the world is still so relevant today as she fought for equality and women’s rights her whole career, and her legacy will live on forever. I can not think of anyone stronger or wiser than her, and yet she was so humble. She sadly passed away last year, at 89.

International Women’s Day was first marked in 1911 – over 100 years ago. Why do you think the day is still relevant and so important?

Because there is still a long way to go when it comes to women’s rights, and so much has been achieved in the past 100 years, let’s just not settle for “ok”.

This year the focus is on ‘How will you Press for Progress’ – how will you and your work team?

We’ve been implementing so many positive changes in the way we work and communicate with the sales team, I think this year will be incredibly successful for everyone involved.

Any tips for those just leaving university looking to work in tech for their future career?

Be flexible but don’t let yourself be intimidated and exploited just because you’re just starting your career, everyone deserves an interesting, reasonably paid job, even graduates!

If you want to work for us, get in touch today: - we look forward to receiving your CV and chatting more. 

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