IWD Illawarra 2019 Profile: Vicky Collins

Vicky Collins works at BlueScope as Coke Plant 1 Operations Manager and participated in the 2019 International Women's Day event at the Port Kembla Visitor Centre. This year's theme was #BalanceforBetter and as a speaker, Vicky took the opportunity to share her career experiences with female high-school students in attendance.

As a working mum, Vicky was raised on the philosophy of personal responsibility and has forged an enviable career by making considered choices, being accountable for those choices and giving others the opportunity to do the same.

"I know that I have a style that is different from others; I make choices that suit me", she says. "To encourage people, it is important to give them the space and the courtesy to do the same, let them choose and don't push for a desired outcome. It's my job to make it work. It's amazing what is possible if we talk about what we actually want".

While conceding that work-life balance is a challenge and one that she doesn't always meet successfully, she has learnt that the only way that she can get it right is to listen carefully for the priorities. This means truly paying attention to others when they seek your attention, whether they be children, your partner, boss or employees.

This need to understand other people's perspectives is what Vicky would most like to pass on to her children but it also influences her relationships. Ask Vicky what tips that she would give to young women who aspire to work in her field and her advice would reap rewards in any aspect of life: "Remember: you are never alone. There is a team of people interested in your success. Lean on them, listen to them and pay it back".

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This profile was adapted from a short article in Belle Property's 'Empower' magazine and we thank Vicky for sharing her story.