Ernst & Young Tax Partner, Antoinette Elias – one of the two first female tax partners at EY – believes the new policies encouraging women’s employment by the Business Council of Australia would have made a difference to gender imbalance in her industry.
She says her own career progression was helped by other “well-wishes” and serendipitous moments at crucial times rather than a HR process. Yet not all women benefit from such supportive colleagues.
One of BCA’s recommendations is to fast track women’s careers in their pre-child rearing years so that they are at a more senior level when they take maternity leave. Research shows that women in more senior roles and more likely to come back to work.
It also suggests identifying talented women at an early stage and coaching them to overcome any tendencies to undersell themselves.
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