Azul was on our Returners Programme, read her story here
‘Talk to as many people as you can’
I used to work in the energy industry for EDF doing project and contract management for new nuclear power plant projects. I took a career break in 2015 for 2 years to live in the US with my family. Just before joining Sky I completed my MBA. This career break was an enriching experience as it allowed me time and space to think about what I wanted to do next in my career.
As part of the career break, I attended a number of conferences and events which were helpful at giving me visibility of what opportunities were available and insight as to where my chosen industries were heading. I also relied on informal networks to prepare for events and interviews, and to get honest opinions from people on their roles and their company’s culture and their industry’s culture.
My team were very welcoming from day 1. After only a few months at Sky, I saw my portfolio of projects increasing and I love the variety that my role brings. I get to understand the work that the different directorates of Sky do as part of our business engagement work. It’s a great way to understand how Sky works to deliver on its strategy and vision. This business is a tech-savvy organisation and being in Technology is a really special place. We are at the forefront of implementing new technologies for the business to ensure it remains competitive and cutting-edge. I am now working on very interesting pieces of work spanning many areas of Sky and leveraging technology in the workplace, so it is an exciting place to be.
The programme was a great way to connect with other women in a similar situation and to share the experience together. This network was hugely supportive and we all felt it was a key part of the experience. Also, Sky as a company puts a lot of emphasis on work-life balance. The organisation is very open to discuss flexible and remote working. In addition, our Osterley campus is so well appointed (with a gym, Amazon Lockers, a Little Waitrose, a range of restaurants, a mailroom and concierge service, in addition to a hair salon and a cinema) that it makes combining work and life really simple.
I’d recommend taking some time to introspect and find out what kind of industry and role you need at this stage in your career. Talk to as many people as you can and see which companies advertise roles that match up to your list of requirements. Also, be honest with yourself as to what support you will need to achieve the work-life balance that you require.