Welcome to our pod! BoWTalks is a podcast run by Banking on Women, a student society at the University of Melbourne. Through candid conversations, we’ll bring together students and industry professionals to address the experiences and challenges faced by women in business. From rejection to resumés, we’ll cover the topics that matter most to our members, with the aim of helping women to navigate the (often complex) industries within the business world!
It’s the word that strikes fear into the hearts of uni students and graduates everywhere- networking. Even the most seasoned conversationalist can be a little intimidated by the prospect of discussing their career aspirations with a complete stranger!
Luckily, in this week’s podcast episode we welcomed back BoW alumna Julia Woolrich to take us through the dos and don’ts of a successful networking session. Having started her career as a Project Delivery and Planning Graduate at NAB, Julia reflects on her university experience and explains why her most invaluable network is the one that she built with her peers. She also touches on why COVID-19 isn’t all bad for networking, creative ways to lay common ground, and the networking faux pas to be aware of (hint- angling for a job from the beginning may not always be the way to build enduring professional relationships!).
Julia also takes us through the importance of mentorship, and how networking can help connect you with role models and advocates. Finally, we discuss some ways to maintain your network so that you don’t become *that* person who only makes contact when they need something. We learnt a lot from Julia’s advice, and we know you will too!
Passion Projects with Tayla Collier
If you’re on social media, chances are your feed is inundated with side hustles right now. Whether it be crocheted tote bags, homemade masks, baked goods or online yoga classes, so many of us are finding creative ways to use our spare time and make some extra cash while we’re at it.
In this episode, we are so excited to welcome back BoW alumna Tayla Collier to chat about her experience developing a passion project! Tayla decided to start her business, Tayla Rose Cakes, during lockdown after realising that there was an opportunity to monetise her passion for baking. In her chat with Julia and Mia, she discusses the importance of differentiating between a hobby and a viable business, how she handled the financial aspect of her side hustle as a fresh graduate, and what kind of thorough research went into the establishment of Tayla Rose Cakes. Tayla also chats about not being held back by a fear of failure and gives her top tips for anyone wanting to start a small business.
You can find Tayla at @taylarose.cakes on Instagram, or Tayla Rose Cakes on Facebook. We hope you enjoy listening to this bite-sized interview as much as we enjoyed recording it!
It's the Imposter Syndrome for Me
Self-doubt can so often be the bane of our existence. Arising from negative criticism and high expectations, feelings of uncertainty and the fear of letting others down sometimes leaves us numb and unable to lead our happiest and most productive life. In this episode of BoWTalks, two of our People and Culture Officer Molly and Annie expose negative feedback and imposter syndrome for what they truly are - obstacles that can be conquered!
From breaking down the psychology behind criticism and negative information, to shedding light on imposter syndrome and how to manage the little devil on our shoulders, Molly and Annie present some tips and tricks to help us nurture our self-confidence. It is through being aware of our feelings and knowing how to manage them that we become sure of ourselves and turn any kind of feedback or self-doubt into constructive fuel that only propels us forward. As always, if you have any questions about this episode, or if you have an idea for a new episode, feel free to submit them here:
The Importance of Financial Literacy with vida
If you’re listening to this podcast, chances are that you are under 25. You might be surprised to find out that women under 25 years of age are the least financially literate in Australia, according to the 2018 HILDA survey. We get it – money talk isn’t exactly…fun. But that doesn’t diminish its importance, especially given the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women.
In today’s episode we hear from the two co-founders of vida, an emerging social enterprise dedicated to tackling the gender wealth gap at its infancy. After watching their Dads control their household finances and friends struggle with handling their money woes, Angela and Caitlin formed vida to kickstart their own financial independence and share their knowledge and skills with other young women.
They share why it is crucial for young women to get on top of their finances from a young age, along with some of the most important personal finance concepts we should know. They also shed some light on the lessons they’ve learned as part of their journey into the social enterprise world, along with some tips to start your own venture in these crazy times!
Thanks again to Angela and Caitlin, check out vida’s socials!
A Day in the Life: Financial Products Analytics and Sales at Bloomberg
Happy Tuesday everyone! Today's podcast episode is for everyone who is wants to broaden their horizons when it comes to careers in the finance industry. If you're looking for something a little different, at a multinational company that allows you to move between departments (and countries!) this one might be of interest to you.
In this week's episode, our secretary Lucy and People and Culture Officer Annie have a virtual sit-down with Cathy Burbridge. Cathy began her career at Bloomberg in Financial Products Analytics and Sales after participating in the Bloomberg Academy student program. In this chat, we cover everything from how overseas study can help foster independence and confidence, the diverse products and services offered by Bloomberg (and the diverse range of jobs offered as a result), what Cathy's typical day entails and what three pieces of advice she would offer to university students. Cathy's top tip about avoiding "what if" moments is some of the best advice we've heard on the pod so far, and we can't wait to share it with you.
As always, if you have any questions about this episode, or if you have an idea for a new episode, feel free to submit them here:
Making the Jump from Uni to Work
Welcome back to another episode of BoWTalks! For those of you who are nearing the end of your degree and feeling a bit nervous about that uni-to-work transition, this one’s for you!
In this episode, our VP Kate and People and Culture Director Brigette sit down with Emma Kininmonth, an Associate at Strategy&. Reflecting on her experience at The University of Melbourne, Emma takes us through how she made the most of her time at university, and the advice that she would give to students moving into the workplace. We also discuss what attracted Emma to a career in consulting, her favourite part about working for Strategy&, and why there is no ‘typical day’ in strategy consulting.
As always if you have any questions about this episode, or if you have an idea for a new episode, feel free to submit them here: