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things that I myself might not have felt I was
ready for.
I stayed in that offshore job for almost six years,
commuting back and forth to Germany, where I
finished my university degree. After I graduated,
I decided that there was probably more to life
than being a catering assistant and that when
you have a master's degree, you should try
and put it to good use. I applied for a two-year
graduate traineeship at the corporate level
of Equinor (which was then Statoil) and I was
accepted, one of six recent graduates sent to
business and organization development.

take on something new, is that they probably
wouldn't have recommended you if they thought
you would fail. They do it because they think that
you can succeed, and they know they'll be there
for you if the going gets rough.
You should also keep an eye out not just for
mentors but for bosses who will help you make
the most of yourself. One key lesson for me was
to not always focus on the job I was applying
for, but on the leader I wanted to work for. Ask
yourself: who can motivate and inspire you and
get the best out of you? I've always had the
fastest growth and the most learning when I had
an exceptional boss.

MOVING ON
WOMEN OFTEN NEED TO FEEL
THAT THEY CAN DO EVERY
SINGLE ASPECT OF A JOB BEFORE
THEY'RE QUALIFIED FOR IT, AND I
THINK THAT'S A MISTAKE. IF YOU
ALREADY KNOW HOW TO DO THE
WHOLE JOB, HOW ARE YOU GOING
TO GROW?

You also need to know when to leave that
person. I had one boss I loved working for; she
gave me opportunities to lead projects that I
would otherwise not have been picked for. But
one of the best things she did for me was to tell
me when it was time to leave her and take on a
new job.

SAYING YES
After that training and a few years of working
in various departments, I was offered a role in
IT, which I accepted even though I didn't have a
technical degree. I didn't stay in IT for long - I
went to HR after a few years - but in retrospect,
accepting that job was a career-defining moment
for me. While the job was really tough, it made
me realize that if people believe in you, and if
you believe in yourself, you can do things that on
paper you are not qualified for.
That opportunity happened because I had a
mentor who promoted me, and because I said
yes to the challenge. Don't be afraid to say yes to
challenges. Women often need to feel that they
can do every single aspect of a job before they're
qualified for it, and I think that's a mistake. If you
already know how to do the whole job, how are
you going to grow?
Another reason you should feel confident, if it's
a situation where a sponsor nominated you to

ONE KEY LESSON FOR ME WAS
TO NOT ALWAYS FOCUS ON THE
JOB I WAS APPLYING FOR, BUT ON
THE LEADER I WANTED TO WORK
FOR. ASK YOURSELF: WHO CAN
MOTIVATE AND INSPIRE YOU AND
GET THE BEST OUT OF YOU?

She suggested that I should move to a position
that I didn't really want. I had just had my second
child, I was very happy in the role I was in, and I
had a comfortable relationship with her. When
she first approached me, I said, "No, I'm not
going to do it." A week went by, and she came
to me again and she said, "Are you absolutely
sure?" And I said, "Yes, please don't bother me
with this again."
Another week went by and I was called into
her office once more, this time with the head
of the department who had the new position. I
got really mad because she had promised she
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