BSC is providing an opportunity for colleagues from across our business to be part of Lead5050, a leading organisation empowering women in education.
We’re speaking to members of the BSC team about why joining Lead 5050 is so important to them. Today we asked Julia Radlinger, our Young Learners Academic Operations Manager, why joining the organisation was important to her.
What made you want to join Lead 5050?
In my professional as well as in my personal life I have always put great focus on development. Having been a teacher for multiple years before I joined Juniors (now Young Learners) Head Office, I know how easy it can be to get stuck in one’s ways and keep doing what has proved to be successful and therefore not evolve.
As part of my routine, I set myself short- and long-term goals (personal and professional) that I would like to achieve within a certain time span. Having gone through the LEAD5050 website and their CPD page, in particular, I came across some very interesting circles and webinars that would help me work towards these goals and continuously develop my managerial skills, as well as work on negative patterns and problems that
have come up.
What’s the most exciting project you’ve worked on at BSC?
There are many great projects I have worked on while working with BSC, which makes it very difficult to pick the most exciting one. Currently, I am working on a new Young Learners programme for Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs and I am thoroughly enjoying it because it ties a knot between my background as EFL teacher and my new position as Academic Operations Manager. I get the chance to explore new things and make a change to our summer programmes while still using my knowledge of teaching methodology and didactics. I’m very lucky!
What do you most enjoy about working at BSC?
I love working in an international environment. Every day I get to meet new people who come from all over the world. Not only the students are international, but also our team. I find that this makes our workplace multi-faceted, interesting, and very inspirational, also mainly because of the various incredible background stories of each of our students and team members.
What drives you in your career?
I thrive when I have the opportunity to work on something that will have a positive impact on other people’s lives. Preparing for our Young Learner summer courses is incredibly rewarding in that sense. Being able to see how much fun the kids have when they come to us, how they make friends for life and learn important skills in and outside the classroom is great. Also knowing that I am able to help our hard-working summer teams to make sure they can make the most of their summer and get the support that they need.
Is there a particular woman in business that inspires you?
I take my inspiration from the women I meet and work with every day. These are women in my personal environment like friends and family, but also women I have met working for BSC over the years. Learning about their personal stories, the hardships they had to overcome and how they, therefore, have evolved into stronger people, while staying kind, open-hearted and goal-oriented is what I find most inspiring.
If you had one wish for the future, what would it be?
I have many wishes for the future and work hard to make them come true. If I had to pick the biggest one, I would say that I would like to live in a world where women have more confidence and trust in their own talents, skills and abilities.
This is something that is very important to me, as it is a challenge I have to overcome every day and I see many other women struggle with it as well. Too often, I have seen my female family members, friends, and colleagues not take action, not make a risky decision, or not go for the big career opportunity because they did not believe in themselves or even because others told them that they would fail.