Lead 5050: Isabella Twaite

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 Isabella Twaite, the Student Experience Facilitator Lead at our central London school, why she chose to put herself forward for the programme.

What made you want to join Lead 5050?

I would like to become a member of Lead5050 because, as a young woman at the start of her professional career, having support and guidance through a network of likeminded women within British Study Centres and the wider international study education industry would prove invaluable.

What’s the most exciting BSC project you’ve worked on so far?

Recently, we have gone through a lot of exciting changes at BSC, particularly involving Schoolworks. It has been an exciting challenge to be trained on a new system and develop new ways of working supported by Schoolworks’ functions. Additionally, I have found that Schoolworks training allowed me to see how other areas of BSC work and how all aspects of the business are interlinked.

What do you most enjoy about working at BSC?

What I most enjoy about working for BSC is the community feel. Everyone in team BSC supports one another every day, which is something, personally I am extremely grateful for. As a company and team, we strive to ensure that everyone feels valued. There is a culture where employees’ opinions are valued; suggestions for improvements and constructive criticism are welcomed.

What’s been your biggest career success so far?

I am proud of my career journey so far. I joined the company as a temporary maternity cover as a Student Services Officer on 1st February 2018 and a couple of months ago I was successful in my application for the role of Lead Student Experience Facilitator in London.

With the advice and support of my colleagues, I have been able to learn valuable skills and knowledge allowing me to grow within this company in a relatively short amount of time. I am excited for what the future holds.

What drives you in your career?

I hope to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives. I have always been someone who thrives off of people. Supporting others, learning from or just generally communicating with people. That is one of the great joys of my role, I am able to interact with students in varying ways, and help them grow, develop and enjoy themselves. As our company vision says- we are able to help provide our customers with stepping stones for their futures.

Is there a particular woman in business that inspires you? 

I am blessed to come from a family of inspirational women, whether that be my mother, sister or great aunt. I have always been encouraged to be a strong, independent woman, and for that, I am extremely grateful. Professional glass ceilings exist to be broken as proven by my great aunt. She was one of the first female chief (FOREX) foreign exchange dealers in an industry that remains male-dominated. I see that as inspirational.

What innovations do you see in the future for BSC?

If I could look to the future, I would love to see BSC being as environmentally friendly as possible in all aspects. I am sure we are all very aware of the climate crisis we are experiencing and at University this is a subject I studied with enthusiasm. I believe everyone should be conscious of their actions, the impacts they are having on the environment and try to mitigate the negative impacts. This includes us as a company.

If you had one wish for the future, what would it be?

I hope for a day where everyone is valued equally regardless of gender, ethnicity, and any other differences we have. Diversity is a wonderful thing. Lead 5050 is an example of an organisation taking positive action to reduce a specific inequality by working to promote and mentor women in the international education industry. It has been proven that companies with increased women leadership tend to become more creative and socially responsible, as well as enjoying continuing growth in their size and success.

Do you want to learn more about gender equality in International Education? Find out more with Lead 5050.