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Sharon Tuersley

We asked women at Warwick to submit an image of themselves for inclusion in the Warwick Women's Montage and a short description of the challenges they've faced/continue to face and how they're dealing with them.

See Sharon's submission below:

"My biggest challenge, and it's not one I've always had, is probably me and my perception of what I can do. I know when I was younger I very rarely felt a lack of confidence, I felt I was capable of pretty much anything that came my way. The confidence of youth? Possibly. The things my younger self was doing had less impact? Probably. That everything seemed simpler and more attainable? Most certainly. But whatever it was something changed and as I took on different roles I became less confident in my abilities, questioning each action and decision, double checking everything just to make sure it was right and that's when I realised I was my own worst critic and very often the only challenge I had was actually myself!

Some of the ways I have overcome this is by working with a mentor and coach to recognise the skills and experience I do have. Usually the things you like to do and give you a real buzz and energy are the ones you're good at - it doesn't mean you can't do other things but recognising the ones you do well is a real confidence booster - it's worked for me.

Another thing I do is try not to think about the whole scale of the role, task, project or whatever is in front of me, break it down into manageable chunks which I know I can achieve one step at a time.

Finally, I look back at the things that have gone well and the things that haven't. What can I learn from each of them and how would I do it differently next time... there will always be a next time....

My challenge is still there, probably always will be, but I do have a way of dealing with it."

Read more personal stories on the Warwick Women's Montage page.

You may also be interested in:

ED&I Newsletter

Charters - including Athena Swan (gender equality Charter)

Gender Initiatives

Data and Reports - including Gender Pay Gap Report


Taskforces and SIC - including Gender Task Force

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