Karen Orr | 8 March 2017
In celebration of International Women's Day, we interviewed a number of successful women at QA. We caught up with Karen Orr, QA's Director of People and Engagement to find out more about her, her career journey and achievements.
"I had an interesting female boss many years ago, whose values I didn’t like very much, but who had great passion, focus and determination: she somehow ignited my career focus and provided me with opportunities to progress quite quickly. More recently (almost 15 years ago!), I returned from my second period of maternity leave only to be made redundant. I subsequently took on a new role which whilst interesting didn’t fill me with excitement. A year later however, everything changed when we found ourselves in receivership and were bought out by a joint VC. I seized the opportunity to stay with a significantly smaller business but one where I felt I could make a difference."
"HR is traditionally a female dominated function, until you get to senior levels, and I have never felt my gender has hindered me. I have on occasion reflected on how I interact with my male colleagues and lamented at the lack of constructive feedback –and wonder how much this has impacted my ability to develop the skills to more effectively communicate with some. "
"Don’t wait for opportunities to come your way – proactively seek them out and challenge others to give you a chance to rise to the occasion. "
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