Stephanie Thomas, Compliance Tool & Reporting Manager, Imtech Inviron
‘I was inspired by one of my colleagues, I wanted to be like her and I did it! I think it was this determination that opened the door to my current role’
How have you got to where you are today?
I started as a Junior Administrator, working half-days, pretty much straight from school. I was then offered a full-time role as Administrator.
Following my maternity leave I worked three days a week, whilst my daughter was at nursery. Going back to full-time a couple of years later as a Secretary, supporting various functions including procurement and commercial.
My next promotion was to Personal Assistant, a role I’d been striving towards since I’d been inspired by a colleague who was a PA and thought ‘I want to do that!’.
In 2018 I was offered the opportunity to change my role completely and to take on a new and exciting challenge as Compliance Tool and Reporting Manager. I’ve been in this role a short time now and I’m thoroughly enjoying the challenge.
What training have you had to support your career?
I completed an ILM Level 2 in Leadership and Team Skills, this enables me to manage people and deal with any issues in an appropriate and professional manner.
What skills do you think you need to be successful?
You need to be motivated, always listen and be honest. Take on board what people say to you. Praise and criticism can be very powerful and really help you to learn.
Why do you enjoy working at Imtech?
The people – great people make the business. Having good relationships with colleagues plays a massive part in enjoying your time at work.
What advice would you give to someone starting out on their career?
Work hard, don’t be afraid to ask questions and always be willing to learn or give something a go.