Have you ever asked a leader, “Any advice for someone who aspires to be in your position?” Chances are, you’ve probably gotten different replies each time—which just goes to show, there’s no one way to the top! Illustrating this point beautifully is this month’s Alorican in Action, VP of Client Solutions, Beverley Bridges.
Read Beverley’s Q&A below to explore her unique 13-year career at Alorica (and counting), and advice for succeeding on your own path.
Q: Did you have a plan to reach an executive-level position?
A: I’d like to say that I strategically orchestrated my career every step of the way, but that would be a lie. Being successful has meant always doing my best, recognizing that I am responsible for the choices that I make, and treating people how I want them to treat me. I believe that diversity is what makes us great, so I like to bring my perspective to situations and encourage others to do so as well.
Q: Did you ever work with a mentor, and did that process help you?
A: I have a lot of mentors—and most of them don’t even know I see them that way! My philosophy is that the life you live speaks louder than the words you say. Mentors have been both colleagues and people I know outside of work—almost everyone has taught me something.
Q: What advice would you give about climbing the career ladder?
A: Know your value. If you don’t know it, nobody else will. Also, lift others as you climb and don’t give up or give in if your career track isn’t going as you imagined—resiliency is a great skill to master. Lastly, don’t burn bridges. You never know when you might want to lean on an old colleague for advice or a fresh point of view.
Q: What is your advice on how to make meaningful connections?
A: My grandmother and mother always said, “get in where you fit in.” Through my regular one-on-one meetings with each of my clients, I try to find commonalities; it doesn’t have to be about work, but perhaps family, hobbies, upcoming events or whatever is important to each of us. Connecting with people is how you build trust and respect.
Q: What excites you most about what you do?
A: Taking on new challenges. The hurdles are exciting, and once you get to the other side of it, you can say, “this is what we did.” What also brings me joy is keeping people motivated. I think it’s very important as women that we know who has our back and is invested in seeing us grow and move upward. Surround yourself with people who share your goals and objectives, and are willing to have courageous conversations with you when you get off track. You may not always like what they have to say, but as women, authentic relationships are critical.