International Women's Day - Interview with Victoria Hew, Walkers Asia

Frazer Jones is proud to be supporting International Women's Day 2017. We have interviewed a series of our female clients asking them how they have been bold for change #BeBoldForChange

Frazer Jones interviewed Victoria Hews, HR Director at Walkers

Victoria Hew

Who inspires you and why?
I was raised by 3 very strong independent women in my family: my mother and my two older sisters. They created the person I am today. My mother was head of the household of 7 children plus my father. She was the disciplinarian, the giver of love, resolver of problems and was extremely protective of her family. She worked full time but still managed to be there when she was needed. My two sisters, one 12 years older and the other 6 years older, both successful and independent. All three are strong willed and 'get on with it' type of women who taught me the same principles through their daily lives. They are not famous nor had careers that one would consider strong leadership roles but they managed to have successful careers and raise a family during a time when it was very difficult for women to achieve both. Although no longer in the working world, their principals guide me today, and when I feel insecure about a decision they are the ones who provide the support and constructive opinion.

What would your advice be to women who are trying to achieve their career ambitions?
In today's world women have opportunities to climb the career ladder, since the glass ceiling keeps moving up a rung, but that said it is not easy and we will never be at the same level as men. That is fine with me, I never compare myself with men in the work place, and it was never an issue with me. My advice would be; set your target and achieve it by going your own route. Take every experience, good and bad and use it to your advantage. Never take things personally, it's not about you, it's about the job. Achieve that work life balance, its ok to take time for you, and accept all criticism as constructive even if it isn't. Last but not least, try to leave work at work and home at home, never let one or the other cross or take over.

How do you achieve work life balance?
Not sure I have this under control but, after 30+ years I do know what does not achieve work life balance. There are 3 simple things that women rarely find time to do and if they did, it would be a giant step toward work life balance: ensure you take the time for a 'lunch' break during the working day, find time to exercise and 'book in' for you/friend time. Have a life outside of work and avoid shop talk when you are on your personal time.