Women working with Amazon can chart their career paths to own their development, their work and their future

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Amazon women ensure passion and interests remain in their work

 October 03, 2019

Employees at Amazon have a unique opportunity to build their career path by owning their development, their work and their future. Having ideas and initiative will define the possibilities they explore, the opportunities they take advantage of and the impact they have.

In a special blog and video, Amazon executives Fiona McDonnell; Director, Consumer Retail, and Lauretta Desmedt Rudman; Brand Specialist Team Lead for Amazon Fresh & Prime Now, share their insights on the importance of forging your own work journey.

Getting started in an Amazon career

When looking at potential employers, Fiona says that cultural fit is the first thing she searched for. “Who you work with and how things are done can be as important as what you do in terms of your success.” Experience isn’t necessarily the key factor that sets people apart from their peers: “If you show you have the ability to learn, and the adaptability, then you may not necessarily need the exact experience for certain roles.”

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Fiona McDonnell, Director, Consumer Retail, at Amazon.

Focus on your passions, stand up and be heard

For prospective Amazonians, Lauretta adds that it is important to be proactive when seeking out new opportunities, and it helps to make your progress visible by celebrating your own success.

When starting out in a new role, it’s natural to spend time observing processes to gain an understanding of how the company works. While this is beneficial, over time it’s important to ensure your voice is heard. Don’t be afraid to make suggestions for change, the dua state - this not only shows that you are engaged, but that you can benefit the business.

“For example, Prime Now came from an idea an intern had! So positive change and innovation can come from people at all levels in the business,” says Lauretta.

Fiona and Lauretta say people should expect changes in their role throughout their careers, so be open to it and ensure your passions and interests are known so they remain a part of your job.

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Lauretta Desmedt Rudman, Brand Specialist Team Lead for Amazon Fresh & Prime Now.

Never stop learning throughout your job

Whenever you start a new role, whether it be a promotion, changing of industry or switching companies, there can be a steep learning curve. This may put you outside your comfort zone, but it will also unlock new opportunities in the future. As Fiona explained, “being able to learn and change throughout your career is a vital skill, especially in the tech and innovation industries.”

Talk to people and build your network

"I always say ‘hi’ to people I don’t know in meetings or events outside my teams, so they know I’m approachable and here to help," says Fiona.

Amazon has affinity groups and many events which provide staff with the opportunity to network and socialise. Lauretta explains how, “being part of affinity groups has immediately given me a network”, and she has now been able to gain mentors across the business.

Amazon’s work culture encourages growth

Fiona explains that working culture is vital for Amazon: “As a big company made up of small teams, our working culture helps us to stay nimble and customer-focused without losing the focus on execution. We want to let everyone grow and unlock doors to new opportunities that may not be possible in other companies.”

This is reflected in Amazon’s workspaces, where space and culture are linked to create a flexible environment that promotes learning through real-time collaboration and on-the-job learning. Group pods, flex rooms and communal spaces all play a part in encouraging growth.

Amazon also recognises and celebrates the success of staff. “We celebrate the small wins and say thank you,” says Lauretta. This ethic is consistent across the company globally.

Overall, Fiona feels that flexibility, the appetite to learn and the curiosity to drive your own development are vital aspects of a career with Amazon. “If you’re willing to learn, Amazon will give you the opportunity and you can grow and develop both professionally and personally. It really is your path," she concludes.

Amazon supports and develops talent

Amazon believes that supporting and celebrating development of its diverse workforce is key to the company's success. That’s why the company has won awards such as Women in Tech’s Female Tech Employer of the Year.

Why not search and apply for an important and exciting new role with Amazon today?


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