Monday, 9 April 2018

Finding my inner Rachel Zane...

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 The other day I was offered something pretty special to me, and that's my first sponsored post in collaboration with Panasonic, in particular the Panasonic 4KTV. This landed in my inbox as I was daydreaming about what sort of posts I wanted to write now that I was back blogging, I don't want this to become a "Single Mum" blog and I've always asked myself how I can incorporate my career into my blog, so this was really perfect timing and thank you so much for Panasonic for inspiring and sponsoring this post.

Have you ever watched a TV Programme and it's completely changed your attitude, either towards yourself or even another person? I'll admit that the main reason I started to watch the hit US show "Suits" was because of Meghan Markle playing Rachel Zane, but after the first episode I was absolutely hooked. I've binged watch Suits over the last month or so, and I have to say I've noticed myself changing as a result. The female leads within the show are so strong and sure of themselves and it's by far the thing that has kept me interested.

I too work in a male dominated environment, a car dealership, I'm the only Marketing Executive and I mainly work alongside a team of men. So there are a lot of similarities between my real life struggles, to be taken seriously, to be heard and to allowed to be ambitious - and the show. Seeing Rachel boss her way into Law School and achieve her dream of becoming a Lawyer spurred me on to start my degree level qualification in Marketing. It's going to be tough and mean some long nights of studying but I deserve that qualification and I know I'm worthy of it.

Watching Donna dominate the male leads and in turn the Name Partners of a major Law Firm has made me a little bit more sassy myself! I find that I've been standing up for myself a lot more recently, I know that my voice is worthy of being heard and no matter what my gender or my title, I'm employed because I'm good at my job and my contributions are valuable. I landed myself an extra day at work now that Sophie is that bit older and I fought to be given an extra line of responsibility to which I was told yes!

This post may look like I'm portraying my company really badly, but one of the biggest things I've noticed is the parallel between Harvey and my own Manager. He gives Donna free reign to do what she does best, he trusts her and her opinion hugely and you can tell that she is valuable beyond measure. My boss makes me feel like that, and I can't tell you how grateful I am for it. I'm a young woman in a male environment, the only relevant qualifications I have are ones that I've gained since being there and he took me back after I left years ago. I'm not naming him, but I owe a lot to him, as Donna does to Harvey.

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