At thebigword we believe it’s important to support all employees, regardless of gender, race, religion and beliefs. We’re proud of the diversity amongst our employees and take pride in having a large number of senior women in localization.

As part of our ‘women in localization’ series, this month we sat down with Charlotte, our Client Program Director in Linguist Recruitment to discuss her views on equality and what it’s like to be a woman in a senior position within the business.

What is it like to be a female in a senior position?

I am proud that I am in the position I am in. It has taken a lot of hard work, dedication and willpower to get to where I am.

Where did your career start?

Straight after University, I entered the hospitality industry and managed websites, online reservations, weddings and conferences for four hotels in York. After four years in that industry, I joined thebigword. I started in Linguist Recruitment in 2010 as a Recruitment Account Manager, looking after all automotive and life science clients. My role was to ensure the accounts were profitable and that the supply chain was fit for purpose in terms of capacity and rate.

How did you get to the position you are in now?

Determination and proving to my managers that I am capable, hardworking, committed and the right person for the job.

How do you manage work/home life balance?

It can be hard to manage sometimes as I have an hour commute each way, so by the time I’m home my son’s pretty much ready for bed. The new agile way of working in Linguist Recruitment will definitely help me out here, as there will be greater flexibility to work from home. Overall this will result in a better work/home life balance.

The culture of thebigword has changed so much over the years and it is the best it has ever been when it comes to work/life balance. My manager in particular is supportive and flexible which is always a bonus.

Did your career/home life influence each other? For example, did you choose to start a family later to concentrate on your career etc.?

No, my life has just panned out the way it has without having to put anything on hold. I feel like society is a lot more accepting of women building careers, regardless of their personal circumstances, so there should be no need to put anything on hold.

Do you think you add anything to a senior role because of your gender?

I am definitely more empathetic now I am a mother however, that is just me, as I know many females that are not mothers as well as males who have a lot of empathy.

Being female in a more senior position means I am a role model to other females in the business, showing them that they can be successful regardless of gender.

Do you find your role rewarding?

Definitely! I am so passionate about the role that Linguist Recruitment regularly reminds our Recruitment Coordinators that their role is such an integral part of the business. They directly recruit Linguists who have a part in saving lives, supporting the justice system and ensuring overall that language is not a barrier.

Charlotte Gascoyne

Client Program Director – Linguist Recruitment