Women in Go-Ahead Ireland

3 months ago Fri 16th Apr 2021

Go-Ahead Ireland is committed to working to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where women can flourish and reach their full potential. We are proud that 40% of our senior leadership team and 38% of the management team are women.

For International Women’s Day 2021 this year, we have been highlighting the importance of the females on our workforce and the value they bring to our team and our culture.

For this article, we spoke to colleagues Trisha Gore and Adriana Constantin to hear more about how they started with Go-Ahead Ireland, what their typical day looks like, and how they have progressed their careers with us.

Trisha Gore is an Operations Controller in Ballymount

 

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Hi Trisha! What is your current role in Go-Ahead Ireland?

My current role is Operations Controller, and I’m based in Ballymount.

Have you had other roles in Go-Ahead Ireland?

I had previously worked as Training and Operations Administrator and Claims Administrator before becoming an Operations Controller. I love that in my time in GAI I’ve had the opportunity to expand on my skills and progress my career, and the company has supported me every step of the way.How did you find the promotion process in GAI?

I had plenty of support from managers. Unfortunately, my interviews are not the best. I find it hard to sell myself. Fortunately, the manager for the controllers recognised my potential and gave me the opportunity to do a practical interview, which I passed.

What do you like about working for Go-Ahead Ireland?

I love the banter, the drive and the passion. I enjoy coming into work, no two days are the same and there is always something happening.

What advice would you give other women looking to grow their careers in Go-Ahead Ireland?

If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. Don’t think that something is typically “a man’s position” and not for you. Go for it!

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day was “choose to challenge”: how are you going to challenge yourself this year?

At the moment, I am in full time employment, home schooling and have a house to run. If at the end of this year I still have a full head of hair that’s a big success.

 

Adriana Constantin is an Assistant Operations Manager in Ballymount.

 

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Hi Adriana! What is your current role in Go-Ahead Ireland?

My current role in Go Ahead Ireland is working as an Assistant Operation Manager in Ballymount.

Have you had other roles in Go-Ahead Ireland?

In July 2018 I started as a Bus Driver. Shortly after, in November 2018, I applied for the role of Supervisor, and this was just the steppingstone in furthering my career. At the beginning of 2020 I successfully applied for a position as a Forward Allocator and this brought me even closer to my initial goal of becoming a Manager within the Company, which I am glad to say it happened at the end of April 2020 when I was promoted to Assistant Operations Manager.

What do you like about working for Go-Ahead Ireland?

The thing that I like about Go Ahead is that it has a great work culture. I also like that I have a great degree of control and freedom within my job, that my Operation Manager trusts me to produce high-quality work and results. I work hard to maintain that level of trust, which keeps me engaged and exited. I love the challenge that I face every day by keeping a fluid operation, a total coverage and zero loss of mileage.

What advice would you give other women looking to grow their careers in Go-Ahead Ireland?

I do not know if this can be counted as an advice, but I will only say this: Keep your work standards high and your dignity even higher.

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day was “choose to challenge”: how are you going to challenge yourself this year?

At all given times I face challenges because such are my duties. And in terms of not challenging but improving myself and the way of life, I started thinking of beginning to perform Yoga and increase my level of exercising to be more ‘challenging’.