In celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) this week, we would like to share the inspirational stories of our female employees.
Interview with Shobana Bala (Senior Underwriter)
- Who inspired you to take up your career and why?
My grandfather was a solicitor and my great uncle was a Supreme Court judge in Sri Lanka and whilst I am incredibly proud of them both, growing up I felt that there was no female representation in our family circle for a career in the law. This gave me the impetus to complete my legal education encouraged by my mother who would have liked a career in the law but was never given the same opportunities or choices that I have been fortunate to have enjoyed.
- When and how did you decide on your current career? Were there any other options that you considered before your current position?
Title indemnities insurance provided another opportunity to adapt my legal background to a career in underwriting five years ago.
- What advice would you give to someone just starting off on their career path to conveyancing?
Success is not achieved overnight – don’t be afraid to ask questions or help, be proactive and most of all, be patient. Take time to learn the skills that will shape you into a great professional.
- Who inspires you most days and why?
My two daughters. On a daily basis, they encourage me to be a better version of myself. Their support and encouragement is invaluable. In return, I want them to know that balancing a career and homelife is achievable and that nothing should prevent them from making choices in life and they can grow up and accomplish their dreams regardless of gender.
- This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #EachForEqual, collectively, how can we fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements?
How do we fight unconscious bias in the insurance industry? Support your female network and revel in their achievements. Together we can make this change and pave the way for future generations. On our own we have power but collectively we can make a real impact and create a gender equal world.