Inspired by… Tara Ness

Tara Ness, Customer Experience Consultant

1. Tell us what this quote means to you and how it inspires you on a daily basis.
I have to admit, I don’t collect any inspirational quotes to keep me motivated and focused, and perhaps I should! But there is one quote that I have found relevant my entire life. Everything happens for a reason, I truly believe this. When life throws all different things as you, it’s important to believe there is a reason behind it. When I look back on the significant relationships in my life and career opportunities I have had, they were all a result of little decisions I made. I had no idea those decisions would take me to where I am now. When I have had challenging experiences, I look back now and try to learn as I believe there was a reason why I had to face it.

2. Miss Collective is all about helping women Level Up. Who's helped you Level Up in your career?
I have been fortunate enough to have many mentors in my career. Being able to work directly with the Founder of the business and incredible managers along the way has tremendously benefited me. As I have spent 10 years in research, it’s in my nature to seek advice and feedback when facing big decisions. I have been lucky to have mentors along the way which has offered me so much time and advice, both professionally and personally. Now with some experience under my belt, I enjoy mentoring those starting out in their career as I have had first hand experience in seeing how valuable this is.

3. You were part of the team at Forethought for quite some time now, and managed to take some time off and have a baby amongst all your success! How do you manage the balance between work, life and play?
It definitely is tricky and something I am still working through. Everyone always talks about balance and getting your priorities right. I think the challenge is feeling as though you want to get everything perfect – being a mum, growing your career, being a good partner, looking after yourself etc. I really believe that as working mums we sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves to do everything. I have learnt that balance is possible as long as you are clear on what is important to you and have an employer and family that understand that. Having a flexible working arrangement and a partner that supports you to be a working mum is critical. Transitioning back slowly from maternity leave really helped me.

4. If you could offer one piece of advice to your younger self starting out, what would it be?
Hard work pays off, keep pushing yourself and don’t give up. When things seem tough, keep your head up high and take a deep breath. Everything happens for a reason.