Sound Career Advice From 5 of Australia’s Most Influential Women

Lauren Powell

Whether you’re aiming for C-suite status in the near future, or maybe you're a recent university graduate looking for direction, career advice from successful people is always invaluable. Be inspired in your career, and your life, with these five insightful tips from some of Australia's most successful women in business. Leveraging opportunities, curiosity and determination are just a few of the common denominators—actions we can all implement into our own working lives. It's time to hustle!

Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia

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Our former and first female Prime Minister expressed the importance of resilience to her labour colleagues in an address for us all to take on board. “Don't lack the guts, don't lack the fortitude, don't lack the resilience to go out there.” As reported by Women’s Agenda.

Lisa Wilkinson, Journalist and Television Presenter

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Wilkinson’s remarkable combination of intellect, wit and humour is envious. The renowned journalist and television presenter shared her career advice with Think Education and we were all ears.

“Find a job you love and you never work another day in your life,” says Wilkinson. “Life has so many opportunities so don’t limit yourself because sometimes you’ll amaze yourself. Keep learning, stay curious, keep growing and keep making connections.”

Gail Kelly, Former CEO, Westpac

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The former CEO of Westpac armed with one exceptional CV puts success down to simply backing yourself and seizing every opportunity that arises. “My advice for young women and their careers is back yourself. There are people out there who want to support you. Ask for the opportunities. Dig deep when those opportunities come your way and have a go,” Kelly told Business Insider Australia. “Use all those talents you have of listening and taking feedback on board and growing every single day.”

Ita Buttrose, Australian Journalist, Businesswoman, Television Personality and Author.

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From being appointed women’s editor at The Daily Telegraph in 1965 at the tender age of 23, and going on to become the founding editor of Cleo magazine in 1971, Buttrose was awarded Australian of the Year in 2013. As told to Women’s Agenda, Buttrose advises to stay curious in your career. “Never lose your curiosity; be well informed—start the day listening, watching or reading the news; always do your research before an interview and never accept second best from yourself.”

Janine Allis, Founder, Boost Juice

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Entrepreneur and self-made international businesswoman, Janine Allis, shared some career advice with Women’s Agenda that everyone can adopt. “Work hard, take accountability for everything you do and surround yourself with great people.” While sharing with Smart Company her belief in the importance of a great attitude. “What comes first is attitude. You might not be the most educated, intelligent, or qualified person for a role, but you might be that someone who has the drive and a twinkle in their eyes, but didn’t have the chance to have the education.”

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