Rebecca Holders – Never give up, hard work will always pay off!

In this #YesSheCan blog we speak to Rebecca Holders, a partner at Hortons Estate Agents. Rebecca talks to us about never being afraid to fail, being limited by gender with career options and being strong-willed to get where you want to be.

I started in Estate Agency when I was 16 and have been in it ever since! I have worked for various high street Estate Agents who have provided me with valuable experience and insight into the property world. Last year I qualified to become a member of the national estate agent group which is endorsed via Propertymark.

A typical day will mainly consist of providing market appraisals on property, negotiating offers, showing potential purchasers around homes, providing advice on anyone looking to buy, sell or invest in property and progressing sales through until completion.

I never anticipated to become an estate agent, I guess it just happened! My first job was as an estate agent and I have stuck with in this industry ever since!

From starting in estate agency as my first job, I have progressed through roles and since becoming a qualified Estate Agent, I am now a Partner within an Estate Agency. I have faced various challenges with trying to fit a full-time job, a full-time degree and also finding the time to study to qualify to become an estate agent challenging when it comes to time management. I have also experienced that not all workplaces are of the same nature and feel that there is a bias towards males within this role, I feel that due to my age and gender some companies do not feel that I should be at a higher level than a male candidate or employee.

I feel that time management is essential to ensure you overcome any hurdles or obstacles and to prioritise the most critical tasks. It is also vital to remain positive and realise that the hard work will pay off in the end. I feel that I keep going even when days can be tough, I think it is necessary to never give up as the hard work will always pay off even though it may not seem like it at the time.

I have always wanted to do well in life from a young age and I feel that I have never been afraid of failure. As long as you try your best then that is all you can do! And then from any mistakes I have made, I think this is a great way to learn and my willingness to learn quickly from mistakes has given me the determination to succeed. On several occasions, I felt that by being female it provides limitations on how far you can progress within your career.

What three tips would you give to young females starting their careers?

Always stay positive.

Ask a lot of questions

Time management is important from early on within your work.

What is the best bit of advice that you have ever been given? 

Never to give up

Do you think enough is being done by businesses to address gender imbalance?

On the whole, I feel not, I believe that there are still so many gender stereotypes within the workplace and I don’t feel that more traditional long-standing companies are doing enough to change this. However, I feel that newer more modern companies are more onboard with ways to address gender imbalance.

What are some strategies that can help women achieve a more prominent role in their organizations?

I think that it is important to leave your comfort zone, I think women need to believe that they are capable of doing the work even if they do not fit all of the requirements and prove this through the interview process. I also feel that you need to decide what your career is and stay focused to achieve your goals.

What advice do you have for women aiming for leadership positions?

Do not have self-doubt, stay strong-willed and prove that you can be capable of leadership and address any challenges head-on!

What would you say to your 16-year-old self?

The hard work always pays off, never give up.

Thanks so much to Rebecca for her blog, if you’d like to check out more of our inspirational women you can do here.

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