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Breaking the Bias for International Women's Day 2022

5 months ago · 3 min read
Fibrus Construction Director, Jenny Lennon tells us about her experiences as a female working up the career ladder in the male dominated telecommunications industry, as well as her thoughts on why other females should help 'break the bias' and not let gender stand in their way of achieving their goals.
Breaking the Bias for International Women's Day 2022

• What is your role within Fibrus is and how did you get here in your career?

I am the Construction Director for Fibrus, my main objective is to lead our team in delivering a successful end-to end Fibre To The Premises rollout in the rural and regional communities of Northern Ireland. 

This is an area I’m extremely passionate about as I’m acutely aware that full fibre broadband is key to unlocking the full potential of NI. It allows towns, villages and rural communities to prosper, keeps communities connected and is now considered as an essential utility.

Something that started as a summer job in BT – cold calling residential customer to take up free dial internet connection, has turned into a 20 year career within the telecoms industry. Whilst my career has always been in telecommunications, I’m regularly faced with new challenges and I am confident there will be many more, particularly as the demand for online service continues to grow.

 

What do you love about the telecoms industry?

As an industry we have to consistently adapt and evolve – I have absolutely loved being a part of that; from dial up, to now having the opportunity to be involved in bringing fibre to the home.

The difference we are making to the economy, particularly to the rural communities of NI. Now living with the effects of the pandemic, the benefits of full-fibre broadband are more relevant than ever – seeing first-hand the difference we are making to people’s day to day lives drives a genuine purpose.

No two days are the same, I am part of an extremely ambitious team, I love the buzz and thrive on that energy.

 

• What is it like working in a male dominated environment?

In any workplace there are a lot of male allies – don’t be afraid to ask them for help/mentorship.

My best mentor was male, and I give full credit to that relationship in supporting me become the person I am today; professionally and personally. They taught me:

  1. How to be resilient 
  2. The importance of values
  3. And finally – having the confidence to be authentic!


What advice would you give women considering stepping outside the ‘norm’?

Live with purpose. When you do decide to turn left when the crowd turns right – remember that only 2-5% of people create revolution and change.


Why should anyone consider a career at Fibrus?

Fibrus is a progressive company with opportunity to grow and develop your career.

Fibrus has attracted some of the best talent within the industry, who have a genuine desire to succeed and support others in succeeding. I am very fortunate and grateful to be part of that team.