Inspirational Women – Helen Laycock
Helen Laycock works for 3SC in our Justice Programmes Team. Helen has been nominated as one of our Inspirational Women 2021 not only because she is just about to adopt 2 children but because she is awesome at her job! This is her interview:
What’s your current role or situation?
My current role is as a Senior Contracts Performance Manager for HLNY/WY Justice Team.
Tell us a bit about your background and how you got to where you are?
I started my working life at 15 in retail and continued until I left college as a qualified Nursery Nurse. My career as a Nursery Nurse took me away from Hull and I worked aboard for many years before returning. I then went back into retail but this time as a Travel Agent until I decided to go into education where I had various jobs and roles which included working as a NVQ assessor, college lecturer and a Head of Quality for Employment. I found over those years all my jobs and roles naturally lead into each other and gave me the experience and knowledge to apply and successfully gain a job at 3SC initially as Contract Performance Manger and now as a Senior Contracts Performance Manger.
The Theme of this year’s IWD is ‘Choose to challenge’ – what challenges you and how do you deal with any challenges?
For me it’s the big challenges in life, like organising a wedding, refurbishing a house which both of these my Husband and I have done in the last 9 years and now we face our next biggest challenge in adopting two children.
The way I deal with challenges is to look at it, plan how to approach it and not to get stressed by it which is counterproductive. The way I plan how to deal with challenges (which my husband and family will say drives them mad) is to list them. I like my list of things to do whether it’s a shopping list or a chores list to the big list I make on the 1st January each year. This list includes what I what to achieve this year including any work to the house, holidays that I want to plan or buying a new large item.
Talking about challenges, what are some of the key lessons you have taken from the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown?
The key lessons have been:
That my work / life balance can be managed better and since working from home this has improved, for example, being home to have tea at a reasonable time so more time can be spent with my husband on a night.
Appreciate the outdoors more. I am lucky to have a large garden so been able to go outside for fresh air and take time away from work which has been beneficial for my mental health.
You’ve been nominated as inspirational. What are your top tips for work and life in general?
Top tips for work
Be organised and set time to complete tasks.
Respond to emails in a timely manner.
Ensure all communication is shared to avoid confusion or delays.
Top tips for life in general
Enjoy time with family and friends.
When its possible travel and see as many places as you can.
Treat people how you want to be treated.
Helen Laycock, Senior Contract Performance Manager, 3SC