The Ethnicity Network, shaping careers
Our networks support and help our people to progress their careers.
The Ethnicity Network is one of our eight Employee Network Groups. They provide support and inspiration to help our people progress their careers.
How Papa excelled with the Ethnicity Network
Things seemed quite different to Papa, a branch manager, when he joined us. ‘I had this complex that being from a different ethnic background, things might be different for me’ he recalls.
But things began to change when Papa joined the Ethnicity Network. He worked with some managers who he remembers 'Believed in me and gave me the opportunity to be who I am’.
The network helped build his confidence
Papa found that ‘If you have the drive, Nationwide will give you the platform to be successful. Regardless of your ethnic background’.
It’s also given him a platform from which he can give back to others. 'I feel with the position that I am in, I can support my colleagues, the society and the community at large to advance ethnicity in Nationwide'.
Papa joined our Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) mentoring circle
The group helps improve representation of ethnically diverse individuals at higher levels across our management structure. And Papa feels it played a part in his success as well.
Papa now has five mentees of his own.
He’s one of the biggest supporters of our approach to ethnic diversity. ‘I believe strongly in the Society’s plan for inclusivity. I'm an advocate for how it supports employees from different backgrounds to be the best they can be. ’
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