Meet Eirin and discover how she connects a high level of diversity with business success.
What was your path into the financial industry?
Well, I do not have a banking education. My career path started in the food- and fashion industry in Norway, where I was born and raised.
I moved from Norway to Denmark 12 years ago and started working in our Customer Service. Throughout the years, I transferred between different teams and areas of expertise such as customer care, granting, collections, controlling, back office, and today I work in IT as a Quality Assurance Analyst. Here too it applies that I do not have a formalised education within IT, but thanks to my seniority and knowledge of our business, I meet the job requirements, and I am happy in this position.
In 2022, 51% of BNP Paribas Personal Finance employees in the Nordics are women. How do you feel that it contributes to BNP Paribas Personal Finance that there is a fairly equal distribution between men and women?
I do not think that gender balance is the most important critical success factor. In my opinion, a high degree of diversity and mix of personalities are far more important to run a successful business. By that, I mean that you need a variety of personalities, skills, strengths and assets to be successful.
If 70% of your colleagues have the same characteristics, you will not achieve the same results as if you had a more diversified mix of colleagues, who can complement each other.