As part of International Women's Day and to kick start our Basing Folk campaign, we spoke to influential women from around Basingstoke Town Centre. One of these was Elena Oprea, Security Officer for Festival Place.
What is your current role?
Security Officer at Festival Place
What is the most interesting part of your role?
Being the only woman on the team is interesting. I am pleased to be doing the same job as these guys. I have become part of a great team and developed some really strong relationships with my colleagues. You spend so much time with them; it is like a big family. I know if I’m having a bad day, I can turn to them for support.
What is your most positive memory of working in Basingstoke?
Starting at Festival Place, getting to know the team around me and building relationships with them.
What are the challenges for a woman in your role?
Learning so many new skills and pushing yourself, as you don’t know how much you can do until you’re faced with the situation. Michelle pushed me to take on this new role and join the security team. I was given the support here to push on and better myself
What advice would you give to young women starting their career?
Don’t be afraid to go for a job outside of a gender stereotype. Security is a male-dominated industry, but that didn’t stop me.
Read more of the interviews from influential women from Basingstoke Town Centre here.
This series is the start of a wider new promotion for 2019 called “Basing Folk”. This will showcase people from across the town centre that help make Basingstoke a great place to work, visit, shop and be a part of. Future features will include members of the community, young people in Basingstoke, long-standing residents, workers and business owners along with various other topics.