In Conversation with Jodie Cunningham

Jodie Cunningham is #RLWC2021 Ambassador and current England Women’s Rugby League player.

You are the women’s ambassador for #RLWC2021. When did you realise that representation is important and how did you start taking the steps to champion it?
After taking up the role as Women’s ambassador for the RLWC2021, the main thing I have realised when looking back on how I got to where I am is that every conversation and introduction you have with someone new should be treated like an interview; big companies, brands or major sporting events like the RLWC2021 want to be associated with people who can represent their organisation in the best light possible in both a working and social capacity. You never know what doors that new person may open for you.

Do you have any advice for people looking to get involved in an activity, sector or industry that is not particularly gender diverse?
Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of entering a sector which appears not to be gender diverse but embrace it. Being part of the gender minority of a sector means you offer something different to the norm and this can often lead to new and exciting opportunities.

You are going to be involved with speed mentoring at NPFutures. Why do you think mentoring is important?
It is hard to know what you want to do when you are applying for your college course, university course or your first job, and half of the career opportunities that are out there you aren’t even aware of when applying for these things. I think it is important for young people to have the opportunity to speak to mentors who have a great insight into what is available across a whole range of industries and who can give advice on how your career can change and verge off into a variety of different directions you had never even imagined.

We’re very excited to see the Rugby League World Cup with you at Northern Power Futures! What are you excited for at Northern Power Futures?
I am excited to speak to some of the promising young talent of the north and to network with other mentors who are leading figures in their industries-you’re never too old to learn!

Jodie will be at Northern Power Futures on Monday 11th February with the Rugby League World Cup. Find out more information and register for free tickets here.

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