Nethmi Weerakoon's story for International Women's Day

Nethmi studied our Business and Enterprise degree, graduated in 2015 and is now a Content Executive at Dyson.

What have you enjoyed most so far in your career?

I think the one of the main things I have enjoyed most is the different people I have had the opportunity to work with. From studying at Pearson College London to my current role at Dyson, I have been able to gain knowledge from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences. 

Have you had any mentors along the way?

Yes! I think having a mentor is really important for personal and career development. They can take the shape of anyone, from a friend to a colleague at work, depending on what areas you want to tackle. I have a mentor within Dyson and a couple of mentors outside of work so I can focus on various areas of my own development. Sometimes, it’s just good to have someone who is a great sounding board! 

Who inspires you?

I get inspired in a lots of different ways! 

On the top of my reading list are currently two books; ‘Girls Who Rocked The World’ and ‘Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls’ both books are full of inspiring women who have gone above and beyond to do amazing things. 

I am also part of a committee called SheWorks here at Dyson. It’s a networking group set up to inspire and motivate women, in their careers and beyond. Over the last year or so, we have had some great speaker events where we have heard from both internal colleagues at Dyson and external people from industry - all so very inspiring! 

A good Ted Talk also gets me motivated and inspired.