TRC caught up with Lynsey at Skyscanner’s Edinburgh offices to chat about her experience of Special Edition.
“Special Edition came highly recommended from a friend who had been on the programme two years previous to me applying. Seeing the changes that she had gone through in terms of confidence and career progression that she made since being on the course was definitely something that appealed to me. I was at a point where I was feeling quite low in my confidence, and I was lacking the skills to really push my career to the next level.
When I applied for Special Edition I had a business idea but wasn’t sure where to take it at that point. I was also at a point in my career when I’d been at Skyscanner for two years and it was time to move up, but I wasn’t sure how to get there or what I needed to do to get to that next level. I felt that by applying to Special Edition, it would give me the skills to not only think about my business idea and how to move it forward, but also to think about my role at Skyscanner and how to reach the next level.”
“Right from the start it was brilliant to have a new network of people who were sharing similar situations. It was really reassuring – we could share amongst ourselves and someone might have a hint or tip about how they had gotten through a particular situation, which was really great. One of the biggest things that’s boosted my confidence is the incredible support network I now have with the rest of the Special Edition women. We talk over Slack and WhatsApp, about everything from conferences that others in the group might be interested in to shared opportunities to meet investors, to choosing an outfit to deliver a presentation at a conference. I think that we’ll continue to be friends for a very long time.”
Biggest takeaways from the programme
“In some respects, the course has taken me in a slightly different direction to what I initially imagined it would. There was one session in particular – Pitching with Confidence – which has helped me pitch my business idea to Gareth [Williams, CEO and Co-Founder of Skyscanner].
Through the course I was also promoted in January when the programme was still ongoing. This is without a doubt due to the tools and skills learnt on the course. In terms of moving forward, Special Edition has also helped me discover that I’m passionate about how we can get more women into tech, which is something I hadn’t really thought much about before – the course gave me an awareness of it and spurred me on to get me thinking about what I could do to help that.”
Interested in Special Edition?
Special Edition is funded by Scottish Enterprise, BBC, Channel 4 and Creative Scotland. There is a delegate fee of £300.