Priscilla Walsh is a Digital Events Project Manager for the Cloud Communications division of NTT Ltd. Having joined the company as Executive Assistant, she began in her new role in 2018. These days, she manages complex multi-lingual Digital Events, ensuring the process runs smoothly. She works closely with Digital Events colleagues in the UK and a team of webcast producers right across the globe.
Growing up in France, Priscilla always wanted to live in an English-speaking country. She achieved this in moving to London back in 2005 to further her studies. Having worked within the legal sector, she joined our business in 2017 and is thriving in her role within the company. We decided to find out more about her career so far, and how she adapted to the London way of life.
Q. Having joined the company in one role, you then changed to something quite different. Did you find it easy to adapt?
Overall, I found the process quite easy. I was well supported by the team around me: management, production and sales. The biggest challenge was that this was a brand-new position created specifically for the Digital Events team. So, as a team, we had to adapt and ensure that clients continued to feel comfortable and confident in our expertise and abilities, whilst all the while we were starting completely from scratch in terms of our processes! Throughout the transition though, I felt trusted by the UK team, and free to come up with ideas on how we could best make things work.
Q. On your LinkedIn profile, we can see you left France to study Law in London back in 2005. Tell us about how your career has evolved since that time.
I have always been passionate about European Union law and after my studies began my career at the French Embassy in London, assisting the French Liaison Judge in judicial cooperation. I was there for six years and found it very interesting, however the bureaucracy was frustrating, and the role did not really fit in with my life as a young mother at that time. The Cloud Communications division of NTT Ltd. provided me with an exciting opportunity to progress and to achieve a much-needed better work/life balance.
Q. You’ve lived in London this whole time. How do you find working in a country where you’re not speaking your own first language?
English was always my strong point at school and I always dreamt of living in an Anglo-Saxon country. I had applied for universities in Dublin, Southampton, Coventry and London in order to be close to France and be able to easily go back and visit – but secretly I hoped to be accepted at a London university. That dream came true, and I made my home here aged 18, and have never looked back since. I felt quite confident in English when I first arrived – although conversations with lots of people in crowded places were tricky at first! University and work experience gave me the confidence to speak English as I do now, whilst also allowing me to talk in French too. There is nothing like being able to speak your first language at work which I was able to do daily while working with Olivier and Odile de Puymorin!
Q. Can you tell us more about this charity project and what was your role?
This was a charity initiative launched by the Cloud Communications division of NTT Ltd. as part of our Solidarity Week, a worldwide company program. The UK office chose the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) as the chosen charity to raise funds for throughout 2019. My dear friend and colleague Dezia Hansen and I decided to run a marathon in France in May. We thought it was a great opportunity to raise money for GOSH. We were overwhelmed by the number of donations we received, and it kept us motivated throughout! This was only one of many activities to raise money for GOSH organized by our great office manager Evelina Grön. I was kindly invited last December to join Evelina and EMEA Managing Director, Andy Pearce, to hand over the cheque with the amount we had collectively raised. It was a moving and very rewarding day.
Q. What advice would you give for someone who wants to follow a career like yours?
I guess my advice would be not to shy away from challenges and opportunities that may seem daunting along the way because you’re starting from scratch. Asking for help/advice is not a weakness and you’d be surprised how many people are willing to help. Voice your opinion and express your wishes/concerns to do your job to the best of your ability. My motto has and always will be “if you want, you can!”