Jil Hammerschmidt

"There is always light. If only we are brave enough to see it - if only we are brave enough to be it. – Amanda Gorman"

Co-Lead Innovation | Deloitte

What means career for you?

It’s a really big world out there and I am fascinated by new ideas, both in terms of developments in fields I am already familiar with and when new subjects come along, same goes for my career. I like to apply logic to human interactions and networks, using my perception to find out what makes people tick and what motivates them. I honestly never strived in systems of strict regimentation and hierarchy, not even as a child. I need to feel like I am pushing boundaries and like I am exploring ideas, this is why am focusing on interests and careers that encourage these traits I have.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by independent, energetic and compassionate people. I love fine arts and colourful things. I already travelled very much in the past years and am always inspired by new smells, languages and environments – basically anything that sparks my imagination. :-)

What was your biggest professional challenge and how have you solved it?

If there’s a challenge I was always facing when selecting a career, it was never the fact that I was lacking the drive or options, it’s rather that there are so many things out there that are just so fascinating and interesting, that I found it hard to chose. Simply having the guts to make a decision and to see what happens after (without knowing it beforehand) was the solution after all.

What is the worst advice someone has ever said to you?

“You should not do this, because I need you here.” Do not let anyone ever tell you what you should and what you shouldn’t do – especially in regards to your job. You are the only person deciding on your path you chose to go in your professional and private life.

What importance have career networks for you in your professional career?

I do love to connect with other inspiring personalities, especially the ones who chose a different career track than I did and who work in different industries. Getting to know different perspectives and mindsets is always enriching and brings you forward.

What is the learning or advice you would like to share with other women?

Be bold, be brazen. No one is going to give you what you want if you do not ask for it.

What do your colleagues or friends say about you, what are you characterized by?

My colleagues and friends describe me as being bold and creative. Strong in all communication related aspects and fun to be around. :-)

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