Created her own opportunity: An Industrial PhD
Ece decided to go for an Industrial PhD about gender-inclusive financial services leadership. “The idea of doing a PhD has always been on my mind, but I was waiting for the right moment and subject. When I saw the bank’s news on diversity and inclusion, it caught my attention like a sparkle. It was an ‘If not me, then who, if not now, then when?’ kind of a moment,” says Ece.
But an Industrial PhD is not a job you find on a website. “You create the opportunity by yourself, there is no open position for this. At the initial stages you really need an entrepreneurial spirit – be ready to go out there, pitch the idea all the way up to top management to get your funding. Once you meet with the top management of a company, you convince them why they should invest a great deal of money in a PhD for you and your project! I am thankful to all the people who have supported and believed in me so far on this journey.”
Ece nailed it. Not only did Danske Bank and CBS buy into the idea, but she also surmounted the difficult step of her PhD project being approved by the Innovation Fund Denmark.
For the next three years, Ece will be conducting a Group-wide PhD project called: ‘Towards gender-inclusive financial services leadership’ in collaboration with Danske Bank and CBS. The aim of her research is to better understand how male-dominated organisations can increase gender diversity in senior leadership roles in the Nordic financial services sector by focusing on micro practices.
“Fairness is dear to my heart. For me, it is a choice in everything we do. Luckily, life gives us the chance to hold each other’s hands every single day. It is never too late,” concludes Ece.
You can read more about an industrial PhD here: Industrial Researcher | Innovationsfonden