There is nothing better than meeting young professionals who are truly excited about and committed to a career in business continuity. It’s this level of passion and zest for learning that keeps the business continuity industry growing and thriving.

One such young professional who embodies this spirit is Bogdana Sardak, an associate advisory consultant with Fusion Risk Management. Sardak had a very focused trajectory that set her on a long and exciting career in all aspects of business continuity. She studied emergency management as her major at university and then thanks to a business continuity course, she knew she found her niche and decided to focus on business continuity as her career.

As excited and committed as she is to the business continuity industry, Sardak does see some definite room for improvement. As she tells us, there are a number of challenges facing young business continuity professionals, “The lack of experience in different areas of business continuity (IT disaster recovery, cyber security, physical security/facilities, etc.) I believe sometimes the older generation does not take the younger professionals seriously – believing we lack credibility.”

To help change this, Sardak does have some excellent advice for anyone keen to get involved in her career path, “Be persistent and try to get a foot in the door in every way possible. Try different positions, volunteer, take any opportunities the journey offers.”

Networking and connecting with other BC/DR professionals is very important and would open lots of doors for new business continuity professionals. Also, knowledge is key – take as many courses, seminars, trainings, webinars, etc. as possible to have comprehensive experience. Do everything you can to build solid base body of knowledge in BC, ITDR, crisis management, emergency management, incident management, and cyber security.”

For Sardak, her ideal conference sessions would allow for this exact type of learning and networking: A conference session on methodology and tactical application of how a BC professional can eliminate working in silo. Learning how to connect and engage various range of essential expert groups within organization, such as IT & IS, facilities, cyber security, human resources, enterprise risk management, etc.“