Sadly, women are still underrepresented in top positions in the workplace but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to snag the job of your dreams. Here a few lessons and strategies to guide you on your journey to success:
Seize opportunities, take risks and don’t take no for an answer. If you see a job you can do – do it. You might be paid to do a certain job but if there’s something in your workplace that you’re capable of doing, talk to your boss and make it happen. Have confidence and speak up.
Leadership is ageless
Don’t let your age stop you from portraying the qualities of a leader. Be mature, responsible, creative and assertive. Prove to your colleagues that you have talent and potential. However, it is important not to forget that making it to the top often means being a team player and being grateful to your co-workers and those who help you.
…and we’re not talking about wifi. Take every opportunity to meet people. Memorize their names, shake their hands and keep their business cards. Follow up your meeting with a friendly email and build relationships whenever possible. Remember: It’s not what you know, but who you know.
Stay on top of trends relevant to your industry. If you’re fresh out of college, you will have an advantage of having the most recent training in your field. As we get older, it’s easy to fall out of touch with relevant technologies and tactics. Read news articles, blogs, basically anything you can get your hands on, to ensure you remain in-the-know and on top.
Take financial responsibility
Don’t rely on your partner or family to support you. You need to take care of yourself and have a financial plan, independent of your spouse. You owe it to yourself to own your life – this includes making a serious, long-term commitment to your career.