Women are moving up the career ladder as the days of inequality and the glass ceiling are being pushed behind us. As a lady, I personally think it is important to be able to support ourselves and pave our own way in the future for the career and family that we want. I was recently sent an article about Alison Brond and how she started her own PR agency at the age of 25. While her experience was filled with a number of lucky breaks (sometimes that’s exactly what you need!), she offered up some great lessons and career tips that are worth sharing.
1. Be bold. Do not be afraid or feel limited in asking for connections to others or in introducing yourself to people you want to meet.
2. However, do not be over confident or over-sell your abilities. Know your limitations and be realistic about your skills. When you put “Internet Explorer” or “social media” on your resume, be prepared to explain your skill set beyond using the Internet or having a Facebook page.
3. Have a wide range of interests and be well read. Read the newspapers, read best selling novels, read biographies. US Weekly and People Magazine can be mixed in to your reading lists but do not make them your go-to sources for conversations.
4. Stop crying in the office. I hire a lot of younger women who are navigating their first professional careers, and I have to remind them that they cannot burst into tears at work. It shows a complete lack of self-control.
5. Choose your career to mesh with your family goals. If you want children and want to be highly involved in their everyday lives, don’t choose a career in client-services. I think young women need to be told to have more of a life strategy when choosing careers.
These are great to remember, but success won’t be complete without a lot of hard work and a dash of hope.
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