Whether you’re currently living out your dream job or are still searching for that position you’re truly passionate about, there’s always a way—however small—to succeed in your profession. While women have made undeniable progress when it comes to leveling the playing field at work, it’s no secret that ours is still an underrepresented gender—especially in executive level roles. No matter where you are (or where you want to be) on the metaphorical career ladder, take greater ownership of your path to success with these tips for career advancement.
Find Your Passion and Set Goals to Get You There:
The marriage of career and passion (or passions, as the case may be) is not always a perfect one. Even those who love their job don’t like it at times. But there’s a major difference between feeling unhappy with certain aspects of your career some days and dreading going to work every day.
If you feel lost within your current position, it’s important to set a personal career goal and have a clear understanding of where you want to go. Pinpoint what you’re most passionate about and think about the key experiences, skill sets, contacts, requirements, and so forth that are needed to get you there.
Know Your Value (And Then Own It):
Chances are, you bring a lot more to the table than you might realize. The sooner you understand your worth in the workplace, the sooner you can channel that power and use it to your advantage. It’s no coincidence that some of the top earning women in America are also the leaders of some of the most profitable industries in the world. These ladies certainly didn’t get there by underestimating themselves (or letting others do the same). So don’t be afraid to speak up, make your thoughts and ideas known and, most importantly, fully believe in yourself.
Make Connections (aka Network Like Crazy):
The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” is most commonly used when talking about having a family but it’s applicable when it comes to nurturing a career, too. Networking throughout every stage of your career—rather than using it merely as a tool to land a job—allows you to build a web of people who have your back and can offer testimonials to your work when it comes time for a performance review or a switch to a new position.
Build a Squad You Can Lean On:
It’s true that leaning into your career is an important part of getting ahead in the workplace, but so is leaning on a support system of the go-to people in your life (the group of girls that got you through grad school, the colleague that has been your work wife since day one, your childhood bestie). Having a partner or confidante at work can give you a huge boost, whether you become a team or just let each other vent. At the end of the day, even the most powerful of women rarely go it on their own.
By Amanda Rodgers