10 Career Tips for Women. Number 1
Number One – Take Charge Resolve right this minute to take charge of your career. Say it out loud: I am responsible for my own career.
No one, repeat, no one, cares about it as much as you.
This is probably the single best thing you can do. People may help but in the final analysis it’s down to you.
Every successful woman I know has taken her career in both hands and gone for it. I have lost count of the number of women who have told me that their organisation won’t let them take part in courses or training opportunities; that is happening more and more as the economic situation leads companies to cut back wherever they can.
If your organisation won’t fund your training ask if they’ll allow you some study leave.
If they won’t allow you study leave do it in your own time.
Or get together with some like minded people and book the training yourself; ask your firm if you can use their premises or book a village hall, (yes, you can do this, usually for a very reasonable sum) and get your preferred trainer in and share costs. This will have the added advantage of showing your employer just how committed you are.
If you can’t find a course immediately read around your subject or expertise area expanding your knowledge. Resolve to spend 45 minutes a day on your own development. Give up TV, or read during travelling time (but not if you drive, that would be a bad thing… You can get downloads though, or CDs to play while you drive! Where there’s a will there’s a way!)
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If you’d like a bit of inspiration read Jane Weaver’s story here. Her sage advice is covered in Career Tips for Women Tip Two. Have a Plan!