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.

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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!

Jane C Woods

Women's Personal Development Specialist - Changing People, -

Hi, I’m Jane C Woods and I have an absolute passion for helping women achieve success in their lives. Be it the glass ceiling, the crystal maze, or very personal issues, I’m all about helping women achieve to their full potential and live the way they want to without being carbon copies of men. But I’m not about putting men down in order for women to get ahead, there’s plenty of room; I just want the guys to shifty up a bit… If my face looks familiar it's because I love Psychologies magazine (I've been buying it since the very first issue, such a good resource) and it's the only place I choose to advertise my courses. I write on women’s issues on my blog, www.changingpeople.co.uk, and am regularly featured in magazines, and on radio, but I’m probably best known for RenewYou. RenewYou is my one day personal development course for women. We have an international network of experienced, specialist women licensed to deliver it and empower women across the globe. Our goal is to reach one million women. It’s a big goal but… In 2013 we started with a single RenewYou specialist, me. Now you can find a RenewYou Courses across the UK, in the USA, Canada, Greece, Bangkok, Pakistan, South Africa, Belgium, with new countries being added all the time. My dream was to create a thriving and caring business on ethical, and dare I say, feminine terms, with a real community spirit of help and encouragement. And it’s actually happening with the support, expertise, and enthusiasm of my wonderful trainers. I think, (apart from my two lovely kids, a daughter and a son) that it’s probably my proudest achievement to date. Wonderful Changing People Women: One of the joys and privileges of my work is that I’ve connected with some really inspirational and wonderful women – from politics to entertainment to academia. They include: TV presenter, house fixer and matchmaker Sarah Beeny Amazing entrepreneur Sam Roddick of Coco de Mer Outspoken and entertaining academic Mary Beard Politicians like Siobhan Benita and Natalie Bennett Ex BBC broadcaster Miriam O’Reilly who bravely took on the might of the BBC- and triumphed A very rare interview with Sarah Montague, of the influential BBC Radio 4 Today programme I hope you like the posts and I hope they are helpful. Live life to the max and never hide your light under any bushels!