Gone are the days when women were restricted to the four walls of a house. Today, a growing number of women are pursuing a successful career in addition to managing their households and other child-rearing duties. Quite honestly speaking, it was in the last generation that women started pursuing careers of their own.
Back then, there were certain professions (like medical, nursing or teaching) that were restricted to women. With the second generation of women taking on jobs, there are practically very few professions where women have not set foot.
While this trend is indeed a welcome one, the fact remains that even today women have to struggle more than their male counterparts to reach the same level of professional success and acclaim. This trend is even more prominent in the context of professions where the population of women is lesser than that of men.
In the corporate world, women often find themselves with entry-level jobs, but successive growth becomes difficult. While the challenges are enormous for those of the fairer sex, the fact is with due perseverance and planning it is not impossible for them to climb the ladder of professional success. This article has advice for women aiming to ascend the growth of professional success.
• Prioritise Your Work
For any individual, at any given time, there will be a wide array of tasks that will demand your attention. This situation is worse in the case of women because society has an altogether different range of expectations from them. In the corporate scene, they are expected to be the master of all forms of time management.
It is not possible to deal with all the jobs at hand all at once. Worrying sick about these will get a person nowhere. Thus, if one needs to climb the corporate ladder, it is important to learn to manage the clock and prioritise all your professional tasks in order of importance.
• Invest In Social Relationships
As women, when we get into a relationship we often end up putting in too much effort into it. That is why we do not encourage the inclusion of too many people in our lives. In the corporate scene if one has to grow, they cannot do so alone. Thus, it is important to open up and build more number of professional relationships.
Even if you are not personally passionate about social events, it is important for you to understand that there are corporate investments that will pay off in the long run if you wish to climb the ladder of professional success.
• Be Assertive
As per the definition of masculinity, things like self-confidence and assertiveness fall under its radar. However, this is far from being true. It is possible for an individual to be self-confident, assured and forceful in interactions without feeling masculine about the same. If you want to get the promotions of your dreams despite being a woman, you need to train yourself to be assertive.
If you look at women like Indra Nooyi, Sudha Murthy, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, etc. you will find that all of them are exceptionally good at this. Assertiveness in the workplace is one of the most essential skills in the quest for corporate success.
• Own Your Work-Life Balance
As a woman, it is important to realise that no one has the right to dictate your work-life balance. In the Indian society it is obvious that people around you will comment on it no matter how well you manage your life. You must learn to ignore the same. At the end of the day you must chalk out how much time and effort you want to dedicate to each particular aspect of your life.
Once that is done, you must work out a schedule for yourself. After that, work hard to stick to that routine. By sticking to this routine you will be able to be true to yourself and climb up the corporate ladder without losing out on your personal life.
• Ask For Your Dues
Corporate life is not a fairy tale and things will not be handed to you on a silver platter. If you feel that you are not getting due appreciation or appraisal for your work, chances are that it is because you have not asked for it. In order to grow in any profession, one often needs to put in extra hours of work. If you find yourself putting in those extra hours, make sure that you bring the same to the notice of your supervisors.
Just as it is important to work hard, it is equally important to learn to get your work noticed. The day you will master the art of doing this, your path of corporate success will be much more smoother and you will find yourself collecting one promotion after the other.
• Seek Out Places Where Women Are Valued
There are many workplaces which were previously dominated by men and are recently looking forward to hiring more women. Be in the lookout of such places and once you are able to find them, try to shift to these as soon as possible. The reason for this may be attributed to the fact that these places have held one-track ideologies due to the presence of people of only one sex.
Since they are now opening doors for the fairer sex, your divergent ideas will be well received and you will be welcomed with open arms here. In such a situation since your voice is critical at the table climbing the organisation's hierarchy will be easier.