Career Tip Thursday

Career tips on advancing Your career.

  1. Every year or two, spend some time really thinking about your career. Go out and warm up your network, check out new opportunities, and do some salary comparisons. You make smarter career decisions when you have real data. Also, if you are afraid or uncomfortable, you are probably onto something awesome! Fear means you are growing your comfort zone.—Christie Mims, Career Coach
  2. Don’t be afraid to speak up in a meeting or to schedule a sit down with a colleague or boss—whether to hash out details on a project or deal with a sensitive situation. When it comes to having your ideas heard, or to really connecting with co-workers, never underestimate the power of face time and the importance of in-person communication.—Catherine Straut, Assistant Editor of Elle
  3. Some people think the office is the place to be all power, all brilliance, all the time. And while you should strive to make a powerful and brilliant impression, an occasional question or clarification won’t discount your abilities—but it may help you squeeze through a tricky situation with your reputation intact.—Sara McCord, Staff Writer and Editor at The Muse
  4. Take criticism or “feedback” for what it is: a gift given to you to make you better at what you do. Don’t concern yourself with the person or the method of delivery. Instead, glean out the teachable nuggets and move on.—Michelle Bruno, President of Bruno Group Signature Events
  5. I know. You’ve heard it a thousand times: Dress for the job you want, not the one you’ve got. But I think this message goes far beyond the clothes you wear every day: It’s how you present yourself in meetings and at office events, how you interact with staff both above and below you, and how seriously you take your work.—Adrian Granzella Larssen, Editor-in-Chief at The Muse
  6. In chaos, there is opportunity. Most major career accelerations happen when someone steps into a mess and makes a difference.—Kristi Hedges, Leadership Coach
  7. Work harder than everyone under you or above you. Nothing commands respect more than a good work ethic. This means being the first one at the event in the morning and the last one to leave in the evening. No one said this gig was easy.—Keith Johnston, Event Consultant at Plannerwire
  8. Having a mentor within your company is particularly valuable—she can identify opportunities for advancement you might overlook, guide you through challenging projects, and help you build relationships with higher-ups. Most importantly, if she’s influential, she can earn you recommendations for special projects or teams that you might not have been considered for otherwise. And these are the factors that are going to pave the way for success at your company.—Jessica Taylor, Writer
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Career Tip Tuesday

We will be dedicating Tuesday’s & Thursday’s for Career Tips. So be sure to always stop by our blog on this days for a nice feed on career.

When it comes to your career, sometimes it feels like you could use all the advice you can get. From picking the “right” career to actually excelling in it, there’s certainly a lot to learn.

And that’s why we’ve gathered our all-time best career advice. From starting out at the bottom of the totem pole to advancing to a more senior position to—who knows?

So for today it all about tips on working on not-quite-dream job;

  1. The best career or job is the one in which you’re using the skills you enjoy. But, not every job needs to address all of your passions. Use every job as an opportunity to learn something new and keep an open mind; you may find that you really enjoy something you never imagined would appeal to you.—Miriam Salpeter, Founder of Keppie Careers
  2. Don’t take yourself (or your career) too seriously. Plenty of brilliant people started out in jobs they hated, or took paths that weren’t right at the beginning of their careers. Professional development is no longer linear, and trust that with hard work and a dedication to figuring out what you want to do with your life, you, too, will be OK!—Kathryn Minshew, CEO of The Muse
  3. Every person you meet is a potential door to a new opportunity—personally or professionally. Build good bridges even in that just-for-now job, because you never know how they’ll weave into the larger picture of your life.—Kristina Leonardi, Career Coach
  4. My friend Andre said to me, “You know, Marissa, you’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself to pick the right choice, and I’ve gotta be honest: That’s not what I see here. I see a bunch of good choices, and there’s the one that you pick and make great.” I think that’s one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten.”—Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!
  5. No matter how low on the totem poll you are or how jaded you’ve become by your to-do list, it’s still important to show up early, wear something sharp, and avoid Facebook like the plague. I discovered that when I acted like a professional, I suddenly felt like my work was a lot more valuable. “Looking the part” boosted my confidence, helped me begin to see myself as a highly capable contributor to the team—and ultimately led the rest of my team to see me in the same light.—Lisa Habersack, Writer
  6. Remember that a job, even a great job or a fantastic career, doesn’t give your life meaning, at least not by itself. Life is about what you learn, who you are or can become, who you love and are loved by.—Fran Dorf, Author and Psychotherapist
  7. If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.—Jane Fonda

Bible Verses in regards to Work

God Was a Worker
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Gen 2:2-3 (NKJV)

God Blesses our Work
You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. Job 1:10-11 (NKJV)

God Gives Us a Desire for the Work We Do
You shall call, and I will answer You;
You shall desire the work of Your hands. Job 14:15 (NKJV)

When We Do Our Work, We Find a Reward in Doing It
For He repays man according to his work,
And makes man to find a reward according to his way. Job 34:11 (NKJV)

God Reveals God’s Work to Us
He seals the hand of every man,
That all men may know His work. Job 37:7 (NKJV)
God Establishes Our Work
Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.
17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalms 90:16-17 (NKJV)

God Warns Against Slothful Work
He who is slothful in his work
Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer. Prov 18:9 (NKJV)

God Honors Those Who Do Good Work. They Will Stand Before Kings.
Do you see a man who excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before unknown men. Prov 22:29 (NKJV)

There Is a Time For Every Work
I said in my heart,
“God shall judge the righteous and the wicked,
For there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” Eccl 3:17 (NKJV)

We Are to Find Satisfaction in Our Labor
Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. Eccl 2:24 (NKJV)

Our Labor is a Gift of God
I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, 13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor–it is the gift of God. Eccl 3:12-13 (NKJV)

Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. 19 As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor–this is the gift of God. 20 For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart. Eccl 5:18-20 (NKJV)

Jesus Had a Work to Do
“I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:4-6 (NKJV)

Jesus Had a Work to Do that Brought Glory to the Father
“I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. John 17:4 (NKJV)

God Calls Us to Examine Our Work
For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load. Gal 6:3-5 (NKJV)

Our Labor in the Lord is Not in Vain
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Cor 15:58 (NKJV)

Our Labor is Designed to Allow Us to Help Meet Other’s Needs
Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Eph 4:28 (NKJV)

God Calls Us to Work in Order to Provide for Our Families
For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.  2 Thess 3:10-13 (NKJV)

We Were Created to do Good Works
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Eph 2:10 (NKJV)

There is a Reward for Doing Our Work Well
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. Rev 22:12 (NKJV)

Self initiated Career Issues

#1 – My company sucks. They didn’t give me my annual raise.

Show me the line in your employment contract where it says you are guaranteed a raise annually and I’ll be the first to back you up on your complaint. In my experience, those days died 50+ years ago. Along with guaranteed life-time employment, a gold watch, retirement package. Employees today are a businesses-of-one. If we want a raise, we must build a strategy to earn it. If we aren’t making the money we think we deserve, we need to find a new client (a.k.a. employer who will pay our desired rate). If we can’t find an employer who will pay what we want, we’ve got two options: Stay where we are and be grateful, or build our skills in an area that will command more pay.

#2 – My job stinks. Nobody has any fun at the office. All we do is work.

If work feels that bad, then you are working for the wrong employer and/or doing the wrong kind of work. That’s your problem, not theirs. Are you chained to that desk? Are you bound by some iron-clad contract to never leave? If you don’t like the environment, find a new one. Nobody is holding you hostage.

#3 – I hate my career, but I can’t start over. Nobody will pay me as much as I’m making now.

Wow. You know you are overpaid, and yet, you aren’t just the least bit worried this will eventually catch up with you? If you know you are highly paid, your company will eventually know it too. I’d say it’s time to up your game or re-adjust your spending habits. Why? It’s only a matter of time before you find yourself looking for lower-paying positions. Who’s going to want to hire you when they see how much money you made before? They’ll think, “Oh. He’ll leave us the moment he can make more money.” Which is true. That high-paying salary is going to become a ball-n-chain in your future.

#4 – I need to quit my job. But, I’m due for a promotion and I want what’s coming to me.

You are up for a promotion and more money, but you hate your job? So, you are going to accept the role and continue to hate your situation. Makes a lot of sense. Once you are in that new role, you’ll be saying #3. See above.

#5 – My employer is so obnoxious. They waste a ton of money on stupid benefits like holiday parties, outings and team building exercises. Why can’t they be smart and use the money for raises?

A person who works only for the money is a person who ends up struggling to find anyone to network with in the future. Every job is temporary. Not establishing solid relationships with co-workers now will negatively affect you later. These are the people that can network you into a job someday. Let me say it again: EVERY job is temporary. Anyone who doesn’t see the value in company-sponsored relationship building opportunities is wasting a valuable career tool.

Tips to greater career success

Sometimes, it’s the simplest things that matter most. The tiniest changes to your routine, your behaviors, and to your overall outlook can have a massive effect on your ultimate results. No matter what your position is or industry you are in, your success is in some way a product of the accumulation of your small decisions. For example, getting to work a little early every day gives you more time to work on a big project, and if you do well on those big projects, you’ll be better poised to earn a raise at the end of the year.

Whether you’re seeking a raise, a promotion, more business, or just higher productivity, these five tips can lead you to greater success in business:

1. If It Takes You Less Than Five Minutes, Do It Now. Small tasks can get in the way of our bigger projects. Trying to tackle them immediately can distract you from your more important goals, but avoiding them can serve only to increase your workload and bog you down until you get them done. To remedy both of these drawbacks, apply the following rule: if there’s a task facing you that will take less than five minutes to complete, do it right now. Then, it’s out of your way, and you’ll have less existential overhead. If it takes more than five minutes, feel free to postpone it or complete it as you see fit.

2. Use Dress and Posture to Achieve Your Goals. The power of nonverbal cues is enormous, even for the person executing those cues. Simple changes to your attire, your appearance, your posture, and even your facial expressions can make a big difference in your mentality and your place in the office. Dressing up can make you feel more confident and look more impressive. Smiling can make you more approachable and improve people’s impressions of you. Sitting up straight and making yourself feel big enhances your confidence and leads you to perform better in conversations.

3. Time Yourself. Spend one or two average days timing yourself throughout your normal routine. See what tasks and rituals take the longest, and which ones take the least amount of time. Once your results are in, take a critical look at the tasks and behaviors you spend the most time on–are these necessary? What strategies can you use to cut down the amount of time you’re spending? This practice can highlight productivity killers in your daily routine you may never have otherwise suspected.

4. Use the Seinfeld Strategy. You could have a read on this on our previous post,Be productive at work using the ‘Seinfeld Strategy’ the trick is not to break the chain; eventually, you’ll have a huge row of X’s and your motivation is simply to keep it going. So if you’re looking to build a new skill, start a new habit, or chip away at a massive assignment, make it a consistent habit, and don’t break the chain.

5. Tie Everything Back to Your Long-Term Plan. While not a life hack in the strictest definition of the term, try to tie everything in your daily work back to your long-term goals. For example, if you’re working toward a promotion and you’re considering what type of training to undertake, actively seek out acquiring new skills that will be useful in your desired position. Try to put everything–from your morning routine to your choice of projects to take on–in the perspective of your ultimate plans. This will help you make smarter, more relevant decisions and put you on the fast track toward achieving those goals.

These may all seem like small changes, but the secret lies in their aggregate effect; only through consistency and commitment will you be able to fully unlock the benefits of these career life hacks. Try one or more of them out in your job, and experiment to see which are the most effective. You may be surprised at how quickly you start to see results.

Be productive at work using ‘Seinfeld Strategy’

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How many times have you tried picking up a new habit? How many times did it actually stick? No shame — you can always hop back on the wagon.

Brad Isaac was a young comedian starting out on the comedy circuit. One fateful night, he found himself in a club where Jerry Seinfeld was performing. In an interview on Lifehacker, Isaac shared what happened when he caught Seinfeld backstage and asked if he had “any tips for a young comic.”

Here’s how Isaac described the interaction with Seinfeld…

He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day.

He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker. He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day.

“After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job is to not break the chain.”

 

You’ll notice that Seinfeld didn’t say a single thing about results.

It didn’t matter if he was motivated or not. It didn’t matter if he was writing great jokes or not. It didn’t matter if what he was working on would ever make it into a show. All that mattered was “not breaking the chain.”

And that’s one of the simple secrets behind Seinfeld’s remarkable productivity and consistency. For years, the comedian simply focused on “not breaking the chain.”

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most successful comedians of all‐time.

He is regarded as one of the “Top 100 Comedians of All–Time” by Comedy Central. He was also the co–creator and co–writer of Seinfeld, the long–running sitcom which has received numerous awards and was claimed to have the “Top TV Episode of All–Time” as rated by TV Guide.

However, what is most impressive about Seinfeld’s career isn’t the awards, the earnings, or the special moments — it’s the remarkable consistency of it all. Show after show, year after year, he performs, creates, and entertains at an incredibly high standard. Jerry Seinfeld produces with a level of consistency that most of us wish we could bring to our daily work.

Try the Seinfeld strategy and get to see how your productivity is gonna increase.

DISABILITY IS NOT INABILITY

So today we share Pete’s story and hopefully it would give hope to one if not more souls out there.Pete Bradley aces work and Outward Bound from his wheelchair.The wheelchair is a form of transport, not an excuse to fail.

Pete Bradley thought he was happy sitting at home playing computer games, but he credits his stepmother with forcing him to get off his backside – and into a rewarding career.

“I was 18 and out of school. All I wanted to do was play computer games and drink beers with my mates. But my stepmother wasn’t going to let me waste my life, so she encouraged me to do Outward Bound,”  Pete says.

If you spend much time with Pete, you realize that most of the credit should be his, as taking part in the physically challenging course was even more daunting for him than for most people.

“I’ve got smaller arms and legs than most people and a bit of a curve in the back. It makes me short and stops me running around as much as the All Blacks. But I don’t see myself as disabled. I’ve got the guts and determination that helps people treat me more normally.”

Achievements at Outward Bound helped Pete realize he had potential.

The course was tough, but it gave Pete a new view of his situation. “When we were walking up the mountain, I had to walk up the mountain too. Walking isn’t one of my strong points and we just took our time and plodded up the mountain.

“When I got back I realized that if I can climb a mountain and sail a boat, there’s no reason for me to sit here and play James Bond on the computer – it wasn’t going to progress me any further.”

So Pete went to Workbridge, an employment service for people with disabilities, where he was steered toward a training course for call center operators.

Pete credits the service for helping him get organized, and into a job. “They team you up with a co-ordinator. That was helpful to do my CV. I’m still using Workbridge. They provide me with taxis to get to and from work. If I need any assistance or equipment, I can refer back to them.”

Now, in his job at Christchurch City Council’s call center, it’s Pete who gets the opportunity to encourage others. “I get people that ring me up and go, ‘I’m in a wheelchair and I can’t do this.’ And I’m like ‘Hang on, I’m in a wheelchair too and I still manage to get my wheelie bins out and I live at home independently.’

“Life’s all about having experiences. Just because you’ve got a disability you can’t sit on your laurels and not have those experiences.”

Career Counselor meet-up

So most students are off school and these are the moments parents ought to utilize and ensure their kids meet their career mentors or rather career counselor.

Whether you’re an undergraduate, in graduate school, or a few years post-graduation, one of the best resources you have is a college career counselor. These individuals are trained career experts who are ready and willing to help you brainstorm career paths, identify open positions, and give your resume and cover letter a boost.

But to make the most out of this resource, it’s helpful if you know what to expect and what to do to make the most of your meetings.While your career counselor has a wealth of resources and advice and is there to help you out, you’re the one who’s really in the driver’s seat. And she can be most effective when you share what you’re specifically looking to get out of the meeting. Here is a rundown of some of the things you could ask the career counselor.

“How does my resume look?”

Your counselor knows what makes a resume stand out to employers, so bring a copy of yours to the meeting and enlist her feedback. Even if it’s still a work in progress, that’s okay. Bring a draft, or even a list of all your experiences and activities—from your internships and all. Counselors can help you craft experience descriptions that draw attention to the skills and personal qualities you have that employers are seeking.

“What’s the best job search strategy for me?”

Enlist your counselor’s experience in strategizing your approach. Ask questions like: How should I allocate my search time between networking, informational interviews, and applying for jobs? What strategies have been effective for other people applying for these types of positions? How you should approach the job search will vary based on your role, industry, and location, but your career counselor likely has some advice that will help you out.

 

“How can I show I have experience if I don’t have direct experience?”

It’s a great one to ask. Talk to your counselor about the specific types of positions you’re after, as well as how you can leverage extracurricular, volunteer, on-campus, and academic experiences to make the case to a hiring manager that you’re a good fit. Many employers are willing to hire and train the right candidate if she can demonstrate strong communication skills, drive, intelligence, professionalism, and other valuable soft skills—it’s just a matter of positioning.

“How do I look on social media?”

More and more employers are using social media to check out potential candidates, even before the interview. But even if prospective employers are turned off by your Facebook profile pic, they’re probably not going to tell you about it. So, log into your social media platforms with your counselor, and ask for her candid feedback on what your profiles say about your professional image. She can let you know what a third party might think about your LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles and whether they will help or hurt your chances of securing a position.

 

“What are my next steps?”

Your first meeting is a great starting point in enlisting the help of your career expert, but be sure to leave the meeting knowing what the next steps are. It may be your turn to update your resume or look at some companies, or it may be time to schedule a follow-up appointment to continue the discussion. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask to meet with your career counselor throughout your search process—remember, that’s what she’s there for!

Job Hunting

So you graduate from the university, passed all the exams, written every test, it’s time to actually start entering the world of grown-ups and find a proper job. You’ve thought about how it will go following graduation and now the moment has come. The thing is, it’s not that easy as it seemed to be!

You may not even want to admit the amount of times you’ve sent your resume and got no answer or how many employers rejected your application form. Job hunting for college graduates can be very tedious. It takes time, but if you take some extra steps to create a resume and cover letter that stand out, brush up on your interview skills, grow your professional network and be proactive in your job search, you are sure to succeed!

Oh, and you’ll want to steer clear of these common problems graduates face while looking for a job after college:

Meeting the real world

There are a lot of challenges to face when transitioning from a student into the work world, but the major issue lies in the fact that college education doesn’t prepare an individual for real life. Sure, you have the knowledge under your belt from school, but getting and holding a job in the field requires an entirely different set of skills.

In college, you can make mistakes, speak with a teacher and retake the test, prepare additional assignments and that’s it! In real life you will be making hundreds of mistakes and you’ll have no possibility to fix them without consequences. Professors are there to help you succeed, so they are more likely to put up with more than an employer, who has hired you to do a job that meets their professional needs.

Pressure

Lack of maturity is a major downfall for new graduates. Students who haven’t had a taste of the working world may not have a sense of what real responsibility means. This means fresh college graduates may not be able to deal with the daily demands of a job, being told what to do and being expected to do it.

What’s more, when the pressure mounts, they may resort to acting like a child when they don’t get there way. Why? Likely because they haven’t had to deal with authority figures besides their parents and profs, who don’t put the same demands on you as an employer might. This may also cause fresh grads to give up on their job search when things don’t go their way.

Act your age and understand that while things may have been lined up for you during your years of study, in the real world everything isn’t always going to go as planned and there will be times when you face adversary. Handle it like the adult you are!

Poor Image

Poor self-image is a widespread problem for graduates looking for a job after college. Most students haven’t figured out how to represent themselves in the best way, both on and offline, highlighting their strengths and masking weaknesses.

It’s common for potential employers and recruiters to Google candidates to suss out their social media presence, so if you want to look professional, you may want to remove those photos of you doing a keg stand at the last frat party. Sure, most employers will understand that workers have a social life outside of work, but they want to ensure they hire the best people possible to represent their company. Google yourself and clean up your social media accounts before you start applying!

Inflated expectations

Down-to-earth thinking can be an issue for new graduates, as they may believe that they are entitled to their dream job just because they’ve gone to school for years for it. However, this is not the case at all and it’s a hard reality to face if you’ve got inflated expectations.

Realizing that there are many other factors that go into the hiring process that exceed further than your college credentials will have bring you back down to earth, so you can focus on the rest of the package.

Lack of experience

Last, but not least is a lack of professional experience. When students finish their studies, it’s unlikely that they’ve had had enough time to gain experience in the field – meaning it’s less likely for them to get the desired job compared to a person that is more qualified.

It can be truly challenging, but the best way to find a job after college education is to be open for new experience and be hard-working and motivated enough to make your own decisions. A great way to gain experience is to complete an internship, as it will increase your chances to be hired for a full-time position.

Getting your first job after university is a huge move into a life of adults – where you’re responsible for your own actions, have to count on yourself and take risks. It’s a hell of a task to live through all the job interviews, meet the expectations of choosy bosses and high job requirements. So you’ve got to be stress-resistant, flexible and attentive to details. Remember, that first job is the first step on your professional ladder, so plant your foot firmly.

To sum it up, it’s appropriate to say that finding your first job after post-secondary education is a really complex task, but it’s up to you! It’s you who defines your future path in life and it’s you who is able to challenge yourself every day and make yourself stronger, smarter and, most importantly, happier! Remember, that it’s not the job you live for, it’s life you work for!

Gender Equality in Career

Workplace still has barriers associated with bias and status level. They need to face the problem gender stereotypes. Gender stereotypes are belief that one holds about the characteristics and traits of women and men. In essence,gender stereotyping promotes the belief that women should be traditionally feminine and men are to be traditionally masculine. Such as in the corporate world, women have difficulty achieving leadership role. It appears that women continue to be viewed as strong in personal and family roles and not meant to assume leadership role. This so-called glass ceiling is the invisible barrier that blocks women from high-level position.

I was going through some job advert and they were specifying job posts on gender basis. Some posts were specifically for men while others were specifically for the ladies. It got me thinking, in this time and era there is still issues with gender. For instance, the technical field the girl child are countable. If only this could be worked on.

I don’t have a magic wand that can solve the gender disparity problem, but I do see a couple of ways :

  • Show the options available: Students in high school and college don’t see a career path in some fields because no one has shown them the possibilities. We need to get better at communicating different job roles and career paths. Taking the time to explain these jobs, how they translate into a profession that has upward mobility opportunities, what qualifications are needed and the compensation that they should expect (and demand!) will go a long way.
  • Address social pressure or gender stereotypes early on: Many schools still offer gender-specific activities, and it’s difficult for them to show an interest in some fields as it’s stereotyped to may be a specific gender .
  • Explore alternative opportunities: If schools can’t offer suitable programs to curb gender equality in careers, look to say local government for after-school education programs. Find ways to partner your company with other businesses, schools and community organizations that focus on this issue. There are some great programs out there that have been created to aim at inspiring interest in gender equality in careers.