Advancing your career requires more than just hard work and achievement. Career development can be affected by any number of factors, such as your communication skills, organizational turnover and even your industry’s growth prospects.
Obstacles on the career ladder
While most workers aspiring to the executive ranks share common challenges, women need to prevail beyond distinctive hurdles, including:
Steps to take charge
To overcome these obstacles, it’s important for you to take the initiative to engage in active and ongoing career planning while recognizing that advancement can be influenced by other people. Make sure you cultivate support from peers, mentors, advisors, and advocates.
Make networking a priority and a habit. Create visibility for yourself within the organization and within your industry. Take the tough jobs others avoid. Raise your hand to speak at an industry conference. Work with your HR department to implement career support programs for women and minorities.
Finally, be prepared to change positions— or even organizations—if necessary for your own growth and advancement.