When a wife and/or mother decides to seek a career, she chooses to walk a very tight rope. Success or failure in both or either will depend on how well she plans. Carrying out those plans is crucial, however, and it is never easy. Many women do succeed at both, and the following tips may help those who have set such a course for their lives.
Impeccable personal grooming and a pleasing demeanor are important components of self-confidence. If a woman is not convinced that she deserves success, she will never achieve it; and conveying her confidence in herself is essential if she is to move up the success ladder.
Self-confidence can take a woman far, especially in a difficult work environment. If a woman is confident in her own capabilities and skills, she is much more likely to promote her own accomplishments and refine her skills for a brighter future.
Hone Your Skills
Once you know what your goals are, it’s time to start working on the things that will make it possible to attain them. For example, you must determine how to continue to learn new skills and improve old ones. The ability to interact with clients and fellow-employees is valued by employers and will aid in your upward climb.
The most effective advantage that any woman can have is her education. She should always take advantage of every opportunity that comes along to gain more education and to enhance already-existing knowledge by keeping up with current developments through trade publications, conferences, and professional courses.
Once you have your education in hand, don’t just sit on them – make them known to your employer. This goes double for any executive-level or graduate degrees that you may have earned.
Far too many women have stellar educational records, but keep them to themselves. The fact is that you need to make your accomplishments public. This isn’t bragging – it’s being smart and savvy about advancing your career.
Focus On Your Strengths
When it comes to your career, your focus should be on a particular area and you should concentrate on developing your skills in it. Enjoy your work, find your specialty and talents, and work on them, keeping your knowledge as the base.
The person who is unable to work to their greatest capacity is not a professional; instead, she is just an employee working for a salary. Always remember that you can never excel in a field that does not hold your interest and that you don’t have a passion for.
Enthusiasm is the foundation for all your achievements; and you will not be able to pass on your enthusiasm unless you feel it yourself.
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution’s Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.