I interviewed 22 Irish professionals (mid-20s to mid-60s), 17 women, 5 men. Answers are edited and amalgamated for brevity. I’ll share insights over a few blogs. Here’s the first question…
“WHAT DO YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN EARLIER IN YOUR CAREER?”
I CAN DO MORE THAN I THOUGHT. I should have put myself forward to be the boss. Only focusing on the quality of the work doesn’t mean you’ll get on. I see my worth and strengths, not just my weaknesses. Continued education is important. I’m more resilient. Resistance is normal, I have the courage of my convictions. I take opportunities as they come. I’m braver.
Learn from EXPERIENCE. Early on, I didn’t understand business, or what was expected of me. Empowerment and delegation must be underpinned with measurement. I make my case using data and analysis. I’m more patient. I’ve the confidence to ASK “STUPID” QUESTIONS. It’s OK to ASK FOR HELP – be open about things you don’t know. Don’t be afraid to SPEAK UP.
NETWORKING beyond my company is vital. You can’t do it on your own. I need the TEAM. People are willing to help. You build relationships before you build trust.
WORK LIFE BALANCE: It’s hard to balance work and family!!!
Next blog: “If you were to advise a young female colleague about career progression, what 3 things would you tell her?”
13th January 2021
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