The number of women that are doing unfulfilling jobs never ceases to amaze me. It is often when women get to their 40s and 50s and have spent years doing work that they are not happy with that they recognise the importance of doing work that is true to who they are and embark on a mid life career change.
I recently took part in a discussion on Resonance 104.4FM radio (www.resonancefm.com) called ‘Re-framing the Glass: Overcoming Barriers to Women’s Advancement in the Workplace’. Despite being in the 21st century where legislation exists to address issues of gender inequality, the issue of women’s advancement in the workplace continues to be a major issue. You can listen
Getting their point of view across in the workplace can be difficult for some women, particularly when there are strong personalities that seem to over power your every word. Some of these women end up being walked all over and taken advantage of.
When I was a child my Dad would often say to me ‘there’s no such word as can’t’ when I said I could not do something. At the time I did not really understand what he meant and thought that he was simply correcting my grammar, in that I should be saying ‘cannot’. It was only when I got older that I fully understood what he meant…
An article on the Mail online claims women bosses lack personality because they feel pressure to be super human. This is in line with a blog I wrote last week for We Are The City website called How True To Yourself Are You At Work where I wrote about women not being their authentic self in the workplace.
I regularly get approached by women in their forties and fifties who think that it is too late for them to change their career and pursue something that they are passionate about. My response to them is always the same, you are not too old to make a career change and to find something more fulfilling. For many women making a mid-life career change is something that they would love to do but don’t have the courage to do it.
The reported comments by former MP Anne Widdecombe in the Daily Mail this week that female MPs are not victims of sexism but are useless has fuelled a lot of debate. Ms. Widdecombe dismisses that parliament is biased against women and that both sexes are ‘roughed’ up during debates.
According to the Labour Force Survey Q4 2012, 40% of public sector workers are women aged 40 or older. We are all aware that there have been significant cuts in public sector employment over the past 3 years with considerable more to come.
A recent article on the BBC News talked about women finding success in their forties by starting out as entrepreneurs. The article talks about how once women reach their forties, they are confident to find their own path. The full article can be read here.
This is really encouraging to see as choosing to work for yourself can be very rewarding and fulfilling…
In my recent survey ‘Pursuing Your Passion at Mid-Life’, 87% of employed women said that fear prevented them from pursuing a career they loved to some degree or another.