Category Archives: Career Advancement

“No Excuses” Monthly Guide to Transforming My Career

Count the number of times you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to be more intentional about working on your career. By the end of January, work and life have gotten so busy, you haven’t done anything. ‘My career’ gets pushed farther down on your to-do list.

Contributing to the problem is the fact that you don’t know what to do to manage your career, so you do nothing. Or, you sporadically try a little bit of ‘this’ and a little bit of ‘that’. How’s that working for you?

YOU make the biggest difference whether your career goes anywhere. If you’re not consistently, strategically and diligently taking action on your career, you’ll be disappointed with where you end up.

My best advice…don’t try to do everything at once. Your career is a marathon, not a sprint.

Make a habit of taking one step every month related to your career. Your progress is certain to compound over time.

What would those steps be, you ask? I’ve taken the guess work out for you. I created a guide to walk you through practical actions that you can take every month of the year…small steps that will make a big difference!

Stop the overwhelm, frustration and exhaustion when it comes to what to do about your career.

Click here to download your personal “No Excuses” Guide for Transforming My Career.

Print a copy of this guide for reference throughout the year. Adapt the timing based on the performance management cycle in your organization. You also can begin or pick back up anytime during the year…just go to the current month to get started!

Women of Color Navigating the Career Environment: Using Male Dominated Strategies to “FuelForward”

By: Vonya Hodrick & Vivian Blade

Published by: National Career Development Association (NCDA)

The article, Women of Color Navigating the Career Environment: Using Male Dominated Strategies to “FuelForward”, by Vonya Hodrick & Vivian Blade, originally appeared in NCDA’s web magazine, Career Convergence, at www.ncda.org. Copyright © June 2019. Reprinted with permission.

The career environment is complex, with formal and informal processes and networks, as well as plenty of office politics. Yet, professional women of color are missing critical relationships to enable success in their careers. These women must have influencers in their network to help navigate this environment and to help pull them through the ranks.

It is crucial for women of color to create and maintain networks to advance their careers. Women in general tend to have smaller networks of deeper relationships, choosing to primarily have people in their networks who share their value system as compared to men who view their networks more opportunistically, often as a way to advance in their careers.

LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company (2018) found in their major new study— with almost 30,000 employees across 118 companies — that women’s odds of advancement are 15% lower than men’s. For women of color the disparity in the opportunities for advancement is even greater. One reason the study cites is that women and men have very different networks.

Another reason is often that women do not have equal time to build and nurture these relationships. For example, women still carry a disproportionate burden of housework, childcare and elder care responsibilities, leaving men with more time to develop relationships on evenings and weekends.

Men also have more time for what researchers Monica Forret & Thomas Dougherty (2001) found in a landmark study to be two of the most powerful networking strategies:….

Continue reading the full article in the NCDA Career Convergence Web Magazine.

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