When you think of a military assault course, you think about multiple hurdles and challenges. They are used to evaluate the weaknesses and progress of the team. Women also face an assault course in their careers. There are many challenges that prevent women from succeeding in the corporate world. Some of them are external while others are internal battles that every woman has to grapple with.
Today, we will look into the different aspects of the female career assault course and share tips on how to navigate them.
The Prejudice Obstacle
When women enter the boardroom, they are immediately graded based on how they look, walk, speak, and dress. The truth is, they often come in with a negative score already. But that doesn’t mean that this obstacle cannot be overcome. In fact, most women use this as motivation to work harder to disprove these prejudices. First impressions don’t have to last. You can change them.
The Predecessor Power
Every woman executive has defeated the female career assault course. They’ve overcome one hurdle after another. It is these women that you need to know more and read about. Before they reached that position, they must’ve shed blood, sweat, and tears. Knowing their plight will help you press on to continue pursuing your career goals.
The Sisterhood Secret
Build a sisterhood for the right reasons. Empower fellow female colleagues. Don’t tear each other down. Sometimes competitiveness gets in the way of empowerment. Because we want to get ahead, we unfortunately tend to bring down other women. A sisterhood in the workplace is powerful when used for the right reasons. Leverage your tribe and propel each other to success.
The Confidence Key
The new superpower is being a woman. You don’t have to hide anymore. You can speak up and be confident in your own skin. Many years ago, women will put their power pants on just to project the image of toughness and authority. Now, you don’t need to do that anymore. You can come as you are, armed with your knowledge and competencies—and conquer the corporate ladder!
The Worthy Winner
In overcoming the female career assault course, you need to know your worth. Women generally have the tendency to devalue themselves. You know your skillset, strengths, expertise, and experience. Ask for a salary or raise that is commensurate to what you can offer. Do not lower your value because you fear what other people will say. You will win the female career assault course when you consider yourself a worthy winner.
Women may have a lot of hurdles to overcome in their careers but they are all conquerable. You have more opportunities to stand out and succeed now. So seize them!
Learn more how you can apply these tips in the full episode of our podcast!
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