Women assume that professional power involves trade-offs and sacrifices. Late night working, travelling, insane work pressure – women assume these are the payoffs of a senior role because she has seen her male boss behave or work like this
Building a great professional wardrobe is a labour of love, particularly if you’re navigating your way back into the working world. Above all, it takes a bit of time to get comfortable in our professional skin, so to speak, and to transition from your casual everyday mum gear (and this includes your active wear!).
Our careers will command a large portion of our adult lives and yet very few of us will have a special folder labelled ‘career planning’!
Having a career plan and communicating it to those who matter will put you in the running for the
We recently asked some of our community members to share the best career advice they had ever received or their career mantra. Here is what they had to say:
Regardless of the challenges that motherhood or being a working mum has thrown at me, I feel more empowered than ever. It’s the feeling of accomplishment. I am a working mother who is devoted to her children but is also passionate about building her career. I have FlexCareers to thank for that.
I’m a part-time working mum so I’m in the office only a few days a week. On my work days, I’m in charge of the daycare pick ups. I’m going to assume you’re good at math and you’ve probably done the calculations by now, but what this means is that my time at work is pretty limited, tightly scheduled. And when I’m there I want to make it count.
There’s a lot of work to be done to address gender parity in the workplace. Many of the issues, some deeply ingrained in cultural barriers, are out of our sphere of control. But there’s also much you can do now that is entirely in your control to strongly position yourself ready for the leadership roles you deserve.
Chairwoman of FlexCareers, Rhonda Brighton-Hall, recently shared her top tips on how to negotiate flexibility at our recent FlexConnect event. Flexible working is not a privilege of working parents but for now, without it, many talented women will continue to be forced to stay out of the workforce. Flexibility is the way of the future for all, even violin enthusiasts!
There’s a few things we can each do – simple practical things – that will make each and every pay decision aim firmly at breaking the disparity.
There is certainly a lot of benefits to contracting or freelance work. However it would be naive to think it does not come without its stresses.
Insights from our recent FlexConnect event ‘Marketing yourself through smart profiling’.
As part of the 75 per cent of Australian mothers who juggle motherhood and a career I am always on the lookout for smarter ways to manage my time.
Women are amazing, strong resilient and capable of so much more than they think – but what holds them back is exactly that – how they think.
There’s often an assumption that a large career gap counts as a black mark, and in a competitive hiring market many professionals lack confidence and clarity on how best to approach their job search.
The first thing to do is to work on your confidence
Changing attitudes to work mean many professionals are demanding a better work/life balance. Having a personal life and having a career are increasingly seen as complementary, not conflicting, goals and it’s more usual for professionals to take time out.
All of these breaks in careers, are actually just life momentarily taking precedence over career. They all add something really cool to who we are, what we know, and what we can do
If you want careers and workplaces to change, make it happen. You can achieve the flexibility you desire in your life with these simple tactics…
Bored of the corporate rat race? Dragging yourself out of bed getting more difficult each day? Game face getting rough around the edges?
Plenty of people thrive in the corporate world, but it isn’t for everyone. There never used to be much of an alternative.