It’s been a while since I’ve done anything career orientated, so I thought that I’d get my act together and give all those career women out there something they can use.
As the saying goes, it’s not about what you know, it’s all about who you know. So the question is, how do you meet those people that will help you get to where you want to be? We meet people via our work and schooling networks, and you can add to them via online platforms like LinkedIn, but personally, I’m a big believer in the benefit of networking events.
I try to attend a few different events a year. Some of a social nature and others come in the form of technical training. Given technical training is very specific to your line of work (I’m an accountant by trade, and let me tell you, no one wants to go to tax or accounting standards update unless they absolutely have to), so i’m going to focus on social and motivational events that anyone can attend.
Is it just me, or are women’s business networks popping up everywhere? I feel like everyone I talk to has either joined one, is thinking about joining one or has attended an event. So why is there so much hype and are they really beneficial? In the past I was never really big on networking. I attended a few events but got turned off pretty quickly because of a few not so great experiences. A couple of the events I attended were on such a huge scale, I found that many of the attendees were there in groups and not really interested in mingling outside of those groups. Then at other events, some of the people I came across really put me off – arrogance oozed out of them and I really couldn’t be bothered with it. Continue reading
I knew there was a problem with the corporate world when I attended a tax update a couple of years back and there was a disproportionate number of women in attendance. Not only was the mix of attendees 75% male and 25% female, there seemed to be a huge age gap in the women in attendance, quite literally all the women were either under 30 or over 50. So it made me question, what happened to all the women in between?
Most data released indicates that there is actually a higher number of women than men graduating from university with business, accounting and law degrees. Further to this, there is always strong female representation during graduate intake at large professional service firms. However the stats also indicate that there is a decline in the number of females over 30 and in senior roles – directors and partners, at these same firms. So where do all of these female graduates go?