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Charismatic and driven, CEO Ruth Carter speaks to us about the moments that formed her career and shares frank advice about climbing the career ladder. Here’s how you can follow in Ruth’s footsteps and become a leader.
Share your achievements
While working hard is commendable, those who are keen to progress will tell people about their abilities. So, why not be your own cheerleader and speak up about your efforts?
‘I can’t thank the FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards enough, it’s been a fantastic year. We need more programmes like this to get people into the industry.’ - 2014 winner Rachel Garlick, HGV Driver, DHL
The everywomanWorld series hops onto the island of Mauritius, where we chatted with Electrical Engineer, Nawsheen Duffaydar, 28, about her working life at Arup SIGMA, the global consultancy of designers, planners and engineers behind structures like the Sydney Opera House, Pompidou Centre (Paris) and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium.
In the beginning:
At this time of year many of us are making lists of all the things we intend to achieve over the coming 12 months, with goals around self-improvement and education featuring ahead of diet, health, money and relationship-related resolutions[i]. But if goal-setting is a common feature of your New Year, it’s possible you’ll have an even longer list of previous goals that fell by the wayside when the going got tough.
If you’ve already completed our January workbook Risk Taking For Greater Success (log in to access) you may already be chomping at the bit to try out your newfound risk-taking abilities in the real world.
We all use a variety of different thinking styles in our working lives, but often we have a dominant approach, or know someone whose own modus operandi seems to be completely at odds with our own.
Understanding your own thinking style, and those of others, can be enormously beneficial for working in tandem with or complementing the opposing styles of colleagues.
You’ve spoken – and we’ve listened! Over the past year, you’ve told us what you’re looking for to help your career development, so now it’s time to put a plan in place and ensure 2015 brings you the successes you deserve.
How comfortable are you singing your own praises? What’s your typical reaction to workplace stress? Do you feel there’s an obvious ‘next step’ for your career within your current organisation?
When it comes to handling your annual performance review, you probably already know that preparation is king. But how can you really take control of the session to showcase yourself to your line manager as someone crucial to the success of your organisation? Whether you want to highlight a problem, ask for a promotion or simply walk out with the best possible result, these tips from everywomanClub members will set you on the right path.
You’ve probably heard the often-cited statistic that men are comfortable applying for a job if they have 60% of the requisite skills, while women pass up the opportunity unless they feel they have everything the recruiter is looking for. We’re often so caught up in our weaknesses and what we can’t do, that we forget to acknowledge and nurture those natural talents that make us shine. Our nine-step guide to uncovering your worth shows you how can do just that.
Answering emails the moment they ping into your inbox, getting started on tasks the second they drop on your desk, jotting down your ideas as soon as you’re aware a brainstorm is looming. All strategies of a highly organised and efficient person, right? Not necessarily, say scientists, who having spent years warning us of the career implications of procrastination, now say that precrastination (the impulse to get things done as quickly as possible) is potentially just as harmful.
Thank you for being a part of the Network this year.
Whatever you’re doing over the festive break, be sure to spend some time focusing on what is most important - you. To help you get started, we’ve rounded up this year’s most popular features on the everywomanNetwork, to keep your career on track (and keep you entertained, of course!) as you prepare for a fantastic 2015.
‘Executive presence’ has become a term that’s synonymous with strong, charismatic leadership, and how we can get more of it is a question frequently asked by everywomanNetwork members, from juniors to senior managers.
In our demanding, deadline-driven, digital societies, avoidance isn’t a realistic tactic for dealing with stress. The working world is beset with all sorts of obstacles, difficulties and curve balls. Throw personal life upheaval into the mix, and overwhelm can creep up on us all too easily.
Does the early bird catch the worm? The corporate world’s obsession with early starts has certainly given rise to a supposed superiority of leaders who are awake at 5am, squeezing in a gym session and a conference call before the working day officially begins.
Toronto-born journalist, Denise Law, has racked up an impressive array of passport stamps and career roles across three continents, winning journalism prizes and contributing to readership records along the way. And she’s only just turned 27.