Career Management for Women
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These are exciting times for women at work.
Young women today expect to go as far as their ambition can take them. And further.
Like modern men, they don’t see themselves in a cut-throat competition to climb the greasy pole. Smart organisations are being reinvigorated and reinvented to be more inclusive, more dynamic, and more responsive to the diverse markets they work in, and the clients they serve.
The best organisations now work better for the women and the men who work in them – and they see the results in the bottom line.
You want to make sure that’s the bandwagon you’re on, and not a career-track that’s been stalled by
dinosaur attitudes, old-fashioned expectations, and one-too-many setbacks.
Despite the new business landscape, only 8% of women say they’re achieving their career goals.
What might be holding you back?
- You’re not getting “constructive” feedback? Women get critical comments in 88% of job reviews, compared with just 59% of men. Learn how to turn that around.
- You’re not getting the experience you need? Only 35% of women have profit-and-loss roles in the UK’s top companies. Position yourself for the opportunities you need.
- You’re not as confident as you deserve to be? 24% of women say they lack confidence. An understanding of neuroscience will help you change your mindset.
- It’s an uphill struggle with a family… No question: the expectations are different for working mothers. But forewarned is forearmed.
- You’re not getting the opportunities and rewards you deserve? Learn how to negotiate effectively, using the insights women have to their advantage.
There are plenty of courses and books out there, promising to boost your career. But are they based on evidence, or just catchy ideas?
The science of how our brains work is the highly effective weapon in our armoury.
How can neuroscience help in your day-to-day challenges?
Understanding the habits and shortcuts of how we make decisions, and what the brain finds “rewarding” makes it easy to work with those processes (rather than against them).
For example: why might it actually be more important to emphasise your potential than your concrete achievements? That’s to do with how the brain processes uncertainty.
Read more about the issues each module will address, and how you can tailor this online course according to your individual career challenges.
And if you’re a career development decision-maker within your organisation, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss our corporate programme.
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Create your business case for attending Brain-savvy Wo+man:
career management for women
If you have looked at the modules offered in Brain-savvy Wo+man and in your mind said, “That would help me, and “I definitely need that!” but are nervous to ask for sponsorship and funding from your organisation we recommend you put together a business case. A business case sounds difficult but it’s really just the rational and benefits to the organisation of you attending the programme: their return on the investment they will be making in you.
In reality, these are the questions any organisation should be asking before they spend money on training so pre-empting them puts you in a strong position. Whether you create a written proposal or just make sure you have answers to the points below will depend on your relationship with your boss and the level of formality in the organisation. However, we do recommend you write the answers down even if that’s just for you to get your arguments clear. There are four points to cover:
- How what you will learn in the training can immediately benefit your current role. You might want to focus here on things above and beyond the ‘woman’s issues’ like, getting better performance from a team, being more influential on behalf of the department, more confidence with clients, clearer about your career path and goals.
- The long term benefits the programme will have on your career with the company. Some areas of focus might be how you will gain an understanding of the latest thinking on motivation, personal change and inclusive leadership, and an understanding of your strengths and areas for further development.
- Create a summary of your research on this specific programme and why it’s the best option. You might want to cover the science based research which the programme is designed around, including how people learn and change behaviour. Our credentials in Leadership Development and our extensive business experience.
- Your willingness and plan to share what you’ve learned with others for the prosperity of the company
If you package the information well your boss should recognize a good investment. If not, then it may be time to find one that does!
Brain-savvy Wo+man reflection questions
These questions are designed to help you reflect on whether this is the right programme for you at this time in your career. We recommend you ponder the questions and note down your thoughts. Then leave it for at least 24 hours and come back to see how you feel and if any other considerations have arisen. The questions also cover practical considerations like making the time for the course.
Whilst the easy path is often to stay the same the rewarding path will be opening up to change. We want you to have every opportunity to be the best you can be and have a career that takes you as far as you want to go.
Are you considering this programme because you have issues with your career right now or because you want to be the best you can be?
- If you have career issues are there solutions suggested in the modules? Which modules resonate?
- If you want to be the best you can be which modules will stretch and challenge you?
What will be the benefits for your to do this programme?
- What immediate benefits will you gain?
- What long term benefits will you gain?
How excited do you feel when you read the programme content?
How disciplined are you at making time for your own development?
Have you thought about how practically you will fit the programme into your work and personal commitments?
How can you stretch yourself rather than making the default “I don’t have time.”
What is one small change you could make which will enable you to do this programme and gain the career benefits it will provide?
Can you personally fund the programme or do you want to get funding from your employer? If so the tool Creating a Business case might be helpful.
If you work for a charity or are a member of a women’s network check to see if we are partnering with them and have agreed a discount. We also offer discounts to employers who sponsor and fund a number of people on the programme. Email email@example.com .