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Is Successful Career Only for a Man?

Saying that a successful career is only for a man would be like saying that a successful career is only for a man over 6 feet tall. Men and women of all ages, with all types of educational backgrounds have successful careers. There is definitely ‘living proof’ of that fact. In some instances, men are paid more for comparable jobs, yet there are times when a woman is compensated more highly. Unless the job is defined in some way as ‘gender specific,’ only individual qualifications, including education, work experience and availability should ever be a consideration for employment.

There are fields of study and areas of employment that seem to be dominated by men or by women, though they appear to be a mix of each in every job sector. There may be certain fundamental requirements that allow for a greater gender success, such as an ability to lift a certain weight or a job defined as ‘cocktail waitress.’ Certain women can lift great weights and at times, a man may convince the lounge to hire a ‘cocktail waiter.’

How much one earns by way of his or her job is generally defined by the job classification itself. Certain job titles carry with them certain salaries. Experience in the industry creates yet another wage bracket or salary range.

Most successful people choose a field of study that they love and can imagine themselves being devoted employees or very successful entrepreneurs for a lifetime. Primarily, it is the love of what one does that evolves into what is classed as successful. When deciding whether a successful career is only for a man, it is extremely important to define the word ‘successful.’ What makes a person feel valuable?

If you believe that men and women have equal rights, if someone asks if you’re feminist, you have to say yes because that is how words work.

AZIZ ANSARI

The job itself may be the real value added to one’s life and not the yearly salary. A woman or a man who raises children well may feel complete and valuable, while others do not always see him or her that way. Our success is subjective and is very hard for people to define. Happiness and joy may be success. Career fulfillment or money may equate with success. There are so many variables which go into just how a person feels about oneself.

There are various ways to “get ahead” in any field or endeavor. Education, dedication, interview techniques and presentation of skills via a well-constructed resume are all factors of future success. All people deserve to be successful and to see themselves through that mirror image.

5 Tips for a Successful Career

The politics and the requirements for having a successful career are changing in the wake of the Internet revolution. Certain things such as privacy and separation of the work and home life are not as important any more. Many more people are performing well in careers that have less to do with their college degree and more to do with their personal skill set.

Below are five tips for a successful career in the modern era.

1) Love what you do

In times of recession, employers want to know that you want to be there working that job. The worst hire is the person who is doing it for the money.

If you limit yourself to apply only to jobs that you truly enjoy, you will find that your selectivity will pay off with a much more positive response. Even if you do not get the first job that you apply for, this positive response will keep you going until you actually land one.

2) Specificity in your skill set is an asset

In past generations, people had to wear many hats. However, now your resume should detail your specific certifications and skill sets, especially when you are dealing with the IT industry.

Employers do not want to train employees any more. They want to know that you can step right into the position and do the job at hand immediately. In order to make yourself the most attractive to employers, be specific in your presentation of what you can do.

There are direct paths to a successful career. But there are plenty of indirect paths, too.

Clayton M. Christensen

3) Do not expect long term employment

You should begin looking for your next job from the second that you get your first one. No matter how good your performance is, the very task-oriented nature of the business market today means that an employer may let you go after a superb performance because they simply have no more need for your skill set.

4) Learn on the job

If you like a company and want to stay there, take it upon yourself to learn other aspects of the job and make yourself irreplaceable. You will need a great deal of self-discipline to do this.

The boss will not necessarily want to take the time to teach you other skills, but if he or she sees you taking this responsibility on your own, it will definitely be rewarded. This is really like looking for another job (tip 3) within the same company.

5) Learn the politics

The bottom line is that people want to work with people they like, especially in times of recession. Learn the internal politics as quickly as you can and find your place within it. Make it a point to make yourself likable.

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