Working Women: Braving The Challenges

Gone are the days when men were considered the bread winners and women were confined to the homes performing domestic chores. Nowadays women are earning their livelihoods by working in all fields and doing all jobs. They are working as HR managers, CEOs, Directors, Business Executives, Producers, Musicians and what not.

In countries like Pakistan where once there were only a handful of working women, there has been a phenomenal change in the attitudes of people regarding professional and career oriented women. They are now respected and valued contrary to the treatment meted out towards them in the past.

Trials & Tests:

Despite the acceptance of working women in the professional life, they still have to face many challenges when they opt for a career. Gender based discrimination, workplace harassment, lower pay scales and lesser growth opportunities are some of the issues that the professional women have to face when they start their careers.

These challenges take their toll on some of them and they retire from the professional world a bit too soon. But those who tough it out and face the trails bravely, succeed in their professional lives and are able to meet all their career related goals.

Road To Success:

If you are a career oriented women who is facing challenges at work, there is no need to consider giving up your professional life. While it is difficult to deal with the issues on daily basis, here are some golden tips that will help you emerge successful after every trail.

Self Confidence:

It is important never to lose faith and have confidence in yourself. If you do not believe in yourself no one else will believe in you as well. So have self confidence and make things happen for yourself.

Keep On Learning:

Getting a degree is not enough in today’s competitive climate as there are new technologies and studies coming up each and every day. You need to keep on getting educated in the new techniques that have been developed and should learn the skills needed to operate the new technologies being introduces in the offices. Not knowing something is not your fault but choosing to stay ignorant means you are willingly letting others take the opportunity that you are letting go off.

Internet Is The Key:

Nowadays internet has opened up unlimited opportunities for everyone. You need to be internet savvy if you wish to be successful in any field. Learn all that you can and keep surfing to increase your knowledge base.

Define Your Goal:

It is important that you set the goals for yourself and do your best to achieve them. Without setting a goal you will be aimless and without any clear sense of which direction you are moving in. It is important to set the goals and map a strategy on how to achieve the goals. If you do not have a set of goals prioritized, you might end up failing to gain anything after all the work and when there is no sense of achievement you are bound to feel disheartened.

Build Your Network:

If you wish to be a successful professional, it is a must that you have the right professional associations. If you have a strong network and you have the right associations you can give your professional goals a boost and be successful in your career.

If you have a strong network you can be appraised whenever there is a better opportunity for you and you keep yourself rooted in the job market. You can get the right recommendations and the best job offers as well. So if you do not have the right network associations start building them now and enjoy the support it can offer you.

Believe In Team Work:

As has been stressed in all the previous articles, team work is the most important thing that leads to success on a personal level as well as for the company. You should polish your skills so that you can contribute a lot to the team and create a positive image on your colleagues as well as the employer.

You should not always try to be in the leader’s position while ignoring what your team members need. Be helpful and take the time to guide and explain things so that all of the team members can be on the same page. This will help the team to perform better which will in turn improve your image.

Communicate Well:

You need to have good communication skills to be successful at any job and the sooner you develop these skills the better it is for your career. You can take different courses to polish your communication skills and get the best results.

Not only do you have to be a good speaker and communicator but you must also be a good listener to make sure that you are a good colleague and employee. In order to provide excellent feedback and good project results you need to listen to the directions given by your superiors and the feedback given by the fellow employees.

Meet Deadlines:

If you have made a commitment, you need to deliver on the allocated time in order to maintain your credibility. If you think that the work is too much to be delivered within the allocated time period, do not make a commitment.

The best way is to make a schedule and allocate adequate time to each project. Getting organized can also help you a lot with time management as you do not have to waste precious time in looking for files and folders.

The Balancing Act:

The hardest part for a working woman is to maintain a balance between personal and professional life. If you are unable to maintain this delicate balance, you are bound to fail at one end or the both.

Do not put all your energy into work while ignoring your personal life as it will lead you to a burn out sooner than later.

Concluding Thoughts:

While these tips are for working women you will find that regardless of your gender, following these steps can lead you to success in professional life.

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  10. I paritally agree with one of the comment about “How easy it is to survive in corporate world for women” but not completely. Its really hard but we need to be determined and have continuous process of setting the goals.The problem with women in Pakistan is not the external battle but maybe the internal one.They are not ready to take themselves and their careers seriously.They think that their only objective in life is to get married and have kids. I personally think its a great goal for any women but there should be continous process of goal settings in their lives both at personal and professional front. Alternatively,there should be some real change needed in the mindsets of Pakistani men to accept women on the senior management roles.They are really helpful when these women are working at the secretarial or lower administrative roles but when it comes to accepting women as their bosses, its really hard pill to swallow for men (I am not saying all but a majority of them). I would advise all the women to read MARY KAY ASH biography and her leadership principles and how she managed to build a company worth $3.2 Billion. Very inspiring and full of real world lessons. Happy learning.

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  14. Very informative article, nowadays the competition is tough for both genders but hard work is the only key to success.

  15. Good tips for the entry level women but there are lots of other problems faced by mid-career women e.g. Work Place Harassment, Unstructured and rigid working environments, rude responses from male colleagues , inappropriate management support etc which are needed to be addressed. Because these are one of the major issues that force women to quit jobs or switch their employers.

  16. ROZEE.PK’s guiding tips for professional workforce are really commendable. Besides, the tips for women professional are relevant and factual.

  17. It is very good to have such articles for Pakistani working women who are still facing so many challenges not only at their work place but also at homes due to their professional commitments

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