Breaking the glass ceiling
A woman climbing up the ladder is usually faced with some stumbling blocks.
The fact that she is in a man’s world; working with a man is an indicator that she has to strive harder than him. In the quest to climb the ladder and come out shining and respected, she faces some hurdles placed by men to see if she can survive.
Along the line, she gets no reassurance from male colleagues, and even ideas she puts forward to make the company grow is often shot down, or passed off as one that came from a male colleague. She is viewed as weak or incompetent to not take decisions on her own.
Miss Ngozi Obiageli Okwudarue, a customer care representative at a leading telecommunications outfit in Nigeria, says she does her job well and takes pride in accomplishing assignments on time.
She also said she is hard-working and pushes herself to the limit. She doesn’t see herself as a woman, but someone who needs to get the job done. To break the proverbial ‘glass ceiling’, women need to take note of these few pointers to help them excel in their place of work.
Don’t make the figurative glass ceiling an excuse – Women mentally create their own barrier with the attitude that they can’t get beyond that final barrier. By doing this, they have succeeded in limiting themselves, and being comfortable in taking the backseat.
Have a strategic plan for your career – Many women have paved their own way by knowing what they want, fully understanding what it takes to succeed and going after their dreams. They know the height they will have attained in 3-5 years time.
Research, learn, pursue – Understanding the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for a position is just the first step. Take an objective look at how your own knowledge, skills and abilities stack up against what is needed. Get more experience or knowledge, so you have what it takes to be a successful candidate.
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