Celebrating International Women’s Day with career advice
From women, to women
This week began with International Women’s Day. In honor of that, we asked the women who work at Facet Wealth about the best career advice they’ve ever received. In the spirit of paying it forward, we hope you’ll find these helpful.
On Standing Up For Yourself
Negotiate for yourself. No one else is going to do it for you.
Never be intimidated. You’re being given an opportunity to learn, grow, or educate.
Be yourself, be confident, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
Be brave. Be bold. Ask for everything! Remember, your kindness and your empathy is what makes you, you. And you are awesome.
Know your value. Women are often reluctant to negotiate compensation and end up being paid less with inferior benefits to their male colleagues. Speak up! Always ask for more as part of the negotiating process (don’t be afraid to negotiate!). The more we value ourselves, the more others will value us.
On Learning and Growing
My first boss told me to find a mentor and learn as much as possible from them – especially early on in my career. He also told me to max out my 401K starting now. “You will never notice the money is gone if you start doing this now.”
Whatever job position you’re in, if you want to get to the next level, you should be focused on teaching and working yourself out of that job. No one is indispensable.
On Being Persistent
Stick with it. A lot of women put in the grind in the early years, only to not continue in their careers and reap the benefits of their hard work.
Begin with the end in mind. There is great power in reverse engineering solutions and staying focused on the desired end result.
On Learning What to Say
The first chapter of your career should be focused on saying “yes” to as many opportunities as possible and being a sponge. But, as you transition into more senior roles, you will often gain more value from being disciplined and knowing when to say “no.”
Don’t phrase things as a question or apologize for needing others to do work you depend upon them for.
On Judging Yourself
We tend to be our own harshest critics, so I try to see myself from the perspective of my sister or best friend and be a little more forgiving and less judgmental.
What valuable career advice have you received? How has it shaped your career and your approach?