There’s plenty of wisdom that you can get from not just 50 or 60 year olds but people who are much older. Yes, they have a lot to offer when it comes to career advice in particular given that they seen so much over the years. There have been just as many successes along with failures with these seniors. It’s something that we can all benefit from. Just for the record, their advice applies not only to younger women but men too, no matter which profession they belong to.
5 Important Career Insights To Consider
Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin certainly fits into this profile – to offer gems of advice to those who are but ‘younger’.
Here are 5 important career insights that she has offered recently, in an interview:
1: You Need Not Always Have An Answer
While men tend to lie even if they don’t really know the answer to something, this is twice as difficult for women to do. As a result, they end up looking like they’re not good enough and being judged for not knowing something. On the contrary, it’s a good idea to actually tell someone that you will get back to them especially if you’ve haven’t done your research. There’s no hurry at all. Some people will actually respect you for taking your time but providing them with the right answer.
2: Make Sure You Do Something Uncomfortable
Even if you aren’t comfortable with doing something different, you should still take the opportunity to do so. This is absolutely necessary if you want to do something substantial in Life. Just like in Madeleine’s stint in politics, the learning curve is going to be steep. But in facing this challenge, she rose to greater heights. This is something that everyone must realize and practice in their lives as well.
3: You Are Capable of More Than You Think
Madeleine, from her experience, believes that you should try to believe that you can make a difference. Also, know that your voice definitely counts too. With these two positive thoughts in mind, go about testing it. Of course, this simply means that there are times you have to take a risk, no matter which job you are in. Taking that first step will definitely count.
4: It’s Not Possible to Make Everyone Happy
This is one rule that people must keep in mind. It is impossible to make everyone happy. She admits that this is harder for women than it is for their male counterparts. You have to keep in mind that it is perfectly alright if not everyone will like you.
5: Don’t Worry About Your Kids
Like most mothers, when she was at work, Madeleine always felt that she should have been home instead to take care of her children. Of course, she also admits that children will need their parents especially when then are teenagers much like when they were little. Of course, she also adds that if she was confined and frustrated as a result of being at home, she would have turned out to be a worse mother than she was.
Regardless of your situation, you should find that these 5 career tips should hold you in good stead. In other words, these insights are applicable to us all even if the challenges that we face might not be the same.
So, are there any other career insights that you can think of? If so, feel free to add them in the comments section below.