Five Steps Of The Career Ladder

If you draw a salary and have some kind of skill-based access to formal work, planning a career is essential.

Women in white-collar jobs in the USA are fighting for flexible work and equal pay for equal work, while blue-collar women workers are hoping to get cheaper childcare and higher wages with better health insurance. Needs differ because women work in different conditions. In India, fewer women work than the global average of 50 per cent, especially in the formal sector. If you draw a salary and have some kind of skill-based access to formal work, planning a career is essential. Here are five steps to get you going.  

Know about the sector you work in. Knowing about your sector is really the first step in any career or work-based empowerment. Work environments and associated needs vary. For instance, working in manufacturing mostly involves standing for long hours and doing routinized work, whereas in the IT sector it means sitting on your computer and working odd hours. Each offers pathways to a supervisory position and value skills like compatibility, diligence, focus as qualities.  

What role should you have and what is your desired working identity. Answering this question will help you seek only that kind of gratification from your work. Whether it is entry-level work or a startup lp business – your motivation for work should be clear to you. There is no reason to justify to anyone whether you are plotting sherlock ambitious or colony aunty shrugs unambitious. While it is true that economies do better with equal female labour participation; you are not and should not be expected to carry any burden of values of work. The easiest thing in the world is for people who don’t know how you live or survive, is to tell you how you should.

Work should give you money, at least equal to the effort you put into it.  Remember that your education and your inherent assets - such as family, personality feed directly into your opportunities and occupation choices. Each one of these can be augmented with training. The new emphasis on skilling by the government of India means you should avail these and build your CV. 

Most girls and women have caregiving responsibilities. So ambitious or not, you should always…always try to make more money. So frequently assess if there is a way to increase your income and your position in the workplace. Don’t let the reasons for your employment impede your progress. Remember, the more you earn, the higher up you go on the work ladder, the better the returns and gamut of opportunities.   

Create space for your work life and in your household, in your relationships, and most importantly your mind. A number of women who have always worked in the Indian economy are those whose labour is discounted, like construction labour and farmworkers. Because no one else talked about it, their work became a thing that supported home and family. Something that required no time or recognition or accommodation. But even when economic necessity is why you work, it is important to value your work. Sharing work experiences at home with family and friends lets them know it matters to you. At the same time, it is just one aspect of your life.

Build caring sharing relationships with women in your world women in anecdotal data and in large labour studies note the unfair burden of care of the home that falls on them. It does get tiring to manage the so-called double shift after a while. In a study of secondary data that I did with some colleagues, we found that having another woman in the household reduces the incidence of disease for both women. The message here is that if you can have room to negotiate, the joint family household or the friendly neighbour can be great supports practically and emotionally. 

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