According to a 2012 report put out by the (US) National Association for Female Executives, the percentage of female employees who participated in career counselling programs was particularly high; 38% to be exact. Their involvement “almost doubled” over 2011 stats. Many top companies throughout North America offer employee training, sponsorship and mentoring type programs and people within those organizations see the value in taking advantage of those offers.
When you are responsible for running billion dollar divisions there is always a need to keep your skills sharp and your career aim focused. That is not to say that women executives are dominating the top companies because they are not. In this study their own data concluded that “More than half the employees at the NAFE Top Companies are women, but they still make up less than a quarter of the corporate executives.“
Career counselling participation for Executive women can help shape not only their career or educational path but can support discussion surrounding issues like:
* Work life/ balance
* Flexible work schedule implementation
* Addressing grievances
* Provides solution based counsel; advancing learning and understanding of self
* Becomes a motivator to go beyond current status; embrace new roles
Career counselling is not something you engage in only in the first stage of your professional life. It should be incorporated throughout your career, as we all know there are decisions and circumstances that change our perspective on work and life. To seek out privately the assistance of a career counsellor or participate in company programs that offer this service, is most likely the best investment one can make. Competition is tight no matter where you see yourself on the career ladder, it makes all the sense in the world to go where the answers are to your success.
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