As the world of work continues to evolve at a rapid pace, it's increasingly important for professionals – including women – to constantly upskill and stay ahead of the curve. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this trend, as many industries have had to adapt to new technologies and ways of working virtually.But upskilling isn't just about keeping up with the times – it's also about positioning yourself for future career growth and success. As automation and artificial intelligence become more prevalent in the workforce, many jobs that once required a specific set of skills may no longer be as in demand. On the other hand, new roles and industries will emerge, requiring a different skill set.For women, the importance of upskilling takes on even greater significance. Despite progress in recent years, women still face a number of barriers in the workplace – including the gender pay gap, a lack of representation in leadership roles, and discrimination. Upskilling can help women overcome these challenges and increase their competitiveness in the job market.So, how can women stay ahead of the game and ensure that they have the skills necessary to thrive in a changing job market? Here are a few tips:Keep an eye on industry trends and developments:This can help you identify which skills are likely to be in high demand in the near future. It's also a good idea to stay updated on the latest technologies and tools being used in your industry, as these can often drive changes in the way work is done.Invest in your education and trainingWhether it's through formal education programs or professional development courses, taking the time to learn new skills can pay off in the long run. Consider pursuing a certification or degree in a field that aligns with your career goals.Seek out mentors and role modelsHaving a supportive network of mentors and role models can be crucial for career advancement, especially for women who may face additional barriers in the workplace. Look for opportunities to connect with successful women in your industry or seek out a formal mentorship program.Don't be afraid to take risks and try new thingsEmbrace change and be open to learning new things – even if they may be outside of your comfort zone. This could mean taking on a new role at work, starting a side hustle, or pursuing a hobby that requires you to learn new skills.Take advantage of resources and support specifically designed for women. There are a number of organizations and initiatives that offer resources and support specifically for women looking to upskill and advance their careers. These can include networking events, professional development workshops, and mentorship programs.Upskilling is a continuous process, and it's important to make it a priority in your career. By staying current and investing in your education and development, women can overcome workplace challenges and position themselves for success in the new era of work. It's also important for women to support and empower one another, as building a strong network of female colleagues can be a key factor in career advancement. By working together and supporting each other, women can make significant progress towards closing the gender gap in the workplace and take the necessary steps to future proof your career.
This International Women’s Day, we are continuing to celebrate, uplift, and empower women across the world and their extraordinary achievements. Women are setting the scene for 2022, breaking boundaries in tech, banking, STEM, and male-dominated industries. However, we can’t deny that there is still a “glass ceiling” that limits the success of women in many parts of the world. What causes this? Is it fuelled by unconscious or conscious biases? Discrimination and stereotyping? Other factors that we may not recognise? In this fireside chat, four female leaders will give us the answers we need. Our women in technology panellists from IBM ,Jacobs, Experian and HubSpot will dive into the root of the problem and discuss how we can break through the glass ceiling that the modern career woman faces. We will learn how to recognise and challenge our own biases that can potentially be harmful while taking the necessary steps towards breaking these same biases. Speaker’s Info.:Tun Kim Ong, IBM GM, Manufacturing Solutions Sinead Giblin, Jacobs Asia GM & VP of People & Places Solutions Anjul Ray, Experian Head of Data Partnerships Madison Carmody, HubSpot, Sales Manager What to expect:Taking a look back at 2021: Women’s success and leadership stories, breaking glass ceilings Tackling the “glass ceiling” issue, who it affects and why it is a problem for women Identifying and challenging stereotypes and biases both women and men have on women in power, female leaders, women in tech/STEM Recognising and managing our biases in day-to-day settings Half the Sky's mission is to supply the tools that can give every woman the ability to build a successful career and be fully prepared for the future of work. So, that they can lead a healthy, prosperous and more balanced/blended lifestyle of their choosing. By building your confidence, you’re setting foundations to empower yourself and your career. The world is your oyster, and it starts with you. Enjoyed this article let us know your thoughts in the comments below:
It's the New Year and it's the perfect time for you to set some new goals and really propel your career forward. And yet, as we ask that question, many of you will be secretly moaning and worrying whether that really is possible. After all, you have to navigate office politics, what your manager wants vs what you want, what your family needs vs what you need, and perhaps even overcome your own insecurities to really push for your true aspirations. Do you even have the time and bandwidth to focus on your career vs all the other demands in your life? This start of the year workshop, 'New Year, Better You - How to Take Charge of your Career in 2022' will start to identify some of those concerns, leaving you with some tips and helpful tools to help you move forwards and to seize opportunities, in short, taking charge of your career - whether or not the challenge is you, your family or your organisation.Speaker’s Information Karen Kwong - Executive and Leadership Coach. Founder of Ren Organisational Consulting and Co-Founder of Corporate Wellness Partnership What to expectSteps to take charge of your career Identify your career goals and areas of concern Tips and tools for moving forwards with goals, seizing opportunities and overcoming potential hurdles
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