The latest Today’s Professional Woman Report from LinkedIn and Citi explores how women and men define and achieve success.
The New Gender Gap
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Today’s Professional Woman Report explores women’s career and financial concerns.
For the first time, the survey included men, which helped offer even more perspective on women’s
approaches to work and life. The findings suggest that the gender gap still exists, though not always in
the ways we might expect.
Women approach their careers with a healthy dose of risk and creativity.
The average professional woman expects to have
8 different jobs over the course of her lifetime.
“When I don’t feel challenged, valued or like there is room for growth, I begin to explore my options. I also believe that when you no longer support/agree with the company’s business model or the direction they are going, it is time to look elsewhere.”
Andreana Salvemini, Lead Account Manager
More women than men are employed in careers that differ from what they
thought they would do when graduating college (45% vs. 36%). Women are also more likely to think that they
will work in a totally different industry or at a different company
in 10 years (30% vs. 19%).
“When you lose your passion for the business, it’s time to regenerate, recalculate or resign. Joann Wagoner, Managing Director
While nearly half (47%) of women surveyed feel they’ve achieved their
personal goals and consider themselves successful, women are
more likely than men to make several career transitions as they
progress toward their goals.
“I have to be happy in my job 70% of the time. 30% of the time, it’s ok not to have the salary you want, the title you want or be in the location you want. But once your overall happiness about the job goes down, that’s when I start looking for another one.”
Surya Santhi, Digital Strategist
Women and men both “want it all,” but they define “all” differently.
When it comes to defining success, men place more emphasis on marriage and
children. 79% of men equate “having it all” with being in a “strong, healthy marriage”
versus only 66% of women. And when it comes to kids, 86% of men factor children into their definition of
success versus 73% of women.
The number of women who do not factor marriage or
relationships into their definition of success has nearly doubled (from 5% to 9%) since the survey was first conducted in July 2012.
“Success is composed of being successful with your work skills, your communication and your human relations. I am happy when I meet my goals -- the big ones and the little ones.”
Judith König, Global Marketing
Women and men find common ground in their values and ultimate goal.
The #1 most common word professionals used to describe
themselves, regardless of age or gender, was hard-working.
Finding the right balance between work and life is the #1 career concern
for both genders, with slightly more men identifying it as a major concern
(50% of men vs. 48% of women).
Juggling family, work and time for myself has always been a challenge. I learned that I could have it all, but I couldn’t have it
all at once.Katie Schwartz, Speech Trainer
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