Top career advice for young women

Are you starting your career? As a woman you may be in search of some direction to help you reach your professional goals. Get advice from working women at the top of their field.

In their video, travel company United, presents advice from some of the top performing females in the organisation.

The video titled 'United - Word to the wise: Career advice from our women leaders' aims to help young women break through the glass ceiling.

Here are 5 tips from the experts:

Start where you are

If you are already employed do the best you can in your current position. “It's so important not to look past that job.”

If you can not deliver where you are, you will not be viewed as dependable or competent. Demonstrating excellence, even in the most menial tasks, will open doors to other work opportunities.

Earn their trust

Trust is an important commodity in business. Whether it's a client, colleague or external partner people are more likely to do business with those they trust.

In stakeholder relationships trust develops over time through conversation and interaction.

In order to build relationship you have to show people who you are and communicate your honesty and reliability.

Don't be afraid to be different

It takes courage to share a new idea, but your thoughts are a part of who you are and what you bring to the table.

Be bold enough to share your solutions because you never know which idea will mark the turning point in your career.

Tell people what you want

This is probably the biggest challenge for working women. History has taught women to be submissive and accepting and many find it difficult to express their needs.

Telling people what you want is not a sign of selfishness or arrogance. It is an essential element of communication.

“Managers and leaders are smart but they can't read your mind.”

Always work hard

It's a simple truth that hard work will pay off.

“If you put in the energy and put in the effort you will see the results.”

At the end of the day there is no substitute for working consistently toward your goals. If all else fails keep working.

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By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing