I went to a wonderful panel event with the theme “Yes, I’m Ready. Getting Women to Believe in Their Own Career Preparedness.”, hosted by Leap.ai. Below are notes from this event & answers from these great female leaders.
How to decide where to go for your career
- Be open and follow your heart
- Do you feel you can learn something new?
- Do you really admire the person you will work for?
What is a good boss?
- Have trust in you
- Respect you
- Tough trainers
- Combo of mentorship & sponsorship
- Have a clear purpose
- Lead the team
What is a great hire?
- Focus and know what they want
- Passionate about being better, have the drive, great attitude
- If it’s an engineer, collaboration, communication, problem solving skills are essential
Growth comes with chaos
- Expect chaos when you grow
- Stay clear goal and step by step, don’t just execute
Life and work balance
- Check in with yourself to give yourself time to do things outside of work
- Have a great partner that supports you
Higher academic degrees
- Having a degree can be helpful for whoever values it
- You may meet great people who you nature deep relationships
What are things that help you advance your career.
- Diagnosis for a problems is essential.
- Willing to do things others are not willing to do. But there are a lot of low hanging fruits.
- Take time (e.g. maternity leave) to reassess yourself and look for the next level.
Resources to help you with career
- Don’t wait too long to get a mentor.
- Ask someone to be your mentor. But it may need some chemistry between you.
- Creativity inc.
- The Confidence Code
- Women In Tech
- Biography to learn from great people, e.g. Justice Ginsberg, The rainbow comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper
Things to hold you back from career & how to get away from them
- Be spectacularly good and make people shocked about your ability
- Be the change you want to see, don’t expect things to change or others to take actions for you
- Ask why people do bad things to you that way, what they assume
How to cultivate your team
- Goal setting is important
- What roles you are in
- Skills you want to learn
- Create a safe environment for your team to grow
Don’t apologize for things you don’t know or things are not your thing (e.g. football). It’s fine that they’re not your thing.