Source |Linkedin | By|Debbie Wosskow
With 2019 upon us, New Year’s resolutions abound. And while the annual pilgrimage back to the gym is a tradition still flooding our feeds this January, following a groundbreaking year for gender pay gap reporting, setting career goals is a firm trend amongst women in Britain. In fact, according to AllBright’s new research, 45% of women questioned said they’ll be investing more time in upskilling themselves this year, 37% are aiming to be more vocal about their ambitions at work, and 16% are committed to building their personal network in the workplace.
Feeling inspired? Here are three career-focused resolutions to help you go after your goals, and the easy way to fit them into your schedule, courtesy of the AllBright Academy – our free, female-focused programme helping smart women gain the skills, confidence and network needed to achieve their career ambitions.
1. Set Your Mantra: The Learning Curve Is The Earning Curve
Personal development is tipped as one of the biggest career trends for 2019 and beyond. Yet despite 8 out of 10 UK workers valuing access to personal development above a salary increase, according to new L&D research, it’s estimated only 10% of organisations globally have begun full-scale projects to give their existing staff new skills.
Are you one of the majority of employees without access to an upskilling programme, but keen to start learning? Or do you want access to the tools to help you start and grow your own business? The AllBright Academy helps women do just that, and we’ve just opened applications for our new cohort in February, the first of 2019.
A free, ten-week digital course, the Academy provides practical advice and support across two streams: Doing It For Yourself, aimed at aspiring or early-stage entrepreneurs and Smashing the Glass Ceiling, for women looking to develop professionally.
The course is entirely digital and content is released weekly, so all you need is access to a computer and WiFi. We recommend dedicating three hours per week to the programme, allowing cohorts to fit learning in around full-time work and other commitments.
2. Know This: Confidence Really Is Key
The studies prove it, self-esteem and self-confidence are key factors when it comes to success. Yet, oft dubbed ‘imposter syndrome’, there’s still a dramatic confidence gapbetween men and women in the workplace, most notably amongst those in their mid-20s and 30s. And a lack of confidence, especially in the 25 to 35 age group, is one of the reasons that women who want to start a business don’t.
AllBright is on a mission to change this. Our Academy curriculum shines a spotlight on building self-belief and resilience, from understanding your motivations and drivers to utilising your strengths and navigating your weaknesses; developing public speaking skills to finding your feet as a female leader.