Editor’s note: In recent weeks, the PreparedU Project has invited successful and accomplished executives to share insights into how women can help themselves and each other achieve success in the workforce. PreparedU research gave young millennials high grades for their skills, and so now we turn to female millennial students for their perspectives on preparing for a career.
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Let’s not fool ourselves. Qualified women of today are unlikely to find themselves on the board of directors at top companies in Massachusetts. However sad and counterproductive, this is a statistical reality. Yet there are reasons to hope for strong and lasting change. Every year, the business world is held accountable and pushed forward by the annual Census of Women Directors and Executive Officers of Massachusetts Public Companies.
In the competitive nonprofit sector, charitable organizations constantly have to prove themselves and their relative merit, to the general public and to funders, just to survive. Some believe that this requirement to prove worth especially reflects what women in business do every day. And it may explain why many of America’s charitable organizations are (and historically have been) driven by female leadership.
Too often, millennials are condemned for their high expectations on the job, especially by the baby boomers who are doing the hiring. Younger workers want more family time, well-paying jobs, rapid promotions and raises, praise for their performance, respect from colleagues, and the chance to make a difference in the world. (I bet older workers want all that too!) Are millennials being realistic or are they reaching for the impossible dream?
Forthwith, some random thoughts prompted by Bentley’s PreparedU research … ruminations on gender and success, workplace skills, accomplishment, surveys themselves and helicopter parents — even as we begin to turn to “Millennial Minds,” which will move center stage next month.Traits traditionally associated with gender may be becoming less relevant, and even less accurate.
Sometimes good deeds do not go unpunished, and advocacy by women for women, sadly, may be one of them. Other times, good deeds escape punishment, as when women become top financial managers and investors reap the rewards. Good deeds can also leverage female talent in the form of partnerships that lead to highly successful businesses. This week’s round-up has the details.Women and Minorities may be Punished for Promoting Diversity at Work
There are three things that have been important for me during my academic career. If you’re a student, or know a student, maybe you’ll find them useful.Blend your serious and creative sides. I’m often asked why I picked my major combination — marketing and media arts.
They often get labeled by managers as self-centered, but if you really sit down and talk to millennials, you can begin to understand that they actually just want to get better at what they’re doing. This applies to their jobs, their families and their impact on the world. Simply put, this is an ambitious group of men and women.
When it comes to their careers, millennial women want the same thing as men: to be successful. And while the path to success may differ on some levels, the two sides are converging more than we think.
Something in Bentley’s PreparedU study caught my eye: About a third of business executives and recruiters surveyed disagreed that a college degree is a sign that someone is ready for the workforce.
One of the biggest fears that working women have always had about starting a family is how, exactly, they’ll manage to balance a successful career and child care — logistically, monetarily, optically, emotionally.
As the 11th employee of Waltham-based startup Care.com, reporting directly to CEO Sheila Marcelo, I had a front-row seat to the company’s early history and its mission to create a bias-free, progressive corporate culture where every single employee — regardless of gender, age or diversity — could thrive.
As we reported a few weeks ago, millennials now account for more of a third of the workforce, and are projected to comprise nearly half of all working Americans by 2020. Still, 66 percent feel misunderstood by older generations, according to our PreparedU survey.
There’s no set formula or clear-cut “solve-for-X” equation that can propel recent female college graduates to success in their careers, even though more than half of the corporate recruiters surveyed in Bentley University’s PreparedU research say that women are better job candidates than men.
There are lies, damn lies, and then there are opinion surveys. Well, it’s not really that bad. After all, Bentley’s Preparedness Study revealed some remarkable insights, including employers’ sizeable concerns over how unprepared the millennial generation is for the workforce.
Each year, more than 95 percent of Bentley seniors have jobs or are in graduate schools within six months of commencement. And Bentley’s Career Services Office is ranked third in the nation by the Princeton Review.And somehow they felt they had to do better.
During the course of adopting their son from Rwanda, Jessica Honegger and her husband met a group of Kigali women affected by the genocide who wanted to start new lives but were struggling to find employment. The couple seized the opportunity to crowdsource microfinance funding among a group of friends and sponsored the women through sewing school.
Females in the business world still need just as much encouragement and mentorship as ever, as Bentley executive-in-residence Toni Wolfman pointed out — with some staggering statistics about encouragement, mentorship, and skills/ambition perception from our recent PreparedU study — in a recent Fast Company article.
Editor’s note: In recent weeks, the PreparedU Project has invited successful and accomplished executives to share insights into how women can help themselves and each other achieve success in the workforce.
The reality that professional women face subtle biases in the business world has entered the public consciousness of late. A major Hollywood studio bought film rights to Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. A movie based on the gamble that the American public will come out in droves to see a fictionalized version of a powerful woman rising to be chief operating officer at Facebook.
Even as the PreparedU Project focuses on women in business, especially millennials, the topic continues to engage the media as well. In the coming weeks, we’ll round up some of the best, saving you time to further the cause of equality in the workforce — a true millennial value.Matt Lauer Continues to Show Chauvinism on Today Show
Millennials are rapidly becoming a significant part of the workforce — accounting for more of a third of all workers today, and projected to be close to half by 2020. Still, our PreparedU survey reveals that 66 percent of millennials still feel misunderstood by older generations. The media is trying to help, devoting a bunch of recent coverage and commentary to millennials. Here’s a quick summary of some of the best.
Editor’s note: Respondents to Bentley’s PreparedU study believe that men are more likely than women to have an entrepreneurial spirit (62 percent versus 38 percent). Even a majority of women felt this way. Yet, reports of successful women entrepreneurs continue to grow. What follows provides some insight into how and why.
When it comes to rising in the business world, women have what it takes in spades, according to respondents to Bentley’s PreparedU research study. Indeed, the study is one indication among several that job-hunting millennial female college graduates may actually have a distinct edge over male peers.
If you ever needed ammo in the war to get your spouse helping out more around the house, share this new study published in Psychological Science, “The Second Shift Reflected in the Second Generation: Do Parents’ Gender Roles at Home Predict Children’s Aspirations?”