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10 Strategies Women Can Employ For Success At Work

Source | LinkedIn : By Varad Kamini

In a tête-à-tête with Kermin at BonneVie, I shared how women can take charge of their professional lives.

“Don’t expect anyone else to build the life you want for yourself,” says Varad. “Some genuine people will come along the way to cheer you up, but you must remember it’s your game. And you need to embrace it, to win it!”

1. Don’t blindly follow social script

“Women today really need to undo a lot of their upbringing, especially when it comes to being a ‘good girl’. That’s what we are taught to be, but in an office environment that gets you nowhere. So break out of the mental boxes society has prescribed and find a middle ground. You need to see yourself as a Changemaker and a Caretaker. Be tough, be kind, as the situation demands, and earn respect through your hard work. Gender is just a factor, don’t let it stop you!”

2. Take control of the reins of your life

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have a father who encouraged me to take life impacting decisions from a young age; he let me make mistakes and learn from them. Life isn’t easy for anyone. I wasn’t even a graduate when I married, and started handling my father-in-law’s business when I was 19. He passed away when I was 20 and I handled the business for a few years. Later, I branched out into the corporate world after pursuing further studies. It’s only when you step out of your comfort zone that opportunities present themselves. At one point I was working, studying, pursuing journalism, and raising two small kids. I was pursuing it all relentlessly. To achieve your career goals, you must keep challenging yourself. Eventually, it does pay off!”

3. Know your goals

“Know what you want to be and where you want to be. If you have a goal then you’ll find a way to get there. It’s okay if your goal posts keep changing. But you need to have them to give yourself direction. Initially, I qualified as an interior designer, and through sheer luck, I got a project with Emirates Airlines as a PR manager, and I fell in love with the job. Once I knew that corporate communication was my calling, I set out with a plan to get there. I worked my way up, raising the bar for myself with each move. So get thoughtful about your life! Define what you want and what achievement looks like to you. Create a kick-ass action plan and just go for it.”

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