The New Gender Gap
The latest Todays Professional Woman Report from LinkedIn and Citi explores how women and men define and achieve success. To continue the conversation, visit Connect: Professional Women's Network at http://www.linkedin.com/womenconnect.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY The New Gender Gap The latest Todays Professional Woman Report from LinkedIn and Citi explores how women and men define and achieve success. Inspired by the conversations in Connect: Professional Womens Network -- the fastestgrowing LinkedIn group, powered by Citi Todays Professional Woman Report explores womens career and financial concerns. For the first time, the survey included men, which helped offer even more perspective on womens approaches to work and life. The findings suggest that the gender gap still exists, though not always in the ways we might expect. Women approach their careers with a healthy dose of risk and creativity. The average professional woman expects to have 8 different jobs over the course of her lifetime. When I dont feel challenged, valued or like there is room for growth, I begin to explore my options. I also believe that when you no longer support/agree with the companys business model or the direction they are going, it is time to look elsewhere. Andreana Salvemini, Lead Account Manager More women than men are employed in careers that differ from what they thought they would do when graduating college (45% vs. 36%). Women are also more likely to think that they will work in a totally different industry or at a different company in 10 years (30% vs. 19%). When you lose your passion for the business, its time to regenerate, recalculate or resign. Joann Wagoner, Managing Director While nearly half (47%) of women surveyed feel theyve achieved their personal goals and consider themselves successful, women are more likely than men to make several career transitions as they progress toward their goals. I have to be happy in my job 70% of the time. 30% of the time, its ok not to have the salary you want, the title you want or be in the location you want. But once your overall happiness about the job goes down, thats when I start looking for another one. Surya Santhi, Digital Strategist Women and men both want it all, but they define all differently. When it comes to defining success, men place more emphasis on marriage and children. 79% of men equate having it all with being in a strong, healthy marriage versus only 66% of women. And when it comes to kids, 86% of men factor children into their definition of success versus 73% of women. The number of women who do not factor marriage or relationships into their definition of success has nearly doubled (from 5% to 9%) since the survey was first conducted in July 2012. Success is composed of being successful with your work skills, your communication and your human relations. I am happy when I meet my goals -- the big ones and the little ones. Judith Knig, Global Marketing Women and men find common ground in their values and ultimate goal. The #1 most common word professionals used to describe themselves, regardless of age or gender, was hard-working. Finding the right balance between work and life is the #1 career concern for both genders, with slightly more men identifying it as a major concern (50% of men vs. 48% of women). Juggling family, work and time for myself has always been a challenge. I learned that I could have it all, but I couldnt have it all at once. Katie Schwartz, Speech Trainer Join the conversation! Connect: Professional Womens Network, Powered by Citi, is an online community on LinkedIn that helps women achieve the careers they want and discuss the issues relevant to their success. For more great insights from Connect members, check out the discussions: How Do You Define Success?, Exit Strategies at Work and Leading With Confidence. You can read LinkedIn and Citis entire Todays Professional Woman Report here. Visit linkedin.com/womenconnect for more information and to join the group! 2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMENS NETWORK 18 Photo Credits Cover: gpointstudio/Shutterstock Slide 2: afekung/Shutterstock Slide 3: TED Conference/Flickr Slide 4: afekung/Shutterstock Slide 5: TED Conference/Flickr Slide 6: afekung/Shutterstock Slide 7: Dell's Official Flickr Page/Flickr Slide 8: afekung/Shutterstock Slide 9: TED Conference/Flickr Slide 10: YanLev/Shutterstock Slide 11: afekung/Shutterstock Slide 12: afekung/Shutterstock Slide 13: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock Slide 14: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr Slide 15: afekung/Shutterstock Slide 16: afekung/Shutterstock Slide 17: Dell's Official Flickr Page/Flickr 2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMENS NETWORK 19 2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. CONNECT: PROFESSIONAL WOMENS NETWORK 20