We Spoke To Three Women About What They Think About Career Ceilings

"When looking at comparisons between male and female respondents, the study noted that 34 is the age when the career growth trajectory declines for women."

The study also observed that females identify themselves as having ‘Hit a Career Ceiling’ more so than their male counterparts.

A recent study – entitled Future Workforce Readiness Research, compiled by Harmonics – has showcased the differences between Irish men and women in the workforce when it comes to career satisfaction. 

The research examined how the workforce is thinking in relation to their career now and their future intentions, finding that 42% have hit a career ceiling, feel frustrated or are in a toxic situation.

Alarmingly, one in five is actively seeking to leave their employers and pursuing a new role externally. This was highest for males (24%) in the 35-44 age category and for females (23%) in the 45-54 age category.

When looking at comparisons between male and female respondents, the study noted that 34 is the age when the career growth trajectory declines for women. 

In the 25-34 age category, 38% of female respondents described themselves in a career growth stage. This drops to 31% in the 35-44 age category and lower again to 22% in the 45 – 54 category. The study also observed that females identify themselves as having ‘Hit a Career Ceiling’ more so than their male counterparts for all these age bands.

Irish Tatler spoke to women in varying age groups in their recent issue to see how they combatted work/life balance issues and burnout avoidance. 

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"It's a really boring answer but the social media thing is so important," Indy Power of The Little Green Spoon imparts. 

"Especially for someone like me whose whole job revolves around it. During times outside of work, I really try to cut down. I try phone-free weekends, which aren't always possible, but really do help."

“It’s funny, for a lot of my clients, meditation is one step too far for them – but people are usually far more accepting of mindfulness," says Ciara Conlon, a Dublin-based productivity coach. "It’s really helpful to get rid of the noise.”

This, and a 6am workout, of course. “If I didn’t do it then, it would never get done!” 

For Melissa Weston, the Zalando marketing lead for the UK & Ireland, it's all about taking stock of the positives.

“I also think it’s always important to celebrate a job well done and bring people together following big projects – that way we can really support each other and build each other up for next time!”

So, positivity, a social media hiatus and early morning workouts. Oh, and photogenic pets also can't hurt. 

“Spending time with my miniature sausage dog Monty," Melissa also mentioned – his Instagram account @montythelongdog is well worth a look – "keeps me sane during busy periods.”

Main image by @jourdandann

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