› Are you a female professional looking to change or enhance your career? Listen to the voices of these female professionals as they tell their career stories in their own words:
Marriage and Family Therapist
As a woman, I have found that working within social services is relatively accessible. However, it was challenging to be a female working in a jail system in which my particular skills as a psychotherapist were not valued by the correctional and parole officers with whom I worked.
At this point in my career, I work primarily with female clients. I conduct individual counseling sessions with women or their partners. I help my clients answer questions about themselves, and find ways to develop better coping skills for the challenges they face.
I love what I do and I am good at it. Its is very satisfying for me to be able to help people conquer the challenges they face in their lives. Being a therapist is definitely my calling. I know in my heart it is what I am supposed to do in life.
The field of journalism is mainly a "boys club," and sometimes it's hard to make my voice heard in a news meeting where I am the only woman. I think it is unfair that my opinions and thoughts are easily dismissed because men consider females the weaker sex.
I get out of bed for work every day because of the amazing people I get to interact with on a daily basis. When I do a feature story on a person who would otherwise go unnoticed and they send me a thank-you card or express gratitude, that makes me feel like I've accomplished something and changed the world a tiny bit.
Government Library Director
I manage the day-to-day operations of the library. I prepare usage reports, train employees, direct work to be accomplished, plan and deliver training sessions for users on accessing databases, catalog materials and plan the budget.
It is very rewarding to work with a scientist to find research that helps them get a patent or make a discovery that truly makes a difference and affects lives.
Counselor at a Christian Shelter
I could not perform this job in a women’s shelter if I were a man. I do think my insecurities and thin skin create challenges in this line of work.
I want to help women find a better life. Substances, men, and babies do not meet their deepest needs. As I try to lead them to wholeness, some women open up with their life story or seem to genuinely desire to change which really thrills me. I wish I could make more women want to embrace change.
IT Planning Analyst
I speak and write eloquently and remain professional in all situations, which are admired qualities in a female employee. Some older men with whom I have worked are often skeptical about my ability initially because I am a female, but I tend to prove myself quickly by allowing my performance and efficiency speak for itself. Performing to the highest of my ability has impressed many in my workplace, and ensures that I am respected and always have a seat at the table.
In my role, I am a negotiator, project manager, coordinator, and am frequently called upon to 'corral the troops' to get something completed on time and within budget. I thrive in this environment.
I am not easily intimidated, and I have a lot of confidence in my ability. I have grown a thick skin over the years, and do not let a lot of the office politics bother me. I tend to stay out of the politics, and simply do my job, treat people respectfully, and go home at the end of the day being able to sleep at night.
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