THE CHALLENGES OF YOUNG WOMEN IN THE COOPERATE SPACE
Is one ever ready for a total change in routine? From the hassles of early mornings, the daily commute, and the unforgiving challenges of the average work life.
As exciting as it might be for a young lady getting acquainted with the cooperate world, it comes with its hurdles. Having to work with different characters and personalities in the cooperate space, though challenging, is very necessary for building essential skills to thrive in a different cooperate setting.
As a young lady being exposed to unfamiliar work tasks, having doubts about doing or accomplishing an assigned task is normal, but guess what? Through time, you see yourself getting familiar with these new assignments, gaining confidence in your capabilities. It is sometimes exciting but could get overwhelming dealing with the frustrations of almost impossible deadlines. Lucky you if you have an understanding boss, however, if the reverse is the case, good luck getting through with that!
The launch into the cooperate world will have an effect on a young lady’s social life. Therefore, having a work-life balance is vital. At times, especially with a heavy workload, it seems like there is no respite in sight, but hello, there are also days where the workload is rather manageable which is the little motivation you might need to get through the tougher. Taking it one step at a time and planning before kicking off can be used as a tool to tackle those tougher days.
In line with the 2021 International Women’s Day-themed #ChooseToChallnge, which aims to bring awareness to gender bias and inequality resonates closely with me due to my exposure as a young woman in the cooperate space. I have been able to experience first-hand the deliberate effort being taken by various organizations to contribute to the issue of inequality. For instance, I have been able to draw inspiration from the fact that in my current place of work 98 percent of the staff are female, contributing to females also holding decision-making positions and being represented at round tables “designed” for men only.
Solape Nathaniel and Oge Mohanye