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Women lack career initiative, iVillage study reveals

Wednesday, April 10, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Most working women aren't happy with their jobs, but are doing little to advance their careers, including asking for more money, a promotion or additional training, according to a recent study.

More than half (55 percent) of the 1,500 women polled in the iVillage 2013 Career Week Survey said they were unhappy with their jobs. The number one reason: they feel underpaid. Even so, only 35 percent have ever asked for a raise and even fewer, 22 percent, have asked for a promotion. Less than 30 percent have requested additional training and just 5 percent actively sought mentorship.

Nearly 90 percent of the women surveyed defined "career success” as "flexibility to balance life and work,” When asked about other characteristics that represent career success, an overwhelming 91 percent of women defined it as having job security and a job they’re happy to go to everyday. Nearly as many, 89 percent defined it as having pride in their work.

With an emphasis on salary, more women agreed that receiving yearly pay raises (74 percent) was more important than frequent opportunities for career advancement (61 percent). Seven in 10 said they would prefer a 5 percent raise over receiving two more weeks of vacation.

High job dissatisfaction has led to nearly one-third of American women online looking for a new job and another 30 percent likely to begin a new job search within the next 12 months.

Asked what makes them happy at work, the women most often mentioned liking what they do (69 percent), location and an easy commute (51 percent), flexible work hours (48 percent), liking their colleagues (47 percent), liking their boss (38 percent) and a good level of pay (36 percent.) Only 22 percent cited the opportunity for advancement.

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