Top 12 Tips for Career Growth
Barbara Roberts was not phased a bit by her designation as closing keynote (or closing 'notes') speaker at Women in CE's career-enhancement forum on June 26. This is a woman whose life's passion has been to ensure that "women receive a fair share of the political and economical pie."
She staged her first "sit-in" in second grade, rallying for the right for girls to carry the American flag. And she's the woman who involuntarily coined the phrase "glass ceiling" when, during an interview for the New York Times, she mentioned that she felt like there was a glass ceiling and that it had been broken.
And she's the woman who began working on Wall St. just three years after "Help Wanted: Men" and "Help Wanted: Women" signs had ceased appearing, only to cause a raucous when using the "male" staircase instead of the one assigned for females.
So, Roberts, who is director of programs for the Lang Entrepreneurship Center of the Columbia Business School, the Women's Presidents Organization and Tiger21, a peer-to-peer learning group for high-net-worth investors, was more than poised to close out the day of female fellowship, where she reviewed the themes of the day and weaved them into essential takeaways for the audience.
If you think about it, you are probably the "first" at something, Roberts said. "We are everyday revolutionaries...To be successful, we need to continue to push for meaningful work in companies or build our own."
In that vein, Roberts detailed 12 essential points for attendees to ponder when escalating their careers.
1. Live With Purpose - You cannot have the fullest power if you do not know your purpose and work with people you like.
2. Write Your Dream Obituary - If you feel stuck in your career, write your dream obituary, which includes what you want to accomplish. Give up the pursuit of perfection because you will miss opportunities. "You cannot feel comfortable doing new things if you are pursuing perfection," said Roberts.