We recently surveyed more than 2000 women about their ambitions for the next 24 months, and what they think could get in the way. Read the full report here.
No two women are the same when it comes to their ambitions.
But we can see some trends regarding what Australian women want from their careers, and what they believe could get in the way of them achieving success.
And with such trends, we can bust some myths and stereotypes regarding women and work.
We asked more than 2000 women across the country to share some thoughts on their career aspirations, to get a macro snapshot of what currently motivates women and identify some of the hurdles getting in their way.
Interestingly, despite ongoing conversations regarding what workplaces can better do to support women within their ranks, when it comes to the ambitions of female employees helping them might be simpler than they think: Just pay them more.
Almost 40% of survey respondents (39.14%) ticked ‘looking to earn more’ as one of their ambitions for the next 24 months. It came up well ahead of other options like ‘aiming to get a promotion (32.74%), and looking to ‘achieve better flexible working options’ (22.48%). But given a list of options regarding the obstacles women believe may get in the way of their careers, just over half (51%) ticked a ‘lack of confidence’, while 30.88% ticked ‘caring responsibilities, including children’, 24.43% ticked a ‘lack of employer support’ and 23.23% ticked a ‘lack of personal finance’. Other perceived and regularly discussed hurdles were ticked less frequently like a ‘lack of role models’ (17.3%), and a ‘lack of qualifications’ (15.54%).