There are women who wait and women who don't. Author Angela Priestley once fell into the former camp.
“I waited for things to happen to me rather than making them happen myself. It wasn't a matter of being lazy or unambitious but rather of simply believing the success I wanted and the things I desired from my career would simply arrive for me...”
Women who Seize the Moment addresses the common issues that many women face in their careers. In our society it is not uncommon for people to dislike their job but still work extremely hard. There is an assumption that we will get that raise, eventually, we will get promoted, eventually, I will get my dream job, eventually. Women who Seize the Moment reveals 11 steps women should take to stop waiting for these turning points and make them happen.
Coming up with excuses is easy, waiting to finish a diploma, waiting for the perfect job opening, waiting until you’re 25, 30, 35, waiting to get that industry experience. However embracing all opportunities is what will turn your career around.
Turning points are so important in shaping a woman’s career. Women still have so many challenges to overcome in order to achieve the success they want; you don’t wan to also be your own enemy. Society has certainly come a long way however managing the competing interests of caring responsibilities with paid work, conscious and unconscious bias in the office, and battling a male-based hierarchy of leadership style still exists in many industries.
In Women who Seize the Moment, Angela shares stories from women who've made the most of career turning points: those turning points they have created themselves and those that were beyond their control. They're the women who didn't wait to get the career they wanted, and still don't wait to get the success they desire.
Angela Priestley is the founding editor of Women’s Agenda, a publication for career-minded women. She has been a journalist and editor for ten years, writing about and editing publications on legal affairs, business, politics and technology. She’s a passionate advocate and supporter of making career opportunities more accessible to men and women, no matter what their life choices. She’s also a new mum and currently experiencing the realities of flexible work firsthand – learning just how much can be done on an iPhone while pushing a pram. Angela was born and raised in Sydney and studied journalism at the University of Technology Sydney, followed by International Relations at Macquarie.