When you’re hard at work during undergraduate school, it can be easy to disregard some of the adversity you may face once you’re out in your field looking for a job. If you’re like me, you have plans to grow into an entrepreneur upon graduating college. While determination, strong networking skills, and creativity are excellent traits to possess when launching a business, the society we live in also plays a great contributing factor to our career success.
I plan to be a woman in business, owning my own public relations firm or agency. As much as I wish my gender and even more, my race, didn’t affect how I will be perceived in the working world, I can honestly say I still look forward to reaching all of my goals.
I believe women have potential be excellent entrepreneurs for various reasons:
- Women who believe in themselves are confident, self-sufficient, wise and compassionate.
- We love connecting, nurturing and building; it’s in our nature.
- A woman with her head on her shoulders is most definitely a force to be reckoned with – a natural born leader!
- We will find ourselves with our backs against the wall and must push through hard times of adversity and obstacles, all while carrying a load on our shoulders. Somehow, we always seem to come out on top while leaving the men wondering, “How has she managed do ALL that?!
It’s definitely important for a woman to stay motivated and inspired during her journey of entrepreneurship. Luckily, there are various resources for women to use to support us on our journeys. There are support groups on professional social networking sites such as LinkedIn for women to connect with colleagues in specific industries we pursue. There are also national conferences that open doors for networking and new business opportunities.
No matter what field we decide to dive into, women are always available for mentorship and giving back – never forgetting the steps they’ve taken in the past to achieve the position they’re in today.
By: Ashley Osborne
Strategic Communication Major