How to survive in a male-dominated industry

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I learned from a young age, after starting my career in the SA financial markets, which was then a predominately male dominated sector, that this was no place for ‘girls who weren’t prepared to put on their big girl panties’ and I soon realised that I had a hard road ahead of me to prove the skewed notion that, ‘men are daredevils when it comes to finance who like to take risks and that woman are too cautious and want security.’

What I have found to be useful so far in helping me succeed in a male-dominated industry is the following:

Mentorship, leadership, and motivation

As resistant as you might think you are, going it alone can be very hard. One of the most valuable assets to invest in is a mentor. Someone who understands the challenges you face and can help guide you through some of the normalities of the industry by bringing their own experiences and lessons learned. A mentor can help push you harder, highlight opportunities, and nurture confidence.

Patience, perseverance, and positivity

Maintaining a positive attitude, with a good measure of perseverance and the ‘patience of Job’ can stand you in good stead.

Networking and build up your contacts

This is a big part of the job in corporate industries let alone the financial sector. This is often done in environments which are not always female friendly but breaking through this barrier is necessary to embrace and learn from the challenges it brings.

Strength, structure, and confidence

The financial sector is a very result driven sector with no time to lose, you need to prove yourself and sometimes it's necessary to be a little-outspoken too. Being structured in your work environment, organised and technically strong is a key component. Having a good work/home life balance is a vital element to help earn you respect and recognition for a job well done.

Isn't it time to get excited about your financial independence? Wealth Migrate is hosting the Women & Wealth workshop on the 16th September at Radisson Blu, V&A Waterfront. Bring the women in your life, old and young alike. 

Redefine your relationship with money by joining us at the Women & Wealth event where our speakers will share their journey to financial independence and key lessons on how to create wealth.

Join us at Date: 16 September 2017

Venue: Radisson Blu, V&A Waterfront

Event start time: 08:00 for 09:00

Event end time: 13:30

Ticket costs : R150 for adults (18 years and older) and R70 for young adults (13 - 17 years)

You will receive a complimentary brunch, a R100 Wealth Migrate Investment voucher to start you off on your own journey and a special gift bag from our sponsors.  In addition to this, we will have an “on the day” competition where you can win an amazing prize for simply taking snaps on your phone.

More details below

 Bring all the special women in your life, young and old alike! 

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