The dust of my departure from my job on Friday still hasn’t had the time to settle, but within one day of being out of that place the idea of a new blog series was born. Working Girl. It just makes total sense.
For the last 3 years I’ve felt really alone. I’ve struggled to be noticed and taken seriously as a 20 something girl in a male dominated role.
I see a lot of posts over the internet like ‘It’s okay if you’re 20 something and don’t have a clue what you’re doing’. Now that’s great, but what about those who do, they know where they want to get to, but can’t seem to break through the many barriers that a girl of my age faces?
Sexism is something that is discussed on a daily basis. It’s also something that I didn’t think would ever *actually* exist in a workplace. That’s until you experience it first hand. Being young is hard enough, but also being a girl? You’re facing a sinking ship that isn’t going to survive.
To me it makes complete and utter perfect sense, your age and gender should NOT dictate how well you perform in a job and how intelligent you are. If you’ve got it, you’ve got it girl. We all know deep down just how amazing we are, else we wouldn’t stay and try and smash the hell out of that glass ceiling. Because it’s very much there.
Unfortunately, peoples attitudes will not change. It’s also not only males that can be sexist, oh no. It’s also very much something that is exhibited by women in high powered roles, usually older.
As we all continue to trundle along in our hamster wheels each day with the dream of making it out, we sometimes struggle, and quietly.
So, the idea of Working Girl is going to be there forever, for not only myself to look back on, but every other girl out there that questions their own worth based on other peoples opinions and attitudes in the workplace.
They won’t be guides or how to’s telling you how to live your life, these posts are going to be based on real life, raw work experiences, from a real person. Someone who has battled with a lot over the last 3 years, and which will also follow me on my next chapter too.
I wish I had something to cling onto and read when I was struggling, something to reassure me and tell me that I wasn’t the only one feeling like it. Or even just someone to talk to who understood.
Using my platform to do something like this is simply a no brainer. I’ve finally had the courage to speak up about my own experiences, some people think it’s a bold and ‘ballsy’ thing to do, but I don’t. There was nothing fabricated about the story, it was all facts, real life, why should I keep quiet about that?
Social media is as far from reality as truth these days, and I’m just not about that. I’d rather share my struggles in the hope to help at least one other person than pretend to be someone I’m not behind closed doors.
The series starts today and is here for when you need to drop by, it will be a regular thing covering a variety of different topics about the workplace. Let me know if there is anything in particular you want me to discuss, or send me a message for a chat. I’m always open to people who need to chat to someone who understands.
Being a working girl isn’t easy, but we are more powerful, talented and amazing than we know, just believe in yourself and the rest will follow. That’s what I did.
Now, Girl Boss the hell out of your week, we got this.