I work for a company that I loved since I was in my early twenties. I was thrilled when I was recruited to work for them. For over two years I've been trying to bring in more women into not just the organization, but especially my department. I was the only female leader in the entire department, and we have a high turnover of women in the company overall.
Last year, I blew the whistle on blatant favoritism and sexism. I spoke up to my manager, telling him that his biases really make it tough for me to succeed. I gave him specific examples where he treated the men on the team exponentially better and asked him to please treat me no different than them.
This backfired. As a result, I lost the promotion I was up for (he hired another white man into the role from the outside), he gave me a pretty mean review and a week after that, he took my team away and made me an individual contributor again.
I have won awards for my leadership. I have spoken at universities and various events on the topic of women in tech and I was always proud of being recognized as one of the strongest leaders in my industry.
Now though, I just feel beaten down and afraid of further retaliation.
I'm afraid to even look for another job, because I worry it's going to be no different elsewhere. I work for a very large media/tech company and almost all the women I've met in my space have experienced this treatment.
I'm torn. Should I stay and fight for the sake of all the young women that come after me, and switch to a different department, or should I just start looking? There are lots of reports from women in my industry with the same examples, so I fear it's just going to be bad no matter where I go.
My friend, who is a VP and executive coach, told me I needed to find my tribe - companies that use my unique strength for the good and don't weaponize them. What do you think?
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Rival at work.
I have a colleague who I work with collaboratively for his technical knowledge which is impressive. He has been with the company for over 12 years now, most of them in Europe. I am in Canada. He moved to Canada a year and a half ago after I had been hired as a manager in Canada. He does not report to me. He is to help me with technical knowledge only. He helps everyone with technical knowledge actually. He told me in a casual, friendly conversation he wants to be in management and moved to Canada to pursue a promotion. As he has become more comfortable in his role, he feels the need to undermine my efforts. He lies to me, he one ups me on our open TEAM board at work and scoops projects with my customers behind my back. He takes credit for my work too. He is popular because of his impressive technical knowledge and is extremely helpful to the team overall. He has kind of entrenched himself at the company as the technical expert. However, he is making my job miserable. He cannot travel outside Canada due to his visa restrictions so he feels the need to build his name and clientiele with my Canadian customers. The rest of the team are in USA and they rely on his expertise but he does not intrude on their customers and projects. He did tell me the other day he feels that my position is not needed since he does it and I should talk with upper management about my purpose. He wrote this to me in a TEAMS chat. I am at a loss as to handle him. Any advice?
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Looking for Clinical Data Analyst roles where I can grow and learn!
I was laid off in June 2023 and am looking for data analyst roles, preferably in the healthcare field. I have four years of experience as a business analyst on a healthcare product, and am looking to pivot into more back-end work with data. I have some training in SQL, Python, R, and Tableau from graduate school, although I did not use these skills at my last job, and am working on improving them through a bootcamp. Aside from the difficult job market, I have had trouble finding a company willing to take on somebody who is new to the field but absolutely willing to learn and grow.
FYI I am currently based in Northern Virginia but am open to relocating for the right job opportunity and benefits.
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How do you negotiate salary?
Would love to know your tips, input, and all the things! I've read a bunch of good advice on LinkedIn and whatnot... but I'd love to know what this community has to share! Also – how do you stay confident when talking about money? And more specifically - as a woman when a man is interviewing you. Thanks in advance ✨
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I would never dare ask a recruiter this when discussing a job opportunity, but I have a dumb question.... When you are interviewing for a "contract" position through an agency.... are you truly locked into the timeframe they state? If you find a permanent job during that time, can you quit the contract job?
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Ready to take your career to the next level?
Watch this video about exploring career paths when your head says, “I don’t know." Acknowledgement of "not knowing" is the first step towards a successful career! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2FLDPg3uV0
Remember, it's okay not to have all the answers right now, as long as you know how to move yourself forward and increase your clarity slowly but surely. A little progress can go a long way!
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Growing my resume!
Do you consider courses/professional certificates on Coursera to be valuable and/or worth the time? I have degrees, but there are some certifications that I feel would bulk my resume if Coursera is respected.