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Gender can influence career success

Published: February 1, 2016

Gender is one of the most influential factors in career success, according to new findings.

Research published by recruitment firm Reed revealed that almost half (48 per cent) of women want to have reached career success before the age of 40.

A further one in three are hoping to earn their ideal salary by 35 years old. Some 2,000 people were surveyed as part of the study, which found that achieving career success is equally important to both men and women (51 per cent).

On the other hand, how they defined success varied from person to person. Men are four per cent more likely to want to be their own boss, compared to women, and were four per cent more likely to place importance on being on the board of their own company.

They were also two per cent more likely to place importance on running their own company.

Speaking about the findings, Tom Lovell, managing director at Reed, said: “With addressing the gender pay gap and the glass ceiling high on the political agenda, it’s particularly interesting that women want to hit key milestones earlier on in their career.”

The report found that men and women agree that 35 days of paid holiday would be a good definition of career success, while getting your own office is still on the list for almost half (49 per cent) of Brits, according to Reed.

The problem is that many people – particularly women – simply do not believe in themselves when it comes to success.

Mr Lovell added: “Interestingly the average worker says career success is eight years away. And more than half (54 per cent) believe they are not yet on the right path to achieve success.”

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