Lack Of Career Guidance
Lack of career guidance and career goals
What goals? All too Often at the beginning of their working lives, women have not set themselves dear goals; or, in the case of many women over the past three decades, 'did not recognize I was setting out on a career'. Although the situation has improved over the last ten years, I still hear many women talking about their schools and the expectations (or lack of them) for the female pupils The family environment and the school careers advice often reinforced the idea that some kind of professional training (nursing, secretarial, teaching), or perhaps university, would be followed by marriage, homemaking and motherhood as sure as night follows day. What was rare was the chance to look beyond that scenario and consider the different options, including following a life-long career, of not necessarily getting married, of possibly not having children, of changing track if the first choice didn't work out, or of pursuing several different types of employment.:
The paradox here is that in 2000-2016 , when this attitude was still prevalent, there were plenty of jobs for everyone. As Beverley points out, 'One of the most significant changes from when I was at school and the present day is that we knew we could get a job. That doesn't happen now.'