Although to many, an Oxbridge education may seem like something to be confident about, many female graduates who were surveyed revealed self-doubt in their abilities and reported entering careers seen as more female friendly such as publishing and teaching.
The same study also found that women were earning less upon leaving higher education than their male counterparts, because they were more likely to take jobs with a lower salary and were less likely to negotiate their first salary.
Commenting on the issue, leadership coach Anni Townend who authored Assertiveness and Diversity said that doubting yourself can be extremely limiting once in a job role, and could potentially prevent or slow career progression.
‘Some women lose out through not building relationships with colleagues because they are worried about being judged as not good enough,’ she says.
Whilst of course there is no one particular set reason for a lack of self-belief, generally women are more modest than men and instinctively want to be liked, thus avoiding anything which could spell confrontation or alienation.
If you feel like you are stuck in a rut at work and for one reason or another are finding it difficult to develop and progress in your role then it may be worth getting in touch with a leadership coach or a career coach to see what they could do for you.
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