Career counseling: what has changed (4)?

My final thought on changes in the field of job/career change in the past thirty years is one that grows out of the increasing diversity in the workforce. If you remember working in the 1970s and before, you remember well how some positions, some offices, and some organizations looked – well, they looked like people expected them to look, pretty homogeneous.

People over a certain age, over a certain weight or clothing size, some with regional accents may not have been hired or promoted once they got there. Race, gender, age, physical appearance, ability – these were often defining factors in the work one pursued.

It was hard to be the first – woman, person of color, older individual, hearing-disabled, or any other defining characteristic on the job. You may have felt that all people “like you” were being judged by your actions. That was a lot of pressure.

Have things changed? I believe so, although we have a ways to go. There are many “firsts” to go in entering or rising in an organization. But if you look around you on your job, I think you will see people you couldn’t have imagined there not many years back. Someday it will be commonplace to see people with a wide range of ethnicity and gender identity running for national public office, but we are only on the first step of that ladder!

This is cause for national pride as well as an incentive to keep advancing in the quest for a balanced workplace. We all gain when all segments of our population are invested in the American Dream of advancement based on merit.

What has been your experience in the workplace?

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2 Responses to “Career counseling: what has changed (4)?”

  1. Susan Vernon Says:

    Anne – All the stats say unemployment is up but when I look at all the 100K and 200K jobs posted online I wonder what gives?

    http://www.realmatch.com
    http://www.careerbuilder.com
    http://www.simplyhired.com

    So I’m not sure I understand why everyone is making $150K….very strange.

  2. anneheadley Says:

    Believe me, all jobs out there do not pay that kind of salary.
    It is hard to hear national unemployment figures and apply that information to your area. You may live in a recession-proof part of the country. Or your career field may be hiring at its normal pace.
    Everyone is most definitely NOT making $150K despite what you are reading!

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