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A Successful Woman Starts with a Successful Education

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:39pm | by Guest Contributor

You probably have a woman (or women) in your life that is practically perfect.  She is smart, funny, put-together, and a super-achiever.  No matter what she’s doing, from planning an ad campaign to taking a product to market, or helping the kids with their homework and making sure they get three nutritious meals a day, she exudes success in every aspect of her life.  What’s more, she’s happy rather than haggard.  Most of us silently grumble about the blessing of a type-A personality while wishing we knew the secrets of success that these women seem privy to.  But the truth is, the keys to success in life can be attained by anyone.  Most women who reach their professional goals start with a good education.

Of course, there is more than one way to become educated.  Some women are simply not cut out for the collegiate path.  Many opt to skip the cap and gown (and the college degree that goes with it) in order to get a career underway.  They get their foot in the door of their chosen industry by securing an entry level job and then do whatever they have to in order to further their education in the field (so to speak) and work their way up the ladder.  They will likely have to work harder than the average college student to prove their value to any company that hires them, but they may come out ahead of their college-bound compatriots, at least initially.

Four years in they may be in a management position while those with a degree but no experience find themselves starting from square one.  On the other hand, a woman who chooses a traditional education and a degree will likely earn a better salary and move higher in the ranks over time, while those without a degree may find themselves stuck in middle management.  It all depends on the industry, the company, and of course, the woman herself.

But for most people a solid education lies within the public school system.  And this is never a bad way to go, for several reasons.  First and foremost, a secondary education will prepare you for the demands of the working world by arming you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your chosen field.  Further, it will show employers that you have worked hard to obtain these valued qualities and that you are dedicated to your career (not to mention willing to stick with the program).  In addition, hiring a twenty-something college grad who has gotten partying out of her system and had a few years to mature is likely preferable to a naive high-school grad, at least to the company looking for a reliable employee.

However, the best part of a good education is the coping skills it can offer for the woman seeking to enter the professional world and realize success in her field.  Communication skills, for example, are essential, especially in this digital era when a lack of knowledge concerning vocabulary, spelling, and grammar rules can easily lead to misunderstandings via email and text messaging.  Sure, every word program has spelling and grammar check these days, but a solid foundation in language can only help the woman who wants to do everything in her power to be a success.  So if you’re wondering what the successful women in your life possess that you do not, look into their education.  You’re likely to find the keys to your own advancement there.

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