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Gender Representation Disparities in Various Career Fields

Why is Human Resources (HR) dominated by women? It’s been difficult to ignore how frequently this topic has been tackled in the past few years. After considering a number of articles (listed below), I’ve decided to add my voice to the discussion on internal drivers behind career decisions while considering the role of brain development. Indeed, when considering why there are vastly different proportions of men and women in various fields, more insight can be gained by looking beyond physical differences and paying attention to internal predispositions instead.

The Multi-Generational Workforce: Differences & Conflicts

A Baby Boomer says to a Gen X’er, “You should hope that they turn your job into a permanent career position so that you can stay here for the next twenty-five years!”

Gen X’er thinks, Twenty-five years?! Are you trying to scare me off?

It’s amazing how often I’ve encountered such difference in values. Some have argued that these generational differences are merely a function of age and maturity. That is, members of an older generation were more similar members of the younger generation way back when they were that age and, on the other hand, members of the younger generation would bear more resemblance to the older generation when they’ve aged in turn. However, I’m more inclined to side with those who assert that there are real differences between Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y due to differences in degree to which they were exposed to technology as well as the impact of major events during their formative years. Read more of this post

Keeping Up with Technology: Your Interest Level is the Limit

Recently, I was given this friendly warning: When you’re old and gray, you’ll see what it’s like to be behind the times and to be uncomfortable with the new tools and gadgets. As many of us can attest, this association between age and obsolescence is pervasive and rarely questioned.

Life experience, however, has shown me that the actual cause of not being able to keep up isn’t age but lack of interest. If we take the established age groups – Baby Boomers, Generations X, Y, and Z (the Millennials) and parse everyone in each group out according to interest level in new technologies, wouldn’t this provide a more accurate, fine-grained reflection of who’s ahead and behind on the latest technologies? Perhaps you’ll see where that aforementioned association comes from. However, aging isn’t the root cause of falling behind. Read more of this post

“You’re like that stubborn mule who moves forward when you want her to back up and backs up when you want her to move forward.” This was a recent remark about my contrarian mindset by a long time friend who is one of the few privy to my deepest nature. Indeed, I’ve often dealt with social pressure to go along with a group by digging in my heels and doing the opposite of what’s desired just because I find social pressure odious. I’ve managed to stifle this part of myself at work so successfully that I can’t think of anyone who would suspect that I’m not the “cooperative team player” type. Due to the social undesirability issue, it takes guts to admit this as bloggers like Bruce Byfield noted. However, as his blog post explains, when you dig deep and think about how weaknesses are also strengths it becomes evident that there really is an appropriate place, a role, for each and every person in the world of work… even if you’re not a cooperative team player!

Also, check out what these other writers have to say on this subject!

I’m Not a Good Team Player… And That’s a Good Thing

Why hearing “you are not a team player” isn’t such a bad thing

It’s Okay Not Being a Team Player

Off the Wall

OK, I confess: I am not a team player – at least, not in the sense that the expression is usually used around an office.

This admission is so burdened with nasty connotations that finding the courage to make it has taken most of my adult life. Nobody ever says so in as many words, but the implication is that something is wrong with you if you are not a team player.

In an office setting, not being a team player means that you are uncooperative, unwilling to make sacrifices for the sake of the company for which you work, and probably first in line to be fired. It suggests that something is deeply wrong with you, and that maybe you have other nasty habits as well.

In many ways, the usage reminds me of the admonition by a crowd to be a good sport. In both cases, the implication…

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