When Will Your Career Peak?


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Feel like you're just a few years away from reaching the height of professional success? Think again. According to a new survey released by Citi and LinkedIn, the age that you think your career will peak appears to be a moving target - getting further away as you move from one generation to the next. What factors do you measure when determining how happy you are at work?

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When Will Your Career Peak?

  1. 1. Indicators of Progress for Women What would be the most significant indicator of progress for women in the workplace? of women said “elimination of the gender wage gap” 1/3 ...and 31% of women agreed Men were more likely to think that progress would be defined by the “end of the need for the women in the workplace conversation” CAREER SUCCESS There is no universal definition of career progress. 21% “finding a job that allows me to pursue my passion” 19% “a more flexible work environment” 17% a salary increase 17% a promotion to an executive leadership position PROGRESS IS PERSONAL Career and Financial Pressures Career pressures and financial issues aren’t the concern for women that they used to be. Women who equate success with “having a job that I enjoy and my work is valued” is rising (up 9 pts vs. 2013) $ Equating “having it all” with “reaching the height of success” continues to decline (down 5 pts vs. 2013) Concern for paying off student loans has decreased (down 11 pts vs. 2013) Concern for paying credit card debt has decreased (down 5 pts vs. 2013) Concern for saving for retirement has decreased (down 10 pts vs. 2013) Concern with work-life balance has decreased (down 14 pts vs. 2013) Women are gaining momentum 84%of women who asked for a raise last year received one (up 9 pts vs. 2013) 37%of women report achieving their professional goals this year (up 6 pts vs. 2013) TOP 3 are equally important to women’s satisfaction. Does money equal happiness? The relationship between salary and career satisfaction depends on your gender and generation. Career Satisfaction is: A “good salary” Women Men Making an impact on the world 58% 52% Doing what I love 52% 52% Being challenged 52% 47% 27% 32% Helping people 28% 32% $ $ Those 55+ were significantly more likely to equate career satisfaction with “doing what I love” Most professionals indicate that the happiest point in their careers was just a few years in the past: C’mon get happy! HAPPYST 55+: 49 45-54: 42 35-44: 35 Under35: 28 Men say 55 Women say 53 When will your career peak? 55+: 62 Men 55 Women 53 45-54: 56 Under 35: 43 But the answer varies significantly by generation. 35-44: 50 A national survey of over 1,000 men and women conducted by Citi and LinkedIn concludes that career satisfaction and success can be a moving target for many professionals. Here are highlights from the June 2014 Today’s Professional Woman Report. Your Career Satisfaction: End goal or moving target? } #ProfWomen For more on the survey, visit Connect: Professional Women's Network, powered by Citi at www.linkedin.com/womenconnect.