Take a look around your office. What do you see? The answer is probably, “men”. There’s nothing wrong with the opposite sex, but sometimes you wish there was a woman who understood you in the workplace. It’d be nice not to have to fight for every little thing for a change!
More and more women are working for female-centric employers, which is a good thing if you’re sick and tired of male-dominated spaces. However, there is something to be said about going outside of your comfort zone, which is why breaking into a male-dominated career isn’t necessarily unhealthy.
For things, it might be your dream position, so you should do everything you can to realize your dreams. Secondly, it will also teach you things that you won’t learn if you’re around the same gender or people who share the same ideas. Here are four benefits of working around men for women.
You’ll Be Competitive
Competition is gaining a reputation for being unhealthy. It’s almost as if it’s toxic, yet this isn’t the case. Wanting to win is like striving to be better – you have goals to achieve, and will do everything in your power to hit your targets.
Working with men is almost guaranteed to spark the competitive fire inside you due to the setup of the office. Guys are less agreeable, and they’re happy to demand opportunities, even if they don’t deserve them fully. To compete, you’ll have to do the same thing. After all, sitting around waiting for your employer to notice you isn’t a healthy long-term plan.
It’s not about learning to be more manish. It’s about understanding the power of your competitive juices and putting yourself in a position where you’ll fight for your career. Otherwise, it might pass you by in a flash.
You’ll Earn More Money
The whole discussion about the gender pay gap is very complicated, so let’s not get bogged down. Instead, it’s healthier to look at your options across the board. Yes, an office job is nice because it’s cozy and warm and the work is quite challenging but not too demanding at the same time.
Of course, this reflects in your salary, which is a couple of grand shy of what guys in male-dominated industries earn per year. Tradespeople in the US earn a healthy $44,330 annually, or $21.31 an hour, on average. However, the top 10% can rake in $30,000+ a year extra.
The median household income in the US is $56,516, yet that’s two salaries combined. A trade job, a sector packed with men, can boost your earning potential enormously. All you require is a forklift certification and a resume and you’re good to go. You can’t click your fingers and magic a job out of thin air, but, thankfully, it’s a booming market with plenty of opportunities.
You’ll Always Be In The Hunt
Speaking of searching for jobs, the changes to inclusivity legislation means you’ll always be in the hunt for a role. You might not get it, depending on the number of people involved, but employers have to ensure their workforce is diverse. That includes minorities such as women, especially in male-dominated businesses.
This is beneficial in several ways, including the morale boost it provides when you are shortlisted for interviews. At least you get the chance to highlight your skills. Also, you can tweak your resume to stand out from the crowd.
For instance, a female applicant with a degree and solid work experience will be someone who recruiters spot right away. Any additional certifications will only cement the odds of landing a role.
You’ll Have A Thick Skin
The way men and women interact is different than when two people of the same sex converse. As a result, it’s easy to analyze a comment as a jibe or a trope, which can impact your confidence and self-esteem.
No one should feel insecure in the workplace, and there are rules in place to ensure bullying is eradicated quickly. Still, you can’t get sad or angry over every little thing. By developing a thick skin, you can let the small stuff wash over you like water off a duck’s back. The big things you can report.
This ability to evaluate what’s worth taking a stand over is beneficial in all workspaces because office politics will never disappear. Understanding how to play the game can help your career, so you might have chauvinistic, former male coworkers to thank for your progression up the corporate ladder!
You should work in an industry that you love as life is too short. But, if you do find yourself surrounded by men, remember these silver linings.