A few years back, I was stuck in a career rut.
I was in a job that felt like it was going nowhere. I was working hard day in, day out, but I just didn’t seem to be getting ahead – and I struggled to stay focused and motivated.
I know I’m not the only one to have gone through that flat phase – because even the best of us fall into a career pothole from time to time.
So how do you stay motivated and inspired?
Well, these tips and tricks from some of Australia’s most successful women should help.
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1. Ita Buttrose.
She was the 2013 Australian of the Year, so she knows a thing or two. And before that, Ita had a stellar media career, as the founding editor of women’s magazine Cleo and the first female editor of an Australian metropolitan newspaper. For someone who left school at 15, she is passionate about girls’ education and believes women can do anything, in and out of the workplace.
She told Women’s Agenda:
“Never lose your curiosity; be well informed – start the day listening, watching or reading the news; always do your research before an interview; and never accept second best from yourself”.
2. Julia Gillard.
She was Australia’s first female Prime Minister and has always been a passionate supporter of women’s education and career progression. She told Brookings:
“Education policy was always the area closest to my heart because I knew from my own life experience the immense power of education to transform your future…I was fortunate enough to get a great education and it made me (who I am) …. if asked my advice, I would say always believe in your own power and strength to make a difference to your own life and the lives of others.”
3. Gail Kelly.
The super businesswoman is about to step down as CEO of Westpac. When she took on the role in 2002 she became the first female CEO of a major Australian bank and in 2005 she was named the highest-paid woman in an Australian corporation. Last year, Forbes revealed she was the 56th most powerful woman in the world – so it’s safe to say she has this whole career thing down pat. Here is some of her best career advice that she has previously shared with Business Insider Australia: