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You Might Be Surprised How Women Define “Having It All”

Women, it turns out, have different definitions of what it means to succeed. Citi and LinkedIn recently put out a study that looks at women’s goals as they relate to careers and relationships. And while you might expect that marriage and children would factor pretty heavily into “having it all” for women, 36% of those surveyed said that marriage wasn’t a factor, and 26% said having children wasn’t part of the equation for success.

Rather than marriage and kids, the women studied put more weight into having a healthy relationship (married or otherwise) as well as being financially secure as part of their journey to success. These were the main points women assessed to determine their success:

  • Having a strong, loving relationship (96%)
  • Financial security (85%)
  • Raising healthy and happy kids (73%)
  • An enjoyable job where they feel valued (64%)

And good news: a full 96% believe they can achieve everything they want both personally and professionally. It’s nice to see that women are confident about their futures. It goes to show that we’re no longer daunted by our gender or education level when it comes to achieving our dreams.

Does Age Matter?
Something I found interesting in this study was how the answers differed depending on how old the women were. Women under 35 were twice as likely to identify climbing the corporate ladder to the top with their definition of having it all, while women over 35 looked to owning a business as their goal. I wonder what those 35+ers would have answered had they taken this survey 10 or 20 years prior.

Helping You Have It All
If you’re like the majority of the women that were surveyed, you’re working toward having it all yourself. How about a little help?

Citi and LinkedIn want to help you achieve your own goals, and to that end, they have provided me with 8-month LinkedIn Premium Memberships to giveaway to five lucky winners.

LinkedIn Premium Memberships offer tons more features than the standard membership, like:

  • Allow you to contact people outside your network
  • Add personal notes to your profile
  • InMail (LinkedIn’s email system)
  • Priority customer service

Essentially, the Premium Membership helps you connect more easily to other professionals through the social networking site, which can aid you in finding a new job, getting a promotion, or identifying new vendor relationships.

How to Win
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment stating what “having it all” means to you. Share your vision with us for a chance to win. Make sure you leave me with a way to contact you if you win!

You can also get an extra entry by joining the Connect LinkedIn group. After joining it, come back to this post and leave another comment saying you joined.

This giveaway is open until Monday, October 22, 2012 . Winners will be selected at random and contacted on October 23, 2012.


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