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

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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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10 Comments - Add yours!

Aimee Schoaf (October 15th, 2012)

Having it all means having enough time to balance work and life. It means enough salary to enjoy a few comforts. It means enough challenge to remember why we do what we do. It means enough reward to be proud of myself. Above all else, it means enough love to make up for the shortcomings of all the rest.

Lauren Brooks (October 15th, 2012)

As a soon-to-be college graduate, I think having it all would be to get a job where I not only feel valued, but that I enjoy. Having a successful relationship would also be great, but since I’m single I’m more focused on the job aspect of things because THAT I have to look for. I think to be able to go into work every day and it not be monotonous and I love doing what I do, that’s when I think I will feel like I have arrived. Hopefully by having a job that I like, it will not make me think about financial stress too.

Lauren Brooks (October 15th, 2012)

I also joined the Connect group on LinkedIn and really enjoyed a couple of the discussions going on!

Thanks!

Alyssa Murphy (October 15th, 2012)

For me, having it all is about how much happiness I have — not how much money I have in the bank. If I have a job that I love and look forward to every day and enough money to pay my bills and live comfortably, then I will be an extremely happy person. I’m not there yet, but believe me, I’m working for it every day!

Alyssa Murphy (October 15th, 2012)

I joined the Connect group. Thank you for letting me know about it!

Laura (October 16th, 2012)

Having it all – I think changes with age. In highschool/college having it all meant a high-paying job with corner office views and VP title. Now, as I’m turning 30…being content with myself, having a career I enjoy and close knit group of family/friends is ‘having it all’. Perhaps, as I age…being in love will mean having it all.

Vassie (October 16th, 2012)

Having it all … it’s a tough concept to define, and as we know, it has been treated differently in the public sphere through a variety of essays and career books. I could write an essay myself, but I’ll try to sum up my personal notion of ‘having it all’ right here. Here is the thing, I want to have the chance to always learn something new. Of course, I want to be very good at the next job I land, but I cannot envision my future without the chance to learn, grown and be challenged. If this means I have to accept lower compensation in order to have more flexibility, I will be willing to do it. Of course I want to have enough financial security to be able to provide for a kid or two, having children and educating them to be outstanding people is also extremely important for me. I would definitely take a break, or work from home, or accept part time work in order to pay attention to the children. If a job isn’t willing to be flexible with me on that then it is not the work for me. Having it all, is being a wholesome person and I think this encompasses professional and personal relationships alike.

Vassie (October 16th, 2012)

I also joined the Connect group to enter the contest for a Premium membership! I could sure use it, so thanks a lot for the chance. For contacting back, if my e-mail does not display, you could always @ me -@viivanova. Thanks!

Danielle Rice (October 17th, 2012)

Having it all means being able to choose what I want to focus on and being able to change my mind and choose different things as my life evolves. Sometimes having it all is a great career, sometimes it’s time with my family, sometimes its the freedom to travel on my own. It all comes down to choice and being empowered to own my decisions and choose my path.

Denise (October 18th, 2012)

Having it all means I have choices, ‘me’ time, and ample love and energy to give back.

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