Women are losing ambition as their careers progress, study finds

    By: Kelsey Vuillemot on Mar 20, 2017

    Claire Zillman writes, "A concerning new study about women in the workplace from executive search firm Egon Zehnder found that women feel empowered and ambitious at the office—but only to a point.

    Nearly three-quarters of respondents in the early stages of their professional careers said they aim to reach the top level of the corporate ladder.

    But then, the survey’s results seem to indicate, the so-called glass ceiling effect diminishes that drive.

    'Desire to advance to a top position declines at the senior manager level and above and drops from 72% to 57% as reality sets in about the challenges for advancement to senior leadership,' the report says.

    The same alignment occurs with age: Globally, younger women were more likely to say they wanted to eventually have a senior role—70% for women ages 18 to 22 versus 20% for women ages 51 to 60.

    'In a number of geographies, women start out with the world as their oyster,' Egon Zehnder’s Fiona Packman tells Fortune. 'Right out of university they’re ready to go for it,' but that feeling dissipates as their careers progress.

    The report raises more questions than it answers, aiming to provoke discussion about women’s career development. It also identifies troubling patterns that may contribute to the trend."

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    Released: March 20, 2017, 7:55 am
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