Why Not Me? How I stopped sabotaging my own career

  • November 28, 2018
  • Leah Thompson, student member-at-large

“Wow, this sounds like my dream job. I definitely won’t be applying.”

I used to self-select out of career opportunities, but I’m not the only one.

Women consistently opt out of being considered for opportunities, according to a Conference Board of Canada report called “Women in Leadership: Perceptions and Priorities for Change.”

There are perfectly valid reasons to opt out of big opportunities. Maybe the timing isn’t right. Maybe you have other priorities that you want to make time for.

I didn’t have any of those reasons, and yet I found myself opting out of great opportunities. I was declining to apply to jobs that seemed exciting, and missing chances to meet with people in my ideal practice area. I was actively undermining my career goals.

So why did I consistently let opportunities pass me by?