Many women are looking to educate or re-educate themselves to enter the current job market. In these tight economic times there may be some tough decisions to be made if you are looking to choose an occupation and career that will provide ongoing steady income and financial security.

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My advice: Do your homework. Study the job market and the employment trends. If you’re looking to create long-term goals and financial security, you are probably considering a long-lasting career. These statistics will prove to be very interesting.

Spending time, energy and money on education to enter or re-enter the job market is a decision not to be taken lightly. You’ll want to study this list of the 30 highest paying occupations for women as compiled by the United States Department of Labor to see if any of these occupations appeal to you and fit into your long-term plans.

Here is a list compiled by the United States Department of Labor of the 30 highest paying full-time and wage earning occupations for women. It makes some interesting reading.

The 30 occupations with the highest median weekly earnings among women who were full-time wage and salary workers were:

1. Physicians and surgeons, $1,618
2. Pharmacists, $1,605
3. Chief executives, $1,598
4. Lawyers, $1,461
5. Computer software engineers, $1,445
6. Computer and information systems managers, $1,415
7. Physical therapists, $1,208
8. Speech-language pathologists, $1,184
9. Computer programmers, $1,177
10. Human resources managers, $1,170
11. Management analysts, $1,164
12. Medical and health services managers, $1,163
13. Education administrators, $1,137
14. Physician assistants, $1,129
15. Occupational therapists, $1,094
16. Purchasing managers, $1,050
17. Managers, all other, $1,045
18. Psychologists, $1,041
19. Registered nurses, $1,039
20. Public relations specialists, $1,034
21. Financial managers, $1,022
22. Computer scientists and systems analysts, $1,013
23. Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation, $1,013
24. Post secondary teachers, $1,011
25. Public relations managers, $1,010
26. Network systems and data communications analysts, $1,010
27. Marketing and sales managers, $1,010
28. Respiratory therapists, $996
29. General and operations managers, $972
30. Insurance underwriters, $970

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment and Earnings, January 2011, Annual Averages.

Many of the jobs listed take post high school education and/or learning specific skills. If you’re looking to build a long-lasting career, it may be time to decide if going back to school or taking specialized classes is something to consider.

As empowered women, I believe it is time to weigh all of our options and make the best decisions based on our future wants, needs and goals. Looking through this list is probably a good place to start.
 
 
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Over my twenty-five plus years of coaching women in business, I’ve come to realize the importance of encouraging self-development as way to encourage professional success. If you have trouble handling the day-to-day challenges of life, you’re going to have a difficult time handling the day-to-day challenges of business success.

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Here are ten positive and practical ways self-development encourages professional success:

1. Personal growth enhances the belief that you can and will achieve your BIG goals. Goal setting is vital to professional success. Add to your goal setting the unwavering belief that you can and will make this goal a reality and you’ve developed an unstoppable attitude of business success.

2. Personal growth gives you the ability to communicate with greater confidence. In the world of business, effective communication is everything. To be able to go to networking functions or a client meeting with the self-confidence that you can and will get your message across clearly and effectively is a huge professional self-esteem builder.

3. Personal growth leads to greater optimism about achieving business success. Optimism can turn mountains into molehills and molehills into a temporary inconvenience. Believing, without a doubt, in your ability to succeed and thrive is an important step toward creating long-lasting business success.

4. Personal growth helps you come out of your comfort zone. A comfort zone is like an invisible emotional fencing that can keep you locked into the same routines, habits and beliefs about yourself, your capabilities and your ability to succeed. Expand your comfort zone and you’ll expand your desire to try things – things that can potentially take your career to the next success level.

5. Personal growth nurtures healthy professional self-esteem. Healthy self-esteem is one of your greatest success tools. If you don’t believe in yourself as a worthy and deserving person, you will not allow yourself to go for your goals and achieve the success you want and deserve. Personal growth nurtures healthy self-esteem.

6. Personal growth gives you the desire to learn more about greater success. Jim Rohn probably said it best, “Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.” Successful people know the value of learning and growing personally and professionally.

7. Personal growth can counteract negativity. Beware of the dream-stealers – especially as you begin to succeed and reach your goals. You deserve a successful business career! Overcoming and counteracting negativity is a huge part of your day-to-day ability to go forward in positive and empowering ways.

8. Personal growth gives you the power to recognize and overcome self-limiting habits and beliefs. Belief combined with self-confidence work to eliminate the unconscious self-sabotage that you may be unknowingly doing to yourself and your professional growth. Personal growth gives you the power to succeed!

9. Personal growth allows you to enjoy the rewards of a successful career. Believing that you are worthy and deserving of success is a huge factor in enjoying the emotional, physical, financial and spiritual rewards of succeeding. Basically, you are giving yourself permission to enjoy and appreciate the rewards of all your hard work time and effort.

10. Personal growth allows you to be happy and content. Happiness begins on the inside and works its way out. Finding inner happiness allows you to find happiness in your work. When you love what you’re doing, success becomes easier and more enjoyable.

So what do you think, does personal growth and development support business success? How important to do believe personal growth is to your business success?
 
 
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Working smart in your business is about knowing how to keep the most important things, important. Smart time management, whether you work from home or in an office, begins by wisely using and valuing your time and energy.

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Here are five keys for making the most of your time:

1. Prioritize your personal and professional life.
According to American Heritage Dictionary, to prioritize means to arrange or deal with in order of importance. Important things are those things that will keep you going forward day-to-day in positive and productive ways.

Rule of thumb: Keep the important things, important. Prioritizing allows you to block out the distractions and stay on task. It’s about knowing how to stay focused on what is most important to you and your goals.

2. Distinguish between a must-do and a to-do.
This distinction is important because it helps you to maintain balance. A must-do is something that must be finished before you decide to go onto the next thing. Top priorities become your must-do’s.

A to-do is something that should to be done but isn’t vital to going forward – laundry, weeding the yard, cleaning the junk drawer, etc. A must-do has a higher priority and energy value than a to-do.

3. Focus energy on what you want.
Don’t waste precious time and energy worrying about what you don’t want. Have you ever wasted time worrying about what you hoped wouldn’t happen? You know, “I hope it doesn’t rain.” “I hope they won’t be mad.” It’s stressful and extremely time consuming to concentrate energy on the negative things that may never happen.

Focus energy on those things you have the power to do something about. Don’t waste time on things you can’t change or over which you have no control.

4. Do it now! Don’t procrastinate.
Procrastinating is stressful. Procrastination is often linked to perfectionism – fear of not doing something perfectly. This self-sabotaging mind-set will often stop you in your tracks and make a task or situation seem worse than it is.

Begin handling stressful situations one bite-sized piece at a time. Allot time each day for tackling those things you fear most. Each small victory can lead to greater self-confidence and with greater self-confidence comes the ability to work smarter and wiser.

5. Carve out blocks of uninterrupted time to work on the must-do’s.
Multi-tasking is fine but when you want to be most productive, focus your energy on one important thing or task at a time. When something is important enough to be a must-do, make the uninterrupted time to give it your full and undivided attention.

A key to remember: There are only twenty-four hours in a day. Working smarter and not harder begins when you consistently use your twenty-four hours wisely.
 
 
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I truly enjoy reading about the lives and accomplishments of women who see a cause or a need and do something to change a situation for the better. These are the wise women who have come before us and made a difference – some have acted alone and some created a worldwide movement.

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Can one woman make a difference – a woman just like you or me? Yes! I’ve found that one woman can make a difference when she believes the cause is great enough or the need big enough. Take for example the story of Nobel Prize winners Betty Williams and Mairead Maguire. Two women who did not know each and through a tragic circumstance became united by a common cause and eventually worked together to change a country.

It all began in August of 1976 in when Betty Williams witnessed three children killed by an IRA fugitive fleeing from police. Betty Williams was terrified by what she saw and decided to take action to end the violence in Northern Ireland and to help make the streets safer for the children. Within two days of the incident, Ms. Williams had 6,000 signatures from Irish citizens protesting the violence and asking for peace.

The campaign for peace carried across the entire country. Under her leadership, Betty Williams organized a march to the graves of the slain children. Protestant and Catholic mothers marched together to protest the violence in their country and the killing of innocent children. On the first day, the march was broken up by the IRA and the participants scattered in fear. Ms. Williams would not be stopped. She organized another march and 35,000 Irish mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters turned out to march for peace in Northern Ireland.

Betty Williams began working with Mairead Maguire, the aunt of the slain children, and formed an organization called the Community of the Peace People. For their efforts, Ms. Williams and Ms. Maguire were awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for their peace efforts in Ireland.

I’ll ask again, can one woman make a difference? We don’t have to win a Nobel Peace Prize to make a difference – we just have to find a cause or need that is close to our hearts. What can you do to support your community and change lives for the better?

• Help young and teenage children in need.
• Help out a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.
• Help clean up a city park or street to build a safe playground.
• Help out at a local animal shelter or start your own shelter for abused animals.
• Help the elderly and infirmed with meals or make the time to care enough to sit and listen to their stories.

Yes, one woman can make a difference – and it begins with you!
 
 
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