% of Women Earning College Degrees Far Outpace Men

% of Women Earning College Degrees Far Outpace Men

I know I’m biased, but isn’t she just too cute?

Did you know that more women graduate college each year than men?  And by large margins too.  Of the total degrees received in 2008 and 2009, these are the percentages earned by women:

  • Associates                       62%
  • Bachelor’s                        57%
  • Master’s                            60%
  • Doctorate                         52%

Source

I imagine these majorities will impact more than just graduation rates.

  • Corporate culture will likely flex to more womencentric leadership styles.
  • Policies supporting flex time and comp time may increase as companies adapt to balancing family time and work time.
  • On site daycare may become more prevalent.
  • And more.

In fact, I think if you take a good look around, you’ll find that companies are already adapting to the increasingly female work force.   And thank goodness they are paying attention.

As a working mom, it is critical for me to work for a company that gets it.  The it being that although I appreciate my employment and take pride in my work, my family and my children are my first priority.

That doesn’t mean that I choose my family activities over work activities every single day.  If that were the case I don’t know that I’d ever make it into the office.  But finding a balance that allows me to grow as a professional and still be actively engaged with my children is crucial.

Advice to Working Moms

The world is changing and there are plenty of companies that are changing with it.  There ARE jobs out there that allow you to have your proverbial cake and eat it too.

If you are a working mom, or a woman that thinks she’d like to have a family some day, fathers too!, I highly recommend you seek out an employer and a position that allows the following:

  • Flex time.
  • Comp time.
  • Ability to work from home as needed.
  • Manage/limit travel to not interfere with kid events.
  • Nursing/pumping breaks and rooms.
  • Good family insurance plans.
  • Minimum 2 weeks vacation.
  • Sick leave allowed to be taken to care for your children.

It also means that you have to take a look at the type of job you are pursuing.  If you are a working parent, or plan to be, then any job where you have to be in a specific location for specific hours is going to make flexing to your family needs more difficult.   Look for a job that you can do in a home office if necessary.

Typically this will involve computer work and/or phone calls.  The side benefit being that they typically pay more than administrative positions also.

Any other tips for working parents looking for a supportive career? 

This post was sponsored by Global Response a company that prides itself on being supportive of working mothers.  All opinions are 100% my own.

3 Responses to % of Women Earning College Degrees Far Outpace Men

  1. She is too cute for words. Is she imitating Mommy? hehehe Have a great weekend, and what an informative Post. Thanks for sharing. Very interesting.

  2. I was one who was hurt by continuing my education. I have a Master’s in Special Ed. It caused me to be pushed out the door because they can hire two teachers with a bachelors’s for my salary. In SC teacher’s have no rights and can’t get unemployment. Besides that I had a wreck on 9-11-11.A man texting hit me. I’m left with nerve damage, head, back ,and neck pain. I’m 57..Who’s going to hire me? Simple-No one. And I still owe student loans.I know your views differ-But that’s the REAL business world. Education is not a field anyone should go into.

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