Kathie Lee & Hoda: Can Schooling Hinder Women in the Workplace?


Kathie Lee & Hoda: Women Who Do Well In School Fail At Jobs

It seems like hard work may not get you very far in the workplace if you are a woman. According to new studies, women who were overachievers while in school and worked hard to prepare for assignments may have compromised how good they would be at working when they got into the real world.

Kathie Lee and Hoda talked with two experts, Tara Sophia from Playing Big Women’s Leadership Program and Marie Claire Editor in Chief Anne Fulenwider, to see what they have to say about women in the workforce.


Kathie Lee & Hoda: Can Schooling Hinder Women in the Workplace?

Kathie Lee and Hoda talked with two experts about how schooling can hinder women in the workplace by teaching them to be prepared and not think on their feet.

Sophia said as she has continued helping women build careers, she started to notice that many of the women who were high achievers in school were finding the skills that set them apart in the classroom were actually holding them back in their careers. She continued by saying a career demands different competencies than what you would need to graduate college and many women have no idea that is true.

Below is a list of skills women in the workplace need to work on.


Women Need to Influence Authority In the Workplace

Sophia said in school there are different teachers who demand different things from each of their students. Students tend to get good at figuring out what each teacher wants and what they need to do in each class to get a better grade. Fulenwider said when it comes to the workplace, you not only need to please the boss, but you also need to influence and challenge authority in a respectful manner.

Women Need To Improvise In the Workplace

Sophia said it is imperative that women learn how to improvise when on the job. While you may have had time to prepare for a test in school, in a career there is often no time to prepare and you must think on your feet. Fulenwider pointed out that just being good at your job will not get you ahead.

Women Need To Be Risk-Takers In Their Careers

Sophia said every woman needs to learn how to take control of situations they are not comfortable in. She pointed out that in school you know what was expected and how the day might go, but in a career it is about taking risks and letting people know what needs to be done in the workplace.

Hoda said she agreed with this point, saying she struggled with herself to go ask for a raise and her own hour on the Today Show. But when she did, she got the job.

Sophia said it is also important to self-promote yourself. She said it can be hard for women because they don’t want to come off as arrogant but she said it is important to find a gracious way to let others, especially authority figures, know the great work you have been doing.

As Fulenwider put it, “make some noise.”

Women Need To Trust Their Instincts In the Workplace

In school you were taught to get all of your information from books, but in your career as you move higher up on the management ladder you will have less and less material to work from. Sophia said it is all about trusting your instincts and learning to trust what you already know.


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