Young women are now approaching their post-graduate life much differently than women in years past. Women are now outnumbering men with college degrees, and these ladies aren’t just getting their MRS. degree. With the workforce being 47% female, ladies are approaching their professional and personal life decisions much differently.
Their relationship status is not the end all be all of their existence. Choosing between love and a career completely depends on the individual's own desires and with this, I say to each their own. Just acknowledge all the pros and cons of each scenario before deciding, and who knows, maybe you can have both.
Luckily, the women of Generation-Y have the privilege of living in an era that has plenty of successful businesswomen, and these businesswomen aren’t just the secretaries of the office, they are the CEOs of major companies. So if you haven’t lost too many brain cells from popping mollys or living the YOLO lifestyle, take notes because these women obviously aren’t balling on a budget.
Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s youngest CEO at 37, was also Google’s 20th hire in 1999 and its first female engineer. She was pregnant during the announcement of her position and made it clear that she would have a short maternity leave. While she made time for family, she also takes her career extremely seriously and has accolades that some men can only dream of.
Indra Nooyi has been the CEO of PepsiCo since 2006. During Nooyi’s tenure, PepsiCo’s earnings remain high, while leaning towards a healthier lifestyle by acquiring Sabra Hummus and Naked Juice. But really, who doesn’t love Tostitos or a delicious Frito Boat though? Her resume ranges from positions such as Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning at Motorola, and lead guitarist in an all-women rock band in Madras, India. Indra Nooyi is a rock star and CEO of one of the biggest companies in the world.
I can’t tell you if these women gave up past relationships to pursue their career, but it is clear that they made sure their career was a priority in their lives. Whatever path they chose, led them to where they are today, and personally, I applaud them for their achievements. And if there were a man lucky enough to be by their side when they were jumping up the corporate ladder, then that’s just fabulous.
Ladies, this decision is completely up to you, and whatever you decide should be based on your priorities in life. “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you it doesn’t love you anymore.” Lady Gaga said it better than I ever could.
If you found a man that you know will love you every morning he wakes up, then don’t be afraid to keep him around, pursue your dreams and consider yourself damn lucky. If you haven’t or he’s just not the one, and your true love is your career, then keep reaching for your goals.
The great thing about building your career is that it leads to meeting so many new people and forming new relationships. Whether it’s new friendships or romantic endeavors, embrace them and add them to that chapter of your memoirs. When the timing's right, you’ll be able to write the chapter in your life that says you are waking up to your perfect job and the man of your dreams.