You may need to raise your expectations, ladies. At least when it comes to your career. That's what researchers are claiming after analyzing responses to a recent survey.
By Zoë Ruderman
Researchers found that when asked to predict starting salaries, female college students gave numbers that were on average 14 percent less than what men predicted.
And when it came to promotions, women assumed they'd have to wait two months longer than their male counterparts to get a bump in title.
It wouldn't be such a big deal (since hey, not acting entitled is a good thing), except that the professors who lead the study think those expectations could become self-fulfilling prophecies. "It's a bit of a chicken-and-egg-situation," explained Sean Lyons in a release on EurekAlert.org. "Because [women] don't expect to earn as much, they likely aren't as aggressive when it comes to negotiating salaries or pay raises and will accept lower-paying jobs than men, which perpetuates the existing inequalities."
Related: How Women Need To Ask For a Raise
So what can you do to avoid falling into this trap? Besides researching salary and asking both women and men in your field to give you a sense of how frequently promotions happen, you should check out this brilliant career advice from Mika Brzezinski, author of the new book, Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You're Worth. (As you can tell from that title, it's pretty much the perfect source for advice on topics like this!).
- 40 Ways To Survive Any Sticky Situation
- 4 Gutsy Changes To Make This Year
- 4 Career Tips Every Woman Needs To Get Ahead
- Wear This To Score a Promotion
- The Worst Job Candidates HR Reps Have Seen