Woman: Take Up Thine Space

Achievers are doers, Maureen Mbaka, CAS, Ministry of Kenya ICT explains that every day is an opportunity to become a leader, elevate others and take charge of your career. #HerNovation


Great careers are something every young woman wants, but great careers do not happen by accident. Being the writer of your own personal career development plan is about ensuring that you are developing your skills continually to stay on track.

The very act of building the guts to take a career leap shows that most people are willing to do what it takes to get what they want. So what could it be that is holding them back? Sticking your arm out and keeping your chin up to take charge of your career is no trivial matter. Whether that’s switching careers, going back to school, or even starting your own business.

“Be confident to take up space,” explained Mbaka.

This shed light on the young women in the room, that success doesn’t come from movement and activity. It comes from focus — from ensuring that your time is used efficiently and productively. Use your time wisely.

She continued “Your mindset should be that you can put whatever you put your mind to” explaining that “What if?” statements throw fuel on the fire of stress and worry, which are detrimental to reaching your goals. She further went on to reiterate that sometimes, young women are their own barriers to growth, warning young women to be wary of this.

Things can go in a million different directions, and the more time you spend worrying about the possibilities, the less time you’ll spend taking action and staying productive. Trusting in yourself is 50% of the process of career success.

Mentorship such as the HerNovation forum is critical to career development. The forum ensured that the audience was able to select mentors based on the skills, qualities and experiences they want to emulate in their lives. “I am very proud to be part of the HerNovation forum” concluded Mbaka.

For women, the more advances are made, the more opportunities there are to inspire and guide women in their careers.


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