↪ Off-Ramping from the Career Track
According to the Financial Times, the primary reasons women voluntarily “off-ramp” from the career fast lane is to care for small children or elderly parents. The Times reports:
The bottom line is that nearly three out of five high-echelon professional women continue to experience career interruptions that sidetrack them from traditional linear career paths, penalising their earning power, sabotaging long-term promotional prospects, sapping ambition and causing many to quit work altogether.
This presumes every woman’s goal is to maintain a linear career path and ascend through the ranks in her field. But maybe another reason for off-ramping is that many women are discovering this lifestyle —- or the job itself —- is just not for them? Flexible working solutions may help, but not if their availability depends upon a “legitimate” excuse such as a young child or ailing parent, and not simply working less as a lifestyle choice.