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Career Ambitions
Career Ambitions

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of women in the early stages of their career globally aspire to reach the senior/executive ranks of their organization. Ambition wanes at the senior manager level and above, dropping from 72% to 57% as reality sets in for advancement to the top. Ambition is higher in developing economies such as Brazil (92%), China (88%) and India (82%), and lower in the U.S. (62%), Australia (61%), Germany (58%) and the UK (56%).

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Career Influences
Career Influences

Parents are credited with having the greatest influence on careers globally, ranking in the top three across all countries. The roles of husband and father tie for third-greatest influences globally, highlighting the importance of positive male support. The only country to rank a professional influence in their top five was China, listing peers/co-workers as the fifth greatest influence.

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Salary Considerations
Salary Considerations

Overall, women in employment are most likely to accept a higher starting salary with undefined growth opportunities, rather than a lower starting salary and a clear career trajectory if they left their current position (46% vs 38%). China and Brazil are the only countries to choose a lower starting salary and a clear career trajectory over a higher starting salary with undefined growth opportunities if they left their current position.