While we live firmly in the 21st century, there are still some aspects that are more akin to the 19th! There’s no way around the issue, it seems that women still have a tough time breaking into certain industries. In the manufacturing industry specifically, it is still one of those areas that suffer from a more antiquated and masculine approach to work. And this is to the detriment of everyone, not just women in business. If you have an idea to grow your business and it’s in the manufacturing world, you have a challenge on your hands. What does it take for a woman to make their mark in the manufacturing industry?


A Great Idea (Combined With the Results to Back It Up)

Ideas are a dime a dozen, but if we want to make our mark in the manufacturing industry it’s not enough to have good ideas. We seem to fall short when it comes to delivering the goods. The best thing you can do is to go the whole hog and do the research and preparation yourself. Whether you are looking to grow a brand or put forward a new product in an existing framework, it’s important to provide scalable and tangible results. It is so crucial, especially when it comes to factoring in the overall costs. While there is a variety of 3d printing and additive manufacturing methods and prototype of resources to help an individual realize their vision this is only one piece of the puzzle. A good idea needs to be seen through to completion. And this is where a woman can make themselves heard in such an antiquated environment.

Learn From Those Who Have Been Before You

Making your mark as a woman you have to learn from those who have already played with a certain path. Getting life experience is one thing, but when you struggle to make your mark in an industry because you are on your own you have to get inspiration from those who have been there before. Getting a mentor is one way to ensure that you are acquiring sage advice. Having a mentor isn’t just about developing the business side of things, but it can help you to retain some focus especially when you feel overwhelmed and stressed.

Focus on Your Decision-Making Skills

We can feel the temptation to shout out loud to make our voices heard, but it can be acquired through our actions as well. Taking the time to make some decisions and to listen gives you an upper hand in the organization. And you can use this to your advantage by giving a voice to fellow employees. This is a great way to build trust and to increase people’s awareness of your existence. When you start to focus on your decision-making skills and actively listen to others’ needs, this will put you in a more advantageous position. It’s not easy to make your mark as a woman in an industry that is male-dominated but slowly, the tide is turning. It may prove to be a challenge right now, especially in the world we live in that seems to be dominated by male leadership, but focus on the war, not the battle.

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