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Will 2019 be the year of the woman? No, probably not…

Women’s sport is undeniably enjoying a bit of a moment and at the end of 2018, the world of football welcomed a woman as one of its chief executives.

The television executive Susanna Dinnage was announced as the most powerful women in professional sport after being named Richard Scudamore’s successor at the Premier League.

Dinnage was dueto take up her role as chief executive at the beginning of 2019, moving from her role as global president of Animal Planet, part of the Discovery group of TV channels.

However, between Christmas and the new year, Dinnage changed her mind and decided to stay with the animal channel.

“I am excited at the prospect of taking on this fantastic role,” Dinnage said initially; “The Premier League means so much to so many people. It represents the pinnacle of professional sport and the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and inspirational organisation is a great privilege. With the support of clubs and the team, I look forward to extending the success of the League for many years to come.”

Before deciding the job was a bit too daunting.

Some new research (whatever) has found that the average woman considers leaving her job 19 times a year. That’s about once a fortnight; but so what?

Deciding to leave your job can be a big decision, especially if you’re considering starting in a new profession entirely.

Actually, the study was conducted by OnePoll in September this year and it investigated a number of different aspects of women’s working lives in the UK.

However, while the average woman may contemplate quitting her job on a regular basis, only a minority are actually keen to take the plunge and switch careers.

According to the study, 34% of British women have decided to train for an entirely new career in the past, with one in five currently thinking about doing so.

2,000 full-time and part-time employed UK adults were questioned in September as part of the study, which was commissioned by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Rachel Kellett, head of qualifications and product development at AAT, explains why no one should ever feel as though it’s too late to change career paths.

“With careers having such a big impact on our lives, it’s important to make sure that we are in the right one,” she says.

“Despite what some people might think, you can make a change at any point in your life – we have people studying finance qualifications in their 70s.”

The survey also discovered the amount of time that men and women spend working overtime in the office, with many staying in the office much later than officially required.

The average woman reportedly spends an additional seven hours a month working overtime, which equates to approximately 3,948 additional hours over the course of an entire career.

In comparison, the average man spends around nine hours a month working overtime.

The researchers also noted that the average woman is likely to have five office romances throughout her career.

However, a recent study conducted by Direct Line life insurance found that workplace romances are becoming more taboo in light of the #MeToo movement.

Who knows? Who cares?

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