**This article features Selena Rezvani's advice and originally appeared in CBS MoneyWatch by Amy Levin-Epstein on 10/21/2013.**
If your family budget or high school grades didn't allow you to attend a first-rate college, you might be experiencing negative repercussions during your job search or interviews. Certainly, going to a top-tier college can open doors, but not attending one doesn't close them and can even work in your favor, experts say:
Sometimes the things we talk about most are the slowest to change.
Gender-parity work, or the goal of increasing women's representation as leaders, is no exception. We hear a lot about the wage gap, women's low numbers in top roles and various analogies for the barriers that exist.
Many aspiring leaders wonder if they should become technical experts in a given area–“Specialists”–or if they should shape their careers as more well-rounded professionals–“Generalists.” While both career paths can yield positive results, my interviews with successful leaders showed that becoming a generalist can help you reach top levels faster and succeed once you get there. After all, a person with generalized knowledge knows enough about several topics to ask the tough questions and think critically about different functions.
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