[IMGCAP(1)]In American corporate culture today, you can expect that many employees in any field hope to become part of upper management one day.

But the path to get there is a long and often difficult one, and even when you’re promoted, there’s usually still lower-level work to be done. According to a study by Ernst and Young, in 2002, 36 percent of CFOs from the world’s largest companies held non-executive directorships. A decade later, the proportion increased to 46 percent.

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