A Change in Perspective
Why is a thing for you to have to pick a career as a teenager? What do we even know then? What do we even know as grown adults? I’m 23, been out of college for a little bit over a year and a half with a BA in Media Studies and a full time job that has nothing to do with my major.
Making Myself Happy
In my country going to college/univeristy is kind of the norm. Everyone does it. If you don’t, you’re a proper loser. When I graduated high school, I enrolled in a university thinking I wanted to be a filmmaker. A year into it, I realized it wasn’t really for me so I decided to change majors and do Media Studies. The first three years of uni were the worst three years of my life.
Work Email: Vent Before You Send
If you read the news (or are on Twitter or Facebook...or are just, ya know a human at this point), you'll have become quite familiar with the concept of 'Wikileaks' and their method of dumping emails onto the greater public. For some people, a dump of your work emails wouldn't ever be a big deal - it might expose how early you start thinking about lunch or what you really think of a coworker - but it likely wouldn't make headline news.
Make Friends Not Competition
One of the most exciting times in our lives as professional women is the jump from school to the workforce. Of course, it’s also one of the most stressful times, not least because we soon realize that there are SO MANY THINGS no one taught us in school. I was 25 by the time I really made that leap, with a couple degrees in hand but minimal knowledge of how to deal with a crazy stressful workplace with confusing office politics.
The Importance of Strong Female Support
When you tell someone you attended an all-girls catholic high school, you can see their eyes flood with curiosity and critique: “how did she survive the drama?” “is she even capable of socializing with boys?” “does that mean she’s a lesbian?” Mostly you can see confusion as to how someone could live four years without testosterone bouncing off the classroom walls.
The Fear of Not Having a Plan
From the day we are born, there is a plan in place for us. For a Type A girl like me, it’s heaven. You go to preschool at 3, and then you enter primary school at 5. From that point on, the next 13 years are all in the name of getting into a good college, or getting a job right out of school. You’re working towards something. You graduate from high school, and then you say goodbye to your parents as you move on to the next stage of your life.
The Importance of Writing a Follow-Up
Applying for a job takes a long time… you have to make sure your resume is perfect and that your cover letter highlights everything the employer is looking for. Once you triple check everything, it’s time to press send. Once everything is sent, there is a sigh of relief and words of A Chorus Line echo in your head “God, I hope I get it. I hope I get it!”
It was a Tuesday Morning
It was a Tuesday morning. I got to work an hour before everyone else, as I always do, and found a meeting had been put on my calendar: an hour long touch-base with my boss. In typical fashion, I panicked. What had I done wrong? Did I mess something up? Was I going to get fired?
The Long and Winding Road
I haven't had the straightest career path. I think when growing up you watch all the TV shows and movies and create a vision of what your life is going to be like as an adult. Honest to god, I thought I'd meet my husband in college, work for a few years, and be married with three kids by 25. I’d be the World's Best Mom, and not just because my kids bought me a mug that told me so.
Feminism and Art
In college I studied art history, specifically gender roles in modern art. While I thought I would never use the depth in which I studied the interaction of female form in its environment from artists who have long since passed, I realized this studying has helped me construct my own view of how I view feminism. Wow, that was a mouth full. Basically, as a tool for my own confidence I look to the women in these works for support.
It's Okay to Get Out if Your Mental Wellbeing is Being Compromised
My first real encounter with the idea of my future career came when I was in my final year of school when everyone was applying to university and I was completely and utterly overwhelmed. I had no idea what I wanted to do or knew if I was even ready to move away from home.