In order to close the ambition gap, however, those who already hold positions of power, and are frustrated with the lack of young women excelling at work, will have the next move, guiding us as we take our first steps into the workforce.
Friendsgivings seems to me like a uniquely 20-something experience, in which unmarried young adults with no children get together to eat, unsure if they're on the right track since they can't afford to fly home for the holiday.
What do you do when you graduate college? For a while, I though the answer was wait for something to happen. Studying for the LSAT, a test I never wanted to take for a profession I never wanted to practice, was my way of remaining stagnant while giving the impression of movement.
I work from home (living the dream, right?), which people perceive as my having the freedom to stay in my PJs all day and roam around as I please. Yup, perfect. But it's not. I have never been so lonely.
It would have made a world of difference if my curriculum focused on more practical working skills rather than just industry fundamentals and core classes. Here are a few classes I wish were on my roaster during college.
I challenge you to discover your trigger. Don't let it pass you by though. To the naked eye, your trigger may at first seem like a reason to eat a pint of Ben & Jerry's and binge-watch OITNB, but if you look closely, it could be your moment to shed some skin (and possibly, a few pounds).
After the caps have been thrown and the goodbyes have been said, it's time to decide where you are going to live post-college life. Moving back in with your parents is always an option, but is it the right one for you?
Graduating college and entering the real world comes with some realities that'll be waiting there for you, with open arms to hug you hello, as you start your first job. I won't wish you luck -- because it's never luck that you need. It's determination, so I wish you lots of that.
I thought I was great. I thought I was awesome. I thought I was special. Little did I know I was in for a wake up call that was going to rock my little universe. That wake up call being the real world.
Now I'm not saying I want to go back to the days of weekday drunken debauchery and writing papers an hour before they're due... but now that I'm in my mid-20s I realize there were a few things that I took for granted in college.
The Social Network and Startup.com are great movies to keep you motivated. Also using Twitter as a resource to quickly reference and read up on your audience, as well as beefing up your social media has been great for me, and my business.
I thought I was a hyphenated American because I chose to call myself a Mexican-American. But looking at my resume, I realize I earned the designation because I've worked as a free-lance journalist, a teaching-assistant, and an assistant-editor. That must be why I am on un-employment.
Grad school doesn't always give you a better idea of what to do. Sure, you'll get to know a field of research better. But, unless you have a fire in your belly about what you want to study, real work experience will provide invaluable answers to life's more relevant questions.
Graduating seniors are once again living in two worlds. Much like their young first-year selves, their attention is divided -- each has one foot in college and one foot leading toward the next big adventure. The next climb.