I am often asked how well our college of the liberal arts and sciences prepares students for jobs and careers. We like to think that a liberal arts education prepares students for life, and that jobs and careers are only one part of that.
Picking a creative career like writing would be impossible without blind faith in oneself. I've always worked at being the hero of my own story, someone I would root for in a book, or onscreen, but now the scope of the story is growing and I can't predict the plotline.
I knew that there were promising startups and growth companies all over the country that needed talent to expand and thrive. I knew firsthand that there was an army of talented, ambitious, somewhat directionless young people who'd love to work for a startup.
In this upcoming season, when our families will gather and we're reminded how much our relationships matter, have we taken the time to think about, and thank, those who have helped us along the way in our business?
Flourishing in a sector that's well-known for being fast-paced and competitive is a feat in itself. But once you factor in the overarching dominance of one gender, there are even more hurdles to overcome to ensure your long-term success.
As the saying goes, 'In your twenties, you worry about what people think about you. In your thirties you hope people are thinking well of you. In your forties you don't care what people think about you, and in your fifties you realize people aren't thinking about you.'
When it comes to permanently shaping the landscape it is slow and steady force that literally moves mountains. It may be that we're witnessing the impact of similar subtle shifts in the most recent report from the National Assessment for Educational Progress.
The numbers for the first-generation students are particularly telling to me. I was the first in my family to graduate from college. As a first-generation student, I know how important postsecondary education was in shaping my life, and appreciate the difference it could make to millions of others.
So. I graduated this past May to begin my life anew as a so called "grown-up" in the proverbial "real world." I never really cared for that phrase--the real world. As if to say the world in which I was living was somehow removed from reality. Oh wait. It actually was.
As with any risk, there is always something at stake. In most instances, when it comes to your business, you stand to lose money, time and your reputation. Which are also the very same things you stand to gain!
Empowerment has always been central to Career Wardrobe's mission. From day one, we have challenged every woman who comes through our doors to dream big while also giving her the tools she needs to reach those goals... whether it's her first job or the next job that will help her on her career path.
When I was asked, at five years old, I said an astronaut and a teacher. I imagine that no matter what I would have said at that age my parents would have smiled and told me I could do anything I set my mind to doing.
A little over a year ago, I picked up a copy of Douglas Conant's Touchpoints. I could not help but smile as I read; here was a book that beautifully stated the essence of heart-based leadership, the principle on which my life's work is based.
So many of my clients are influenced by how they look and how they feel. If someone feels depressed and lacks confidence, this is reflected in what they wear, and conversely, if someone has a positive attitude and is confident, that will show in their attire.
Many of us know those at work who walk the talk, know the job and always deliver on time. Yet we do not rely on these people, nor do we want to work with them, because they can and would throw us under the bus when it suits their agenda.
For any woman who has grappled with competing identities over the years, Spar's book is a refreshing acknowledgement of the impossible expectations women carry around with them, starting in adolescence and extending into old age.
Montgomery County achieved many of its successful outcomes for its graduating seniors by deciding from the beginning where they wanted their students to end up as they entered adulthood, and working backwards to build the right path from their earliest years.