career development for women

Going Into Fall Like What

Going Into Fall Like What

We know many of you are like, “Hold up, wait a minute. I am still trying to get my last bit of summer out, don’t rush me.”

On, the other hand, we know you are ambitious women who like to plan ahead. For you, we've got four things you might want to start incorporating into your end of summer schedule to make the transition into fall a little easier.

Pack Light

Pack Light

Do you remember the song Bag Lady? I was listening to it after making a 90’s playlist (don’t judge me), and I think it was the first time I listened to the words of this song through adult lenses. Badu was preaching that career gospel and I don't think she intended to! After listening to Bag Lady on repeat, the lyrics resonated and put me in a career mindset.

Your First (or Brand New) Job: Lessons Learned from Women Who Have Been There

By: Grace Peters, Editorial Analyst, The Memo

“There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who walk into a room and say, 'There you are' and those who say, 'Here I am.'” - Pauline Phillips

Some new hires are the “here I am!” kind of employees: seeking praise for every accomplishment. Managers do not always have time for that. The “there you are” new employees, on the other hand, spend their time listening and observing. They watch and listen carefully to get the lay of the land. They learn how things are done and follow their supervisor’s instructions.

For those of you embarking on your first job this summer, here are a few basic tips – including some things many wish they had known at their first jobs. These tips are also useful for those of you transitioning careers and beginning at a brand new workplace.

1. Learn office procedures and follow basic protocol. – Gail E., Attorney

2. Follow directions and ask questions if you’re not sure how your supervisor wants something done (but don’t be a pest!) – Liz L., Professor

3. Understand office politics. – Jessica B., Teacher

4. Be friendly, but don’t gossip! – Gracie P., Intern

5. Be diplomatic. – Theresa K., Writer

6. Watch out for other burnouts! The people who complain all day about the job and directly or indirectly try to bring you down in the process. Don’t let them! – Sam C.

7. Read a lot of articles and books about your industry. Know how to use business software. If you’re confused about something, use Google rather than giving up at the first roadblock! – Ellen S., Realtor

8. Network, Network, NETWORK. – Everyone!

Tell us about your first job! What would you add to this list?


Photos/Images by   #WOCinTech Chat

Photos/Images by #WOCinTech Chat

A few years ago, one of my mentors told me to stop apologizing so much in the workplace. At first, I was offended, because I thought I was being polite; but looking back--that was one of the best pieces of career advice I’ve ever received! For a week, I counted how many times I said, “I’m sorry,” and I said it so much, I wanted to put a muzzle over my mouth. I noticed the men in my office were rarely apologetic for voicing their point of view. As women--why do we feel the need to explain ourselves or apologize for voicing our opinions? Part of being confident is owning your actions and being authentic!

Here are three videos that do a great job of reminding us to stay strong, confident, and not to participate in a culture that encourages women to feel ashamed of speaking up and owning it!

Not Sorry Shine Strong Pantene

The View: Whether Women Should Stop Saying Sorry

Inside Amy Schumer

[3]:'Inside Amy Schumer': I'm Sorry

A New 24 on the Shot Clock

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Photos/Images by #WOCinTech Chat

If you are reading today’s Memo, we made it to see another Monday! I challenge you to look at today differently--today is not just another Monday! Let’s try and see this week as another opportunity to go after our career goals. Set an intention right after reading this--to do one thing this week that puts you one step closer to your goals. It might be asking for that long awaited raise, ironing your clothes tonight, in order to give you a little extra time tomorrow to savor the moments, or setting time aside this afternoon to research your new job. Whatever it is, I encourage you not to put it off another day. In 2013, my little brother wrote a song called Go On, one verse goes: “Every day that I wake, every day that I get is a new, fresh, 24 on the shot clock..I’mma go on.” This week you get another shot towards the life and career you desire.

Below are five tips to help you look at this week differently:

Have faith; even if Tuesday starts to look rocky---set your intention!

Surround yourself with people that want to see you win. Don’t listen to the haters!

Never be afraid to fail. A winner never quits on themselves!

Be you! You were never created to be like everyone else. We love you just the way you are.

Patience is real. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, but there was a process. Respect your process, which leads to PROGRESS!

Cheers to an awesome week! Tell us what you intend to do this week, so we can root you on!

Gotta Let It Go!

Gotta Let It Go!

I realize that carrying around hurtful stuff might take time to heal, but you can start celebrating the life you get back.  Think about how much energy you gave those moments in your life.  I think about one instance in particular and now I laugh out loud about it.  And back then, I could barely get out of the bed because it made me so sad.   Find your faith, say RIP to the past, and put on your best outfit, because we have your future to celebrate.

Be The Captain of Your Career!

Be The Captain of Your Career!

You are a strong woman and made to be fearless.  Don’t let fear rob another day of your confidence and clarity! You can’t control everything that happens in your life, but you can take accountability for the plan you put in place for your success!

Don't Stop Believing!

Don't Stop Believing!

The band Journey made a song called, Don't Stop Believing. The chorus goes, "Don't stop believin', Hold on to that feelin', Streetlight people, Don't stop believin' Hold on." This song reminds me of when I was a young girl and would practice writing my signature on countless pieces of loose leaf paper.  Did you do that too? As kids we thought someone might want our autograph one day. As little girls we had no problem dreaming BIG! Anything we dreamed of--we pictured ourselves doing it.  You could be a teacher, a movie star, and a doctor all in the same day and no one could tell you differently.  When I was young, my cousin Frank and I used to ride our bicycles around town and pretend to be police officers.  We had badges and everything! My fantasy shift always ended early because I couldn’t stay outside as long as Frank.  Where am I going with all of this? Don’t stop believing in yourself!  Let’s get back to the days when we saw ourselves climbing the highest mountains and nothing could stand in our way.  If you want to go back to school; take the necessary steps.  If you want to travel more; start saving! If you are still waiting for love; don’t give up! Your dreams and goals are important and should be handled with care.  Find your Monday motivation and don’t stop believing!
Ps: My cousin Frank grew up and became an actor. He has starred in several television shows portraying law enforcement officers (smile). Dreams do come true!


Tips To Help You Be More Direct In the Workplace

Tips To Help You Be More Direct In the Workplace

A few years ago I read, "Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office", by Lois P. Frankel.  At that time in my life I was reading a lot of career development books for women; some were helpful and others made me feel overwhelmed by the amount of “steps” it might take to climb the proverbial ladder.  In Frankel’s book, she mentioned the notion of women using touchy-feely language in the workplace and how we should learn to be more direct.  What is touchy-feely language?