Career Choices

Four Things to Consider Before Making a Career Transition

Caroline DeMarcoBy Caroline R. De Marco, Vice President, Regional Accounts, Managed Markets & Government Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline

So, you think you’re ready for a career change? I’ve been there. I understand. I think changing careers can be a wonderful move and I know from experience that taking that leap of faith can change your life for the better. But before you jump, consider the following:
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In Praise of First Jobs

Even mindless first jobs can prove to be invaluable experiences. How else would some of us know how to carry six plates at a time or fold sweaters so neatly? On a more serious note, starter stints can teach useful lessons about people, ourselves and the nature of work. Check out what initiated some of our 2016 speakers into the world of gainful employment—and what they learned. Read More

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Free Teleclass | Make Your Next Move with Confidence

Jenny BlakeMake Your Next Move with Confidence
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
1:00-1:30pm Eastern

Eventbrite - Make Your Next Move with Confidence (Free Teleclass with Jenny Blake)
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Mindy Kaling on Her First Job, Worst Job and Being the Boss

Mindy KalingDuring a summer of inordinate hot air (from the election cycle as well as the heat outside), Mindy Kaling’s down-to-earthiness is a welcome cool breeze. When asked about being brave, one of the only women to create, produce, write and star in her own network series—and the only one to put her name in the show’s title—is quick to contextualize her courage. “Have I been brave?” Kaling asks. “I’m not sure—I hope so. Bravery to me takes its form in women like Gabrielle Giffords and Malala Yousafzai. I have learned so much from them.”

Here, Kaling, who will be a keynote speaker at the 2016 Pennsylvania Conference for Women, took a break from working on Season 5 of The Mindy Project (premieres October 4 on Hulu) to talk about the work lessons she has learned along her path. Read More

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Three Ways Women Hold Themselves Back

Trudy BourgeoisFifteen years ago, Trudy Bourgeois resigned from her vice president job managing a $3 billion business unit—and walked away from a healthy six-figure salary, country club memberships, first class plane tickets to everywhere for her husband and herself and much, much more. “When I told my mom about my decision, she started to cry,” Bourgeois recalls. “She asked if she needed to get the sisters together to pray. I was living the dream for a lot of people.” Read More

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7 Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask BEN-FM’s Marilyn Russell

Marilyn RussellWhat time do you have to wake up when your job is helping other people wake up as they head to work? If you’re Marilyn Russell, 4:30 am. “I take a shower the night before, so I’m out the door by 5 am, and on the air at 5:30 am,” says the host of “Marilyn in the Morning,” as well as “Woman of the Week” and “BEN Around Philly”—all on 95.7 BEN-FM. “That means I have to be in bed no later than 9 pm, which puts a damper on my social life, but it’s a great gig.” Read More

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Glamour’s Cindi Leive on Courage, Confidence and What Mirror Selfies Are Good for

Cindi LeiveTo talk to Cindi Leive about careers is to wish Glamour’s editor in chief were your boss—if not your best friend. She’s not just warm, funny and smart. She also telegraphs a big heart, the vibe that she cares and wants to help—women in general and those she personally knows.

It’s partly Leive’s candidness that conveys this generous spirit. Case in point: she freely admits that the secret to her confidence when she was 32 and at her first helm (at Self) was, “I didn’t know what I didn’t know!” Read More

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Career Moves: Ask These Two Questions Before You Leap

Sara-DiVelloUnfortunately, you don’t have to love your job to be good at it. Sara DiVello had gone into public relations thinking she could make a living and write, her true passion. “At first, I got caught up in the cool factor of working at a big company, in the fancy skyscraper—I felt like I was Melanie Griffith in Working Girl! But as I advanced up the ranks, I got lost in the busy-ness and daily pressures of the job,” says the former PR executive at a Fortune 500 company. Read More

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What’s Really Holding Women Back from the C-Suite

Goldsmith, MarshallCertainly there are many factors contributing to the absence of women at the top of companies—sex discrimination, gender bias, the fact that people promote those who remind them of themselves, to name a few. But to Marshall Goldsmith, who has been coaching executives for 35 years, there is one simple—but not so easy—way to help close the leadership gap. “Fix childcare in this country,” says the author of Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts, Becoming the Person You Want to Be. “Make it more affordable, and more women will stay in their careers—and be promoted.” Read More

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The Very Best Career Advice

career-advice-compOver the past year, we asked past and future speakers at our conferences in Austin, Boston, Philadelphia and Silicon Valley for the best work or life advice they’ve ever received or given. Here’s the best of their best answers. Read More

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