Hi friends! Happy Monday – I hope it has been short and productive for each of you.
Today I’m writing about my favorite ways to manage anxiety and stress – in both your career and academic life. I went to a very competitive college and it took some time before I developed strong coping skills to manage anxiety and stress, it’s my hope that the following tips will be something to tuck away and when you need these tips you can refer back to this post. I wish I had not of learned how to manage stress the hard way but I’m glad I finally did!
If you have other tips or tricks I would love to hear them, I swear by bubble baths and my sweet puppy but if there is anything interesting or helpful you do to stay focused and anxiety-free please let me know in the comments, I’m always looking for more help.
ONE – Maintain a consistent sleeping schedule
A consistent sleeping schedule keeps your body in a routine and when you have a plan and agenda for the day there’s not anxiety about what you need to accomplish during the day you’ve already laid out your game plan to conquer the day – plus your brain and body CRAVE sleep – it helps restore your skin, nails, body and keeps your brain healthy – when you perform at your best your leave less room to be anxious over something you could have done different or better.
TWO – Limit caffeine during the day and eliminate caffeine at night
Caffeine is a stimulant and will make anxiety worse! Stick to a cup of coffee or two during the day and try to relax at night with a cup of tea or smoothie or anything caffeine free.
THREE – Exercise
Take care of your body. Exercise is so good for your both mentally and physically – an improved figure isn’t the only positive to working out it also keeps your brain healthy and focused.
FOUR – Designated “wind-down” time
At night, after work, I try to limit electronics and read a good book, have dinner with my sweet boyfriend, walk my dog, anything to disconnect from the daily grind. I LOVE working but having a healthy work-life balance is crucial for minimal anxiety and good mental health. I try not to work after the hours of 6pm every night unless I have a big deadline or there is something that absolutely needs my attention.
I set boundaries and I am better for it (plus I feel powerful and happy doing it, so an added benefit :))
FIVE – Be conscious of your alcohol consumption
Other than the health risks and weight gain, alcohol can cause anxiety levels to spike – limit your alcohol consumption to the weekends or a glass of wine every now and then. Your brain and attitude will thank you.
SIX – Ask for feedback from your boss or professor or whoever is in a position of authority over you
Do you know that pit in your stomach when you’re going in for your annual review with your boss or you’re receiving the grade for that term paper you worked so hard on?
Reduce your anxiety and stress the next time around by asking for constructive feedback so you can truly understand your performance, your strengths, your weaknesses, etc. etc.
SEVEN – Leverage your support network
Your friends and family LOVE you, they care about you and they want to see you succeed. Lean on them when you are stressed and anxious and take time to laugh and do nothing with the people closest to you.
EIGHT – Be Frivolous Sometimes
The little things in life are the big things – don’t forget to buy yourself a gorgeous bouquet of roses to keep in your office during the week, or enjoy a glass of red wine on a Friday or buy that handbag you’ve been eyeing all season, within reason of course 🙂
NINE – Drink plenty of water – (no really)
Water is good for your skin, body, metabolism and brain. Hydrate and take care of yourself.
TEN – Turn off screens before bedtime
Keeping your iPhone or computer on until late at night is horrible for you – your body can’t wind down and you won’t sleep as peacefully… don’t forget to disconnect.
What are your favorite ways to deal with stress and anxiety? Whether you work full-time in any field or are still a college or high school student I would love to hear your tips and tricks!
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For today’s Girl Boss Monday I decided to focus on “Back to School,” specifically those of you going to university in the fall.
With July flying by I am in a back to school mindset and I find myself anxiously looking back on all of my back to school shopping lists even though I am working full-time now in banking.
I had the absolute best time picking out items for my dorm room at UNC-Chapel Hill and then moving off-campus when I was a bit older. I am a huge planner and knowing that I was prepared for the start of a new semester was refreshing and motivating.
If you are going to school out-of-state or if this is just the first time that you will be away from home for an extended period of time, it can be a bit daunting to decide what to pack, how to pack it, how to transport it and if you will have everything you will need for the semester after your parents leave you at school.
I decided to curate a list of the top twenty or so items I found the most useful when I was living in a dorm during my undergraduate studies.
A hamper is self-explanatory but even so I can’t stress how useful this item is going to be for you, and if you can find one or order one online you should also pick up a big laundry bag in order to carry laundry home with you to your parent’s when you are home for the weekend or on break. The quality of the washing machines and dryers in your dormitory may be questionable so it’s best to have a tote that can fit a lot of clothes in it for those inevitable trips home.
2- Shower Caddy
If you share a bathroom with other students buy a large shower caddy in order to transport your shampoo, conditioner and other toiletries to and from the bathroom, just like the hamper, the bigger shower caddy the better, you might find you want to be able to use more than just the basic items when you are getting ready in the bathroom.
3- Extra Set of Sheets
Again, laundry might be questionable in your dormitory so a fresh pair of sheets will be a lovely change when you decide to change your bedding.
4- Case for Laptop
Every student is normally required to purchase a laptop and you will be taking it everywhere: class, the library, to study at a friend’s house, etc. so a sturdy case on the actual laptop and maybe a sleeve to put it in to protect this expensive investment is a no-brainer.
You can pick up cute and practical plastic shelving from Target, Bed Bath & Beyond or other retailer in order to have more storage space in a tiny dorm room – the storage can especially be used for storing snacks and non-perishable food for when you get hungry and would like a snack.
6- Mini Fridge
For soft drinks, yogurt in the morning when you are in a rush to class, frozen dinners when you have an exam and need to quickly make dinner, etc.
For those nights or mornings when you want something quick and easy and the dining hall or cafeteria is all the way across campus
A date? A formal? An interview on-campus? A steamer is a quick hit to make your clothes look beautiful and presentable.
9- Personal Touches
Pictures of friends, initials hanging on the wall, twinkly Christmas lights, don’t forget to bring a few memories from home as you head off to school
10- Area Rug
If your dorm room is concrete it might be a nice and easy touch to add an area rug to your room, your room will feel warm and cozy and you can pick up a carpet remnant very cheaply from some home stores or outlets if you don’t want to pay full price at Target or other big-box retailer.
11- Flash Drive
For quickly transporting a research paper or project and handing it in, preserving a copy of it or printing at the library, you need a flash drive.
12- External Hardrive
An external hard drive is a little expensive but if your life is on your computer as mine is you might want to think about backing up your data to another hard drive.
13- Febreeze / Clorox Wipes / ETC.
For freshening up your dorm room and keeping things reasonably clean.
14- Command Strips and Adhesives
You can’t drill holes or put nails in the wall of your dormitory but you can hang things with command strips or adhesives.
15- Ethernet Cord
Even though WiFi seems like it is everywhere nowadays it is possible that your dorm room does not have wifi and even if it does an ethernet cord is a hard wired connection and will be much faster – completely necessary.
16- Shower Shoes
Keep your feet clean from the germs in a bathroom that will be used by countless other people – pick up a couple of pairs from Old Navy or Target
17- First Aid Kit
Tylenol, Band Aids, Neosporin, etc.
Plastic Storage Containers // Bins // Shelving to store under the bed or on the shelving I mentioned earlier – it will make moving out easier later and will give you more floor space to actually live in.
19- Weekend Bag
For a trip home or to the beach with friends keep a cute bag stashed in your closet.
20- Business Casual Clothing
For the inevitable interview, group project, presentation, etc. make sure you have something professional and respectable tucked away in your wardrobe.
You can find two other #GirlBossMonday Posts related to college here:
What are your must-haves for your college packing list? Is there anything I left out? What was your favorite thing about living in a dormitory if you’ve already graduated from college?
It feels like summer is flying by and I am actively trying to soak it all in. Since it is almost the middle of July I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of tips for those of you that will be graduating from college this year and beginning your job search or those of you that are still in college and will be beginning your internship search.
This list is by no means comprehensive, you could write a book (and some people certainly have) on everything you need to know before landing your first job, but, it is meant to be a quick reference with a few helpful pieces of information as you begin an otherwise daunting process. I’ve tried to keep these tips as general as possible so that they can be applicable to any industry: marketing, advertising, sales, consulting, finance, public relations, etc. It is becoming increasingly competitive to break into certain fields or industries and the better prepared you are the more of an advantage you have.
ONE – Nail the “phone screen”
If you are a senior in college or university this year, on-campus recruiting is traditionally September – Early November. It is important to note that hiring dramatically slows down in November and December and picks up again after the holidays. In addition, January and February are also good times to be job searching because it’s in the first quarter of the year and companies and hiring managers are assessing their needs and budgeting for full-time hires, as the year goes on it becomes a little trickier as there is less money to bring on a full-time hire. In the summer, hiring is almost dead as people are on vacation and out of town and then the cycle repeats itself when things pick up again in early September.
With that said, the first part of the onboarding/interview process for your first job is going to be some sort of “phone screen” with a recruiter (it might even be a third-party company – for example: Amazon wants to hire a couple of software engineers or sales representatives and they hire an HR Firm to search for talent that exclusively fits the list of requirements they have given this outside firm) or human resources professional, not the hiring manger or person that you might be directly reporting to should you accept the job offer.
These people speak with hundreds of people a week and will spend 15-30 minutes with you to determine if they think you are a “fit,” this includes everything from relevant educational background, internship experience, GPA, foreign language skill and general interpersonal skills.
THIS is the time to shine – it’s a tricky and awkward thing to feel like you are “selling” yourself to someone but that is exactly what you have to do.
If you put yourself in the recruiter’s or human resource professional’s shoes they also have a tough job. Their performance is measured by the number of people they bring to a hiring manger’s desk that meet the requirements of the job – if they consistently bring someone in for an interview with the hiring manger that is under-qualified or mismatched for the position that reflects poorly on them. It is actually quite stressful when you put yourself in their shoes and I think it humanizes the process a bit.
However, the bright side is that if you are chosen for a phone screen for a job that you have submitted a resume for it means that the person who looked over your resume:
a) thinks you are a potential match for the position and b) it is in their best interest for them to pass you along to the next person as it is less work for them than to keep searching – they WANT to fill the position, these people have a job to do as well and the faster and more efficiently they can fill the positions they are responsible for the better they are doing in their personal career journey.
With all that said, you can DEFINITELY nail the phone screen by keeping in mind a few simple things:
1- What does the job description say? Read it and then read it again and then read it a third time and try to think of a few examples for how you represent the qualities they are looking for, even if you’ve never used Microsoft Excel or Tableau for the particular way that the company wants you to use it for the position, think of a way that you have used it that would show that you are adaptable and can learn quickly.
2- Develop a “short elevator pitch” at the beginning of the call to introduce yourself. “My name is, I went to this school, I studied this major because x, y and z and I am so excited to be interviewing for X Job because Y and Z Reason.”
Again, these recruiters speak to hundreds of people a week so briefly introducing yourself and providing some context and background as to why you are a good fit for the position and more importantly why you want the position and are passionate about the position makes their job easier and you sound excited and humble at the same time.
3- Remember to say thank you and follow up with a thank you note// email after the call and then follow back up again in a week if you haven’t heard anything (respectfully).
PERSISTENCE IS KEY!! Again – you are fighting statistics here, if a hundred people apply for the same position you want it is NOT necessarily the most qualified or talented person that is going to get the job – it’s going to be the person that is smart but also continues to follow up and stands out in a respectful and diligent way.
Don’t give up!! The job search can be so frustrating and difficult but you just need one 🙂
TWO – Relevant Experience OR Relevant Coursework
For those of you that may not have a lot of internship experience, relevant coursework can be an excellent substitute!
For example, let’s say you are applying for a journalism position at a magazine or major broadcasting company in NYC or Chicago and you’ve never had an internship in that particular field but you’ve taken an advertising elective in college where you worked on a couple of business cases related to the job you are applying for – that relevant coursework is absolutely fair game to talk about in an interview.
Did you participate in a case competition in college? Did you work on endless group projects within your major that taught you about teamwork? All of these experiences within your coursework are relevant and useful to talk about in a job interview. Do not neglect to mention the experiences that show how smart and capable you are.
THREE – Details matter
This tip is a bit more intangible but I think it is important nonetheless, the details matter. If you are lucky enough to make it past the first two or three phone screens and receive an invitation to have an in-person interview take it as seriously as possible.
-Keep your nails clean and free of polish to avoid distractions and maintain professionalism, the same goes for hair and makeup – an interview is not the time to wear bold makeup, flashy jewelry or tight clothing, this usually goes without saying and there are very few industries other than creative fields where this is acceptable or will make a good impression.
-It’s better to be overdressed – you might be interviewing at a company that you know and love and one that has a business casual or relaxed dress code but it’s not going to kill you to wear a classic pant suit or sheath dress to the interview – you will stand out in a good way, you will look professional and prepared and you will project a respectful image to the people you are interviewing with. Do not underestimate how much of a difference this will make – no one likes a sloppy person, and if you aren’t dressed up you might appear lazy at worst and then you’ve lost the job, no recovery.
You only get one chance so you should make the most of it, by the time that you’ve made it to an in-person interview, the hiring manager wants to make a decision and they WANT to hire you. It takes time and resources for a company to bring you into their offices and interview you – they want you – just let yourself shine.
– Bring multiple copies of your resume and keep them in a clean and professional looking portfolio (your university might sell them in the student stores with the logo or seal of your school – they’re super cool and will add instant “wow” factor to your interview ensemble)
FOUR – The more specific the better
If you have a specific degree or have high career aspirations – let’s say you want to break into management consulting or you want to work in an industry that is extremely competitive to be hired in – that could actually be an advantage to you!
If you have focus and specificity in your job search that will shine through in your interviews – you will be able to focus intensely on every detail and facet of the industry you are interested in and any difficult interview questions you are asked will be no problem for you as you will have lived and breathed the industry you want a job in.
FIVE – Social Media // Privacy
You will be googled and if you haven’t already googled yourself using various combinations of your first, middle and last name you should and take inventory of the results.
I would recommend using your first and last name for your LinkedIn Profile so that that is one of the first things that shows up in your Google Search Results and maybe your first and middle name or a nickname for your various social media profiles.
If future employers can find your online presence and it is positive that works in your favor, if they see a strong LinkedIn Profile and a few snapshots of your life that can help paint a picture of who you are as a person and as an individual – make social media work for you – you can control the narrative of what people see and are exposed to when they are searching for your name.
One last tip***** make yourself unsearchable by your cell phone on various social media sites – if you have that on your resume you don’t want a recruiter being able to type that into Facebook after you’ve worked hard to keep that private.
If you’d like to read other parts of my #GirlBossMonday Career Series you can find two other articles here:
Have any of you started your job or internship search? Do you have any tips or tricks you swear by related to your career? I would love to hear your feedback, tips, tricks or questions in the comments or via email
Happy Monday Friends! Today’s version of Girl Boss Monday is a bit different. Today I will be sharing a guest editorial from Kate Gibson.
Being a millennial woman means you have probably recently entered the workforce within the past few years. Some of us might have just started our full-time careers within the past year, and maybe others have been at it for three years now—whether bouncing from one office to the next or holding strong at her first job right out of college.
One thing we all have in common, though, is the fact that we have to get dressed for work everyday. (Unless you’re the exception and you work from home. In which case, I envy your yoga pants!) Getting dressed for work sounds easy enough at first, but I’m sure I’m not alone in my moments when I have to take a step back and ask myself, “Wait, is this appropriate?”
There are definitely rules of thumb that millennial woman in the workforce should keep in mind when peering into her closet for an office-friendly outfit. But how can we combine those “rules” with dressing appropriately for our age? After all, wearing a suit is just not right for women our age. Here are my tips for dressing your age in the workplace but keeping it office-appropriate.
Colors and patterns are your friends
Because we have to trade in short skirts for longer hems, one way to maintain your youth without offending anyone is to find fun prints and pops of color. I’ve always admired the way Mindy Kaling’s character in The Mindy Project tackles work fashion with fearless abandon. She wears crazy colors and unexpected prints, but somehow manages to stay polished and professional. See some of her covetable looks in US Magazine for inspiration.
Find the right blazer
Blazers are no doubt an office wardrobe staple, but if you choose one too “old” for you, you could end up looking a lot stuffier than you’d like. When done right, tailored blazers can bring tons of chicness to your workplace wardrobe—it’s all about finding one youthful enough to match your age while still instilling smart fashion to your look. Lyst does a great job of rounding up clothing items by style or type, making it easy to scroll through and get a feel for what’s out there when it comes to blazers.
Pair existing clothes with select new office-wear finds
It’s likely you’re not trying to spend a small fortune on the clothes you wear to work, so it’s advised to mix and match old pieces with a few new investments. The aforementioned blazer is definitely one of those investments. Another one of those investments is a go-to pair of pumps that aren’t too high (stay away from anything higher than 3 inches—you could send the wrong message). A pencil skirt is also a workwear staple that will take you a long way. If you work in a creative field and the dress code is more on the “casual” side of business casual, WhoWhatWear has great examples on mixing new and old pieces.
You can dress your age while remaining appropriate. Simply find the right loopholes where you can infuse your youthful style into your work look, and you’ll be just fine.
Kate is a New York City based marketing assistant who loves everything fashion. When she’s not putting in long hours at work or writing about the latest trends, she’s scouring boutiques for unique pieces to keep her wardrobe fresh.
For today’s Girl Boss Monday, I wanted to share a post I have been brainstorming for some time now. As a recent college graduate, the careful management of my new salary is at the forefront of my mind.
I also work in banking and my background is in Applied Math and Economics so I have been privileged to have learned about various investment strategies, tips and tricks for managing my money.
I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of finance and money tips for recent college graduates, those who have been working for a few years or even a woman who just wants to learn more or refresh her memory about careful money management. I should add, this isn’t a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links, I am just passionate about empowering other women with quality information. I hope this blog is the best of both worlds for those of you that read my blog: art and fashion and inspiration and useful information.
Girl Boss Monday will continue to evolve and focus on different topics each Monday that I hope you will find useful. I would love to hear your feedback if you have ideas for a post or topic!
PAY OFF YOUR CREDIT CARD MONTHLY – This is an obvious mantra that each of us has probably heard over and over again, but it bears repeating, if you have a credit card you should use it for your monthly expenses and then pay the balance off in full every month to avoid paying a high interest rate on the remaining balance! Financial Institutions use what is known as the “prime rate” set by the Federal Reserve and then add several percentage points to that rate to determine their variable APR for their credit cards. If you are in your early twenties and do not have a very long credit history you most likely will be given a higher interest rate. If you absolutely must carry a balance for an emergency or unplanned expense, look into a low interest credit card – you might consider banking with a local credit union (these financial institutions are private nonprofits that usually offer exceptionally low rates to their members despite not having a long credit history.)
REWARDS – To elaborate on the previous statement, rewards credit cards can be an excellent tool to earn travel miles from airlines and cash back if you pay them off in full and are responsible with their use – there is a blog called “The Points Guy” who provides tips and strategies for maximizing your rewards credit cards and keeping track of the various rewards credit cards that one has.
CONSOLIDATE STUDENT LOAN DEBT – If you have student loan debt it might be a potential option for you to consider consolidating your student loans to achieve a lower interest rate. There is a company called “SoFi” -(it stands for Social Finance) that will consolidate your student loans for you, give you a lower rate and then you pay SoFi back in lieu of the original company that issued the loan. I’ve heard of people refinancing and consolidating their loans wit SoFi for as low as 3 percent. The general requirements to have a loan with SoFi is a solid educational background and a stable job.
MAX OUT 401K PLAN- If you have just started your job or career and your company offers a 401k Plan, MAX OUT the contribution, the money that you place into your 401k goes into the account tax-free and then can be withdrawn later in life also tax-free AND if your employer offers a match you are losing out on free money if you don’t max out your 401k. For example: if you make $100,000 a year – 6 percent of your paycheck is $6,000, if your company matches that you gain an additional $6,000 into your account that is FREE MONEY!
INVESTMENT – Invest Early. Invest Often. Invest Boldly. I recommend Ellevest.
Ellevest is a female-only, invitation only investment platform. This is a topic I will have to expand on in a later post or talk individually about but I will say that females are often not aggressive enough when it comes to investing our money and we lose because of it – even if you just put a small amount of money in a mutual fund or in a few stocks it is better than leaving it sitting in a savings account – the market will net you an excellent return over time. Please email me if you have questions I love talking about this sort of thing. #nerd. 🙂
CONSIDER A USED CAR- It seems like traditionally when someone graduates college the thought is to buy a new car, if you can afford it and it makes you truly happy go for it – however, I would merely caution that by buying that same car 1 year or 2 years older you will save a significant amount of money. Cars depreciate in value as soon as you drive off the lot and if you take out a loan to finance the car at some point in the lifecycle of that loan you may actually owe more money on the car than the car is worth. Scary to think about.
SIDE HOBBY OR PROJECT – If your job or career is not your dream job or you are just interested in earning some extra money, a side hobby or project could be a way to achieve more financial independence and might also be a fun activity. For example: I blog because I love it and it makes me happy to spend my free time doing this as a hobby but the extra income from blogging is also a really wonderful benefit sometimes! (It is also a lot of hard work but it’s definitely an added benefit!)
RETHINK THE WORK COMMUTE – Some research suggests that the main reason that some individuals do not reach their financial goals is the large amount of money that people spend driving to and from work. You should live as close to work as humanly possible for several reasons: the environment, your health, the wear on your vehicle, the cost of gas, the cost of maintenance. etc. etc. I could go on. Perhaps another reason that people overlook is the time that you lose in the car, if you spend 45 minutes a day driving to work, you lose almost 2 hours a day of time that you could be doing anything else: reading, writing, exercising, spending time with loved ones, and you’re spending money to do it! Some estimates suggest that just be cutting that distance in half you would have $125,000 in 10 years if you had invested that money instead… food for thought. If it is not possible to live close to work a carpool might be helpful, working from home, etc. even getting a new job if you can – the benefits in the long-term are tremendous.
BUY IN BULK – Costco, BJ’s and Sam’s Club offer tremendous savings for items that you must buy: toilet paper, paper towels, razors, shampoo, soap, cases of bottled water, the list goes on. If you buy in bulk you can save as much as 50 percent, it’s a little awkward to have 40 rolls of toilet paper sitting in your garage… but hey that’s money in your pocket – that’s a road trip with your boyfriend, a bottle of wine, more money to pay off your student loans, etc. etc.
CONSIGNMENT STORES- I love clothing and I love fashion but I also am amazed at the amount of waste that exists in the United States – there are so beautiful, beautiful pieces of clothing that somehow find their way into consignment stores, not only are they gorgeous pieces of clothing but they also are significantly cheaper than you would find in a store. A true “win-win” if you ask me.
ASK FOR MORE – Negotiate your salary, bet on yourself, ask for the market average or more when you’re weighing job offers and opportunities. Again, I will have to save this for another post but it is so important to be confident in your abilities and to respectfully ask to be compensated appropriately for them. Gender biases exist and should be slowly but surely broken down if we each do our part.
Are there any specific financial tips you would like to share? What are the money management tips you swear by? Any particular questions or suggestions that you have about this post?
For those of you that regularly read my blog you’ll know that for the most part on Monday’s I usually have a series called Girl Boss Monday where I feature a round-up of the best articles from the past week related to millennial women in regards to their career, finances, life, etc. in the hope that the articles and information provided will inspire, inform and motivate you to become your own “Girl Boss.” 🙂
Starting today and in the future, Girl Boss Monday will be expanded to feature articles such as the one for today.
In other updates and again for those of you who regularly check or read my blog you’ll have noticed that I haven’t been posting as frequently as I normally do but starting this week I am hoping to resume a consistent schedule of new content published every Monday // Wednesday // Friday.
I’ve started my career in banking and as I’m sure some of you can attest, there really isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done! (More on life and career updates in a future post, I’d like to share more personal details in the coming months! Stay tuned :))
Here are seven reasons why you should consider taking a gap year after completing high school or finishing your undergraduate studies.
One – A gap year allows you to gain maturity you wouldn’t otherwise find in a traditional job or academic program. For example, there are a number of programs that are for one year or two years that can be considered “time-off” or a gap year but provide enriching, educational and useful experiences that can help you grow as a person.
(Examples of paid programs one can apply for during a gap year: Teach for America, Peace Corps, WorldTeach, AISEC, City Year, etc. There are so many more, I recommend reaching out to your school’s Career Services Center to explore options as well as using your personal network, LinkedIn, etc.)
Two – A gap year can provide you with valuable experience for graduate or professional school as well as absolutely crucial time to prepare your applications for your next educational endeavor. For example: if you hope to apply to medical school one day, taking a year off can allow you to work as a CNA, EMT, or in laboratory, which gives you valuable clinical experience that then enhances your application to graduate school.
Three – Space to breathe. We live in an increasingly interconnected world and while I am excited and hopeful for the opportunities technology continues to bring us, I think now, more than ever, it is important to take time to disconnect and enjoy the simple things in life. A gap year might allow you to focus on a simpler and more meaningful lifestyle and also give you more time with your friends and family, especially if you’ve been away at university for four years.
Four – An opportunity for international travel – It is a lot easier to travel when you are young and healthy and do not have the added expense and responsibility of children and there are numerous programs that allow you to travel cheaply or even free in exchange for teaching English, nannying, or interning in a foreign country, very cool!
Five – A chance to broaden your skill set other than through traditional means – Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? Learn how to code your own WordPress Theme? Take a photography workshop? A gap year program that provides for your living expenses might also leave you ample free time to pursue your true passions. There are SO MANY amazing things in this world and I hope I have time to see and experience them all. I have always loved school but as I get older I realize more and more that there are experiences and wisdom I can only gain from being willing to try new things and leave my comfort zone. (Launching my blog in October 2015 being a prime example.)
Six – The discovery of what you are truly passionate about. Did you go to college and major in business but have no idea what that actually means for your future life and career?
A gap year spent interning for an accounting firm might convince you that a career in accounting is EXACTLY the right path for you, OR, you might realize that you’re much more interested in Marketing and Public Relations and you can use your internship from your Gap Year to propel you into a PR and Marketing Career. It is much, much, easier to take time off and then enter Corporate America than it is to enter the workforce unfocused and confused as to what you are interested in or want to spend many years of your life devoted to.
Seven – Health. We’ve all death with stress, anxiety and burnout, taking time-off, even if it’s not a traditional gap year might allow you to resume your education, career or next great adventure, happier, healthier and with a renewed focus on your goals, dreams and ambitions. 🙂
I hope you all enjoyed this post! I welcome your feedback and thoughts in the comments section. I read all of them and try to respond to all of them as well.
I’d love if you tweeted me (@hmsjewels) with the hashtag #girlbossmonday with your thoughts, ideas, or feedback about this post and if you, yourself have ever taken a gap year or have ever considered taking one?
Hi friends! I am so sorry for the late post and especially sorry to those of you who normally read this on Monday mornings. I normally try to schedule my posts so that they go live by 6am but that doesn’t always happen and sometimes the beach happens 🙂
1- How Tech Killed Fashion Week – Another excellent article from Amy Boone about how technology is disrupting the fashion industry.
2- Barriers Today for Women – Excellent and unbiased article from NPR about barriers to success for women today that aren’t as obvious or visible as previous generation’s barriers to women
First, much of today’s bias is implicit, not explicit. Women are much less likely to be told that they don’t belong in the lab, and people may be less likely to believe that they don’t. But both men and women are influenced by implicit biases — stereotypes and associations that can subtly and unconsciously influence their decisions and evaluations regarding others and themselves. For instance, one recent study found that both male and female participants were twice as likely to select a man over a woman to complete a mathematical task, even when they had no evidence that the man would perform the task better.
3- 25-year-old Caitlin Covington turns Southern-sweet fashion blog into gold Everyone reading Girl Boss Monday right now should stop and read this lovely and well-written article about Caitlin Covington. I went to college with her at UNC-Chapel Hill and it is so exciting to see a fellow blogger have so much success! (Speaking of #girlbosses) I am endlessly fascinated by millennial women supporting themselves with real salaries doing things they truly love and are truly passionate about. Blogging? Fashion? Art? Music? Digital Media? You can make it happen!
4- Every Resource a Full-Time Freelancer Could Ever Need (Plus Some)
5- Michelle Obama teams up with Missy Elliott and Kelly Clarkson.. This was too cute not to share 🙂 Go Michelle!
Hi friends, keeping Girl Boss Monday short and sweet today as I am traveling and will not be near my computer for very long today.
I hope you all had a wonderful, restful, weekend!
As usual, here are my top picks for news concerning millennial women in the past week.
1- What Every Successful Woman Entrepreneur Should Know: Advice From Five Unstoppable Women, I thought this article might be particularly relevant to those of us working in the digital space and the blogosphere 🙂
2- Special International Women’s Day Q&A With Ellyn Shook of Accenture, This is an interview with Ellyn Shook of Accenture, a leading global management and consulting firm. #girlboss #womenshistorymonth #internationalwomensday
Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. It’s a powerful way to focus your energy in one direction with a tremendous result. TalentSmart tested emotional intelligence alongside 33 other important workplace skills, and found that emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of performance, explaining a full 58% of success in all types of jobs.
4- Only 11% of Top Business School Case Studies Have a Female Protagonist – Is it an issue that only 11 percent of case studies in classwork at a Top Business School represent women? What do you think of this? Some people might say that that’s perfectly reasonable if women only make up 11 percent of business settings… but should we as a society strive to have 50/50 representation in business? I know it would make my life a lot easier and happier! Thoughts?
5- How Single Women Are Transforming American Politics (You should check out this article if only because Beyoncé is in it :-))
Hi friends!! Happy Monday, here’s my roundup of the best articles related to women from this past week!
1- Even on eBay, women get paid less for their labor “…Researchers found that when the seller of these popular items was self-identified as female, the auction got fewer bids and a lower final price. For used items, the gender gap was small, with female sellers getting 3% less money on average. But for new products, women received only 80 cents for every dollar that men got for auctioning a similar product on eBay, the team reports today in Science Advances. The reputation scores of the sellers could not account for that difference, nor could any of the auction options such as the “buy it now” or initial prices. The most striking example was gift cards—vouchers for a fixed amount of money that can be spent at certain stores—for which the gender gap persisted, even though the value is obviously the same no matter the seller.” via Science Magazine
2- President Obama is considering nominating the first woman and the first African American to head up the Library of Congress, read, “Obama’s poised to make a black woman one of the most powerful people in tech”
3- #ShareTheLoad Campaign
“…As women increasingly make gains in the professional world, there is a growing call for their partners to share the workload at home. Even if it’s just marketing, Ariel India’s #ShareTheLoad commercial asks an important question—Is laundry only a woman’s job?—and answers it boldly: Nope.”
4- These Are the Best Cities for Women In Tech (Bloggers and Digital Media Enthusiasts Included)
5-Interesting article from the New Republic about the Difference between Men and Women’s Brains
Happy Monday! Here’s the latest installment of Girl Boss Monday!
I should mention, the primary goal of this series is to provide a recap of the top five pieces of news related to women in the past week. I try to choose things that I think are especially relevant to the women who read my blog: smart, intelligent millennial women who want to have the best balance between their work and personal life.
1- I thought this article was fascinating because it describes how Blythe Masters is pioneering new technology to make trading stocks faster and easier (this is huge news, normally when you trade a stock it can take hours or days for the trade to go through and you can lose time and money if the share price changes depending on the brokerage company you’re working with) If you’re curious about how investing technology is changing read more here
2- I know I keep repeating over and over again the importance of women investing for themselves but it’s SO CRUCIAL… women live longer than men and because of the gender pay gap they make less money so they in fact have to work longer and harder to retire at the same level of comfort and security…. not so if you start investing your money smartly and wisely. Read the full article here (“8 Myths that Hold Women Back from Investing”)
3- On the above note, here’s the best investment advice for women now: read here
4- This is an interview with Adriana Gascoigne, CEO and founder of Girls in Tech, Inc. about the importance of encouraging more girls learn how to code and more importantly get excited about coding and technology! read it and listen to it here
(Spoiler: If you have a self-hosted blog or are blogging in general you’ve probably already gotten your feet wet in regards to learning some manner of coding or knowledge about computer science… if you’re ever looking for a career change consider that a lot of computer science and technology courses are self-paced and can be done on your own time and independently… that’s a pretty powerful concept when you think about the flexibility a career like that could give you if you’re trying to balance life, work and family/loved ones)
Are any of you learning how to code or interested in technology or computer science?
Or, are any of you interested in making the jump to blogging full-time with all the accompanying digital marketing, graphic design, content creation and analytics that come with it?
It is so exciting to me to see the growth of the technology industry and how many people are making the jump to careers that give them more flexibility and freedom but also provide a steady income… there are a lot of options from blogging to website design and development services to offering advice or career expertise via an online platform.
5- Finally, if you don’t do anything else today please take a look at the Gates Foundation’s Annual Letter. They focus on the unequal distribution of time between men and women. Did you know that women do the primary amount of unpaid work around the house compared to men? In India this ratio is SIX TO ONE…. how ridiculous is that? In 2016, the majority of women work full-time… why should they also be responsible for cooking, cleaning, taking care of children and everything else that goes into calculating “unpaid labor” all on their own? Please speak up in your own relationships and life and make sure that there is an equitable division between you and your partner.
Read the full Gate’s Letter here if you’re curious about learning more about “time poverty”
How do you guys balance work at home versus your regular job? How do you divide up the work fairly between your significant other and yourself if you have one?
Here’s an interesting graphic to better illustrate the points I just mentioned:
Hi Friends! Happy Monday! I hope your Monday is short and your coffee is strong. 😉
I started Girl Boss Monday a couple of months ago to showcase my weekly picks of what is important in the world of female empowerment, more specifically helpful tips, tricks and articles geared towards women and their finances, career, relationships, life, etc.
My posting schedule has been a bit erratic due to multiple job interviews, life in general and a very cute puppy…but this week things are slowing down a bit and I will hopefully be on a consistent posting schedule for the near future.
With that said, here are my picks for Girl Boss Monday:
***Updated: Have to throw this article in before the rest about how women should manage money in their 20s. The article is GREAT. It has a ton of strategies and savings tips geared specifically towards women and was written by Sallie Krawcheck (Google her if you haven’t heard the name, she’s amazing!) Read the article HERE
1- I thought this article about women in finance was very interesting. The article is from the Wall Street Journal and it discusses new research that suggests that Female CEOs of banks have a lower risk of failure and default than those run by their male counterparts. Who knows if the study and research are accurate but it is an interesting idea nonetheless.
“Of the 7,000 U.S. commercial banks we examined, those with female CEOs and chairmen held about 5% to 6% more equity capital than male-led banks and had lower default risk.” Read more here
2- This article is from Forbes and it discusses how to manage finances between couples and how to get back on your feet professionally. If you’re interested read more here
3- This article is from Levo League and discusses 9 ways to triple your income in the next 6 months, it’s particularly about building your blogging brand and how to cultivate relationships with brands Read more here
4- I thought this article was so sweet! It is a recommendation for a book to read each year of your twenties. Read the article here
5- Finally, here are “3 Ways to Thrive in a Virtual Home Office” Article here
Hi ladies! Happy Monday! Below you will find the third installment of Girl Boss Monday and what I’ve been reading about this week!
1- If you live on the East Coast you’ll have probably seen some snow in the past week and a half or so, especially in Washington, D.C., apparently only female senators and staffers showed up to run the Senate this past Tuesday, January 26th…. talk about girl power and resiliency! You can read the full article here
2-If you’ve been following the stock markets you may have noticed that stocks are down across all industries, this article, written by Sallie Krawcheck, a former investment banker, discusses how women should react and how women should invest in an economic downtown, read more here
3-The New York Times just published an article discussing the beer company, Coors Light and their efforts to feature advertising that shows women in a positive and empowering light, (pun intended), props to this company for not portraying women as silly or uneducated in a room full of men drinking, you can read the full article here
4-The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland was held last week and this article gives some highlights for what the women who attended the forum were up to and what their particular contributions were. It’s definitely worth reading and you can learn quite a bit about world politics and world events from the lens of some pretty incredible women who are helping shape international policy. I thought the most interesting take-away from this article was that companies could save 19 BILLION dollars a year if they had parental leave…why? Because finding, hiring, training, and keeping employees is expensive. You can read more here
5-This article gives three simple things that companies can do to invest and support their female employees, more here
What was your favorite article this week? Do you have any suggestions for how I can improve or add to this series every Monday?
Hi Ladies! This is the third week of my “Girl Boss Monday” series, some of these articles are really interesting and I hope you’ll take the time to read at least one or two of them as you go about your day. I realize it’s Tuesday but the week is already flying by and I am running a bit behind, forgive the misnomer in the post’s title!
Also, if you have any suggestions for content or what this series should focus on please don’t hesitate to comment and let me know!
1- This is a great article about the history of fashion combined with new disruptions in technology, I found it extremely interesting that the idea of couture or fashion houses were not around until after the 1900s, prior to that time period if you wanted a dress or a beautiful item of clothing the matriarch of the family would sew it OR if you were wealthy enough you could hire a seamstress. It is often easy to forget that the rapid cycling in and out of stores of different clothing styles is only a very recent phenomenon, so if you’re interested in learning more, you can read more here
2- Sephora is one of my favorite retailers and I am happy to report that they just became even more likable, Sephora is helping female beauty entrepreneurs through the creation of their own tech incubator. Sephora is going to provide funding and mentorship to female founders as part of a larger social justice initiative for the company, the incubator is called “SEPHORA ACCELERATE”… read more here This is perhaps another great reason to purchase copious amounts of makeup from my favorite store 🙂
3- Salesforce spent approximately 3 million dollars to close the gender pay gap and ensure that the salaries of their female employees were on par with their male employees, more here
4-Ellevate Network (a women’s career and empowerment network that provides mentorship, networking, information, events, etc.) published an article the other day and there were some very neat financial tips for women… for example: if you make $85,000 a year, asking for a raise to place your salary as equivalent to a man’s level can net you an additional $1.7 million dollars over the course of your life. Takeaway? Negotiate and ask for that raise ladies! here
5- This last article is from NPR and while it isn’t directly related to female empowerment or women in business, it is very useful financial advice, especially if you’re a recent graduate and curious about your finances. The article is based on a podcast that essentially states that all the personal finance advice you need to know can be found on an index card, read the rationale and what’s written on the index card here
What was your favorite article from this list this week? Do you look more favorably upon Sephora now, given their support of female entrepreneurs?
Happy Monday Ladies! I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start! I’m off to Charlotte, North Carolina for a few days. Let me know your restaurant recommendations and thoughts. I’d love to go to a nice dinner while I am there…. or if you’re a blogger in the area, let me know your schedule and perhaps we can meet up! 🙂
This is the second installment in my weekly “Girl Boss Monday” Series which I’m hoping to indefinitely continue depending on the feedback I receive and whether or not my readers enjoy it!
With that said, here is my weekly round-up of topics and articles related to women, women in finance, technology, savings strategies, etc. and a quick synopsis of all of them:
1- Women in Silicon Valley
This article, from Elle UK discusses the need for more women in technology and also states that “One of the most commonly encountered issues was the 88% of women that had experienced questions that should have been addressed to them (the woman), being asked to their male colleagues in the room,” a disappointing statistic to say the least. Are any of you ladies interning at tech startups or interested in entrepreneurship? Click here to read the article
2- Female Astronauts Headed To Mars
“For the first time NASA’s latest class of astronauts is 50 percent female”…and they’re part of a group of astronauts planning a trip to Mars in the next 15 of so years, talk about inspiring + brave! click here to read the full article
3- WedPics Engagement and Wedding Mobile App
For those of you who are recently engaged or think that might be an upcoming possibility, here is an app you can download for free that makes sharing and viewing wedding pictures super easy, the startup is actually based in Raleigh, North Carolina and is backed by several venture capitalists all over the Southeast, if you’re interested in using the app or learning more about the company, click here to learn more
4- Accenture Makes Commitment to Hire More Women by 2017
This article is more than a week old but relevant since I stumbled across it on LinkedIn, Accenture, which is a global professional services firm that mainly dabbles in finance, consulting and business strategy has announced that they want to have their 40 percent of their workforce represented by women by the year 2017…. huge news for such a large and well-respected company. If you’re interested in learning more about their goals, click here
5- Career Tips to Energize you in the New Year
This is an article from Ellevate, an international women’s career network, (google them to find a chapter in your area if you’re a young professional woman), and this article talks about quality career habits to utilize in the New Year, click here to learn more
Have you ever considered joining a startup? What do you think of gender and hiring inequalities?
Hi lovelies, welcome back to HMS Jewels. I hope everyone had a restful and wonderful New Year’s and a breathtaking Christmas and holiday season. Happy Monday!!!
In addition to my resolution this year to consistently start using a DSLR Camera for my fashion and clothing blog posts, I’ve decided that Monday’s will be reserved for career and financial advice geared especially towards the young professional female, whether you are in college, a recent graduate like myself, or still in high school, Mondays on HMS Jewels are going to be “Girl Boss Monday’s.”
I’ll post and write about a curated list of the past week’s happenings and events related to finance, professional development, career advice, etc. etc. all specifically targeted towards women and channeling your inner girl boss 😉
1- This past week Forbes Magazine released their list of who they deemed to be the best in their field, the annual list is called “30 Under 30” and it is divided by category…. check out the “30 Under 30” in Finance and some of the inspiring women on the list here
2- Sallie Krawcheck, formerly head of various investment banking departments at Sanford Bernstein and Bank of America Merrill Lynch just wrote an article about financial advice she would give her daughter, you can read that here
3- The beautiful and talented Emma Watson just announced she was creating her own book club! Read more and join here
4- Another great article about why 2016 will be beneficial to female entrepreneurs, read the full article from Forbes here
What news sources do you read to stay updated on Current Events? Have you ever joined a book club?