In today’s world, where many industries are still very male-dominated, being able to “make it” as a woman means having to learn how to successfully navigate disproportionately male workplaces, such as investment banking to today’s top money making STEM professions, the ratio of women in the workplace, and those rising to the “top” is less than ideal. In fields such a higher education as well, where people often assume gender-neutrality and equality, women only hold 31 percent of full professors at postsecondary institutions. In fact, the higher one goes in the educational system, the fewer women are present. Check out these five tips for succeeding in a male dominated workplace.
Even though social media use varies from one person to the next, anyone looking to make a good impression in today’s world should be mindful of how they present themselves online. Each of us is familiar with the standard rules of online etiquette and knows generally to be conscious of what we post. However we often forget the simpler, more insidious social media mistakes that we might not realize are hurting our job prospects and even relationships with our current colleagues.
Millennials face unique challenges in the workplace as technology advances to unite the global community, especially as Generation X approaches retirement. Issues arise with management, job satisfaction and stability. The world is shifting, and millennials are eager for upgrades. This generation will unite technology with social consciousness for both humanity and the individual. It’s not just business anymore.
How are you supposed to know when it’s time to make a career change? Maybe what you thought was going to be ground-breaking work in college didn’t quite turn out how you thought it would. Or maybe you were unsure all along and were forced to make a decision but now you’re ready to make a better choice for yourself. Whatever your reasons, changing your career path in your 20s is definitely doable!
Believe in yourself.
It sounds so easy, but why is it so hard? I can't tell you how many times I've started and stopped a project in my life. How many times I've given up. How many times I've let rejection or others criticism define me.
As a career and business coach I often get consultation requests in which I have prospective clients complete a questionnaire and almost unanimously, the clients talk about fear, uncertainty, or lack of clarity holding them back in their careers or businesses.
This weeks episode of the "Inspiring Millennials" vlog series is with Alyssa Coleman! Alyssa is a Holistic Nutritionist and yoga teacher. During the vlog Alyssa shares her experience in switching career paths, launching a business and the mistakes she made, and how she transitioned to having a successful on-line business. Alyssa gives actionable advice on business and self-care during the interview.
You’ve heard it before: when it comes to landing a job and developing your career, networking is everything. Personal connections will accelerate your professional development in a way that e-mails and ads simply can’t. Networking can be a different kind of challenge for introverts since large networking events can be a bit intimidating and exhausting. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about what introverts are like. Being an introvert just means that I need time in a quiet, peaceful environment to offset the time I spend socializing. Depending on what kind of introvert you are, the amount of alone time you need might be different, but it’s true that we all need it. How do you balance being a young professional who is putting yourself out into the business world and being an introvert?
Well as many of you know from yesterday's Wanderlust Wednesday post and my Instagram, I've been traveling across the United States these last two weeks and meeting the most inspiring people! I decided I needed to do a round-up post of some of my favorite entrepreneurs and bloggers who have inspired me in my business so here it goes:
ecently on Instagram somebody asked how to create content your audience will love I think this is an issue that we all struggle with as bloggers or writers. For me, what has personally worked is finding things that I am currently going through. This allows me to feel more passionate about the topic as I write. It makes it a whole heck of a lot easier to infuse my personality when I am excited about something. So how can you be engaging on-line? I want to give you a few ideas for creating content that have worked well with me:
Vacation time isn’t the only reason you’ll have to bring something to your boss’ attention. What if you have a major issue with a co-worker? Think you should be considered for a promotion? What if you want to interview somewhere else for a new position? Perhaps you made a huge mistake on the company’s behalf, and you now must explain this to your department head. Making these types of conversations fun might be a stretch, but keeping them pleasant, professional, and to-the-point is certainly not. Let us help! Here are a few ways to make these conversations easy as can be.
Erica Ligenza is 22-year-old full-time influencer and marketing strategist from the Wharton School with a love for happy people, strong coffee, bold lipsticks and killer branding. She believes in living in your passions and currently works with brands as a content influencer, creates courses for aspiring bloggers and entrepreneurs, and builds brand strategies for savvy business owners. She nerds out over big words and cool documentaries, collecting coffee mugs with quotes, and helping people have branding breakthroughs. She is also the blogger behind www.cominguprosestheblog.com (CUR)!
Everybody says to "follow your passion" but is passion a concrete thing? Can millennials classify it as one thing.
I’d been working and gaining experience since I was 16 in a variety of different fields.
There was freelance photography, working on higher education political initiatives, marketing, but struggled to figure out my dream career when I came across a book called The Art of Work*.
While I didn’t know it at the time, it would prove to be the exact thing I needed to get me thinking how I would move forward in my life.
Kayla Hollatz is a community and branch coach to creative entrepreneurs as well as the founder of Create Lounge, a community whose hub is a weekly Twitter chat.
I first discovered Kayla during Maya Elious's Master Your Market Summit. Kayla's personality will absolutely draw you in! Seriously, just try to not want to be friends with her during this vlog, it's impossible! No wonder she became an expert community coach!
Any tips for the workforce transition and how to find balance between work, school and finding your own passion outside of it all? If you're anything like I was... I was itching by the end of my last year in college to get to "the real world" - I think it was more of the unknown of what laid ahead that had me itching, than actually wanting to be out of college. I wanted to "just know" what was going to happen post-college life.
When you are in the wrong job, not only is it a major mood killer but it can also take a toll on your mental state, health, and overall well-being. I am a firm believer in sticking things through, including sticking through a not-so-desirable job if you are learning, and it means a possible opportunity to something you really want to do in your life. But there is an exception to that belief. Sometimes, a work environment is just toxic, or it could be that you are not the right person for the job. Whatever the reason, sometimes it’s just time to move on. Here are ten signs it is time for you to quit your job.
Since college, Sami Kattan has been traveling all over the world and building multiple businesses, including Nomad's Land. He is a talented and skilled videographer and has worked to blend his creative self with his business mind (for any creativepreneurs out there you know that struggle is real!).
I decided I needed to do a quick PSA about e-mail etiquette. It's one of those things that I really struggled to learn as an early twenty something, and often found myself crying and screaming "come back, come back!" Whether its because I sounded dumb, for got something, or wrote something full of typos and emoji's, I've probably made every e-mail mistake in the book! So here are 10 tips to perfect email etiquette for your twenties.
Stefanie O'Connell is a millennial finance expert and published author of "The Broke and Beautiful Life". Stefanie shares her advice for twenty somethings on finances and life. Before becoming a financial expert, Stefanie was an actress, and during the height of the recession circa 2009, Stefanie had a wake up call and decided her life had a new mission: #BreakingBroke. Since then she has been seen on countless publications and uses her experience and wisdom to inspire and educate others. - The Confused Millennial, Inspiring Millennials Series
Over the last two weeks, the topic of personal branding has come up a lot for my audience. Whether you are seeking traditional employment, launching a side hustle, or taking the full leap into self employment a strong personal brand can be a major asset to reaching whatever your career goals are (whether it's a promotion, your next client, or sale).
Kayla Buell is the Lost Gen Y Girl, maybe you've read her blog? Or better yet, her book The Twenty Somethings Guide to the Corporate World? Seriously it is laugh out loud funny, completely relatable, and packed with actionable advice. I wish I had this book when I was starting in the corporate world. It's full of the unspoken language they should've taught us in school.
No matter how many coaches you work with or courses you take, I don't think anything can really prepare you for the roller coaster that is your first course launch.... at least not for me. I just needed to go through the launch in order to learn these lessons, even if people said them to me in the past, they didn't really sink in until I loved it.
I'm on a high and ready to start adulting. Any college senior or recent graduate will tell you the number one question everyone's asking them is, “are you going to get your master's degree?” If they don't ask that then it's almost always about post graduate employment. After the multiple questions on graduate school and work life after college I was still settled on not attending grad school. So how did I get my master's degree?
"Inspiring Millennials" is with Invibed co-founder Dani Pascarella.
Dani talks all about how she transitioned from her corporate 9-5 to building her business.
Dani talks about her strategy for easing into building your business while still supporting yourself and having a safety net.
Tayo is the founding editor of BrandEdU and the CEO of UYD Media. Both companies are committed to helping millennials pursue their passions in careers they love while making a difference. His work has been seen on the Huffington Post, Among Worlds Magazine as well as Global Living Magazine. He is an authority on Third Culture Kids and assimilation into new cultures. He is the author of The Ultimate Guide To TCK Living and through his podcast and blog, he is heard and read by thousands of people in over 100 countries.
Incase you missed it: every Monday we are doing a new kind of #MotivationalMonday here at The Confused Millennial! We launched TCM Tv last week with our first episode of the "Inspiring Millennial" Series (watch the first episode here).
I am so excited for the launch of the "Inspiring Millennials" Series and have been receiving such great feedback that I decided to launch a bonus episode this week!
In this bonus episode I chat with a mentor of mine, Scott Barlow, who is truly the best career coach I have come across. Why is he the best? Because he has lived it!
My hands shook with excitement as I hung up the phone and did a full on happy dance on the middle of the crowded street. I GOT THE INTERVIEW! I could barely get the text out to my boyfriend, I was shaking so much with excitement… and then the nerves settled in.
We are all heroes to someone in life. No matter what you think of yourself, someone somewhere has been influenced by your decisions and actions.
As a young Millennial I seek to change the world one person at a time. These six folks have directly or indirectly influenced my life and shaped me as the man I am today:
April is National Stress Awareness Month and this April seems more stressful than any April has before! Is anyone else experiencing drastic life changes lately? I feel like every week a different area of my life is being flipped upside down on it's head, and practicing stress reduction techniques are more important than ever for me!
In business we write mission statements to show our consumers our heart and soul. A mission statements showcases that we are more focused on a movement than money. It brings employees together, it bonds us with our consumer, and it acts as a guiding light when we are tested or challenged.
When applying to college we write a "personal statement", similar to a mission statement, but