Sometimes getting bored on the job is a good thing. After graduating with a communications degree from the University of Maryland, Chinese native Mei Xu looked for her ideal corporate job in Washington, DC. No such job appeared though and she ultimately accepted a job offer with a New York-based company in the medical equipment industry. Mei realized all too quickly that she was disenchanted by the joyless, mismatched work she faced each day, and knew it was time to try something different.
Imagine being offered an opportunity to manage a Congressional office but turning down the offer because you weren't sure you were ready for the responsibility. Envision the alternative too: accepting the role and getting the opportunity to meet global leaders, strengthen office operations, and work on historic legislative initiatives. Both scenarios happened to Maya Rockeymoore, now the founder and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a boutique social change strategy firm in Washington, DC. At the age of 27, Texas-born Rockeymoore accepted the role of Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor under Congressman Charles Rangel.
Over the course of writing my book, I got to sit down with some truly incredibly women. Their quotes are woven throughout the book and I always felt that they helped the book really come to life. Until today, it hadn't occurred to me to sit down and list some of my favorite quotes - so here you go. These tidbits definitely shifted my thinking and I hope they do the same for you...
Once you've built an unshakable foundation at your job, consider how you can maximize your combined skill set. Are there activities that can propel your job further--cementing your positive reputation?
Below are some examples of ways to boost your contribution, categorized into areas where you can leverage either interpersonal or technical skills. Taking on such additional activities, once you are competent in your role, can help to brand you as proactive and solution-oriented. Plus, beyond enhancing your résumé, participating in the activities shown below can also expose you to senior management and departments other than your own.
While I've never had a clear picture of what it's really like to work on Wall Street, I recently devoured three well written books that convinced me otherwise. Consecutively, I read No Backing Down by Tameron Keyes, Susan G. Bell's When the Getting Was Good, and Nina Godiwalla's Suits. Living vicariously through these books, I felt like an observer peering into a rapid-fire culture of high antes, big deals, and even bigger egos.
Office politics. Glass ceiling. Layers of management and indecision. Pick a feature of corporate America, and you'll find a woman who's left it behind to start her own venture. Certainly, there are known tangible and intangible benefits of running your own company. The opportunity to increase wealth, capitalize on an idea, work on your own terms, and enjoy less rigidity in terms of lifestyle are just a few. But when it comes to women, are corporate expats-turned-entrepreneurs repelled by their experiences in big business or simply drawn to launching their own enterprises?
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