Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday writing: the career 20-something

There has been a lot of hype recently around career moms:  women who are trying to "have it all", both at home and in their careers. We've heard from Yahoo!'s CEO, Marissa Mayer, that no one should work from home (while she has a nursery next to her office). We've heard from Facebook's CEO, Sheryl Sandberg, that women with children can have it all, but it is expensive and doesn't work for everyone.

But who is talking about the career 20-something, who doesn't yet have a family of her own? She's that girl who is trying to figure out her career, have a successful relationship, maintain meaningful friendships, and truly find her place in life.

Sure, there's The Everygirl, a site dedicated to 20-somethings with career tips, finance info, and highlights on some fab women. But one website in a sea of over 63 million sites built using Wordpress is not enough. And there are some books on the topic- I read The Quarterlife Crisis a few years ago- but books on the bottom shelf don't help too much if a 20-something reads them but her manager at work has an entirely different view of how to succeed in the workplace.

From what I've read, I've learned to speak up for myself, to sit myself at the table (both literally and figuratively), and not take "no" for an answer. But from real life I've been taught to stay quiet, not to ask for what I want, and to do what my superiors ask without questioning. So what is a girl to do?

Until more people are talking about the 20-something who is working her way into a successful career (anyone?), on the side being a good sister, a great friend, and a fabulous girlfriend, I am going to do what I feel works for me.

Why? Because...

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