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A Job that Works Can Stop Working

Just like you change over time, your feelings about and relationship with your work will change over time, too. It took me forever, but I finally realized and processed that it was okay that my feelings towards my museum career had faded.

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Reflections on women in (my) workplace

International Women’s Day is coming up and #metoo has been inescapable this year, with good reason, I might add. While I’m not going to comment on that specifically, I will use this moment to reflect on women in my workplace. One of the reasons I’ve been so content in my work since landing (back) in academia has been that I have been fortunate to land in a field where I am mentored by, work for, and work alongside amazingly talented, skilled, intelligent, and compassionate women. In fact, since joining my current university department more than 7 years ago, I have consistently heard that the field I work in – which I’m not going to identify due to privacy concerns – is more than 75% women. Industry-wide, not just in my corner of the work world at my university. That turns out to be true. In fact, I guess the most recent data now show that the workforce is actually closer to 85% women. And so perhaps my own experience of working amongst a team of inspiring women leaders may not be unique, no matter where I go next. That is great news to me! And yet, we still have miles to go. Let’s talk about three problems that brings to bear.

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Why I needed a backup plan

Even when you know what work you want, now more than ever, you need strategies, skills, and approaches to take control of your career for when things change. Because they will.

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Why I started this blog

I frequently find myself talking with grad students or recent Ph.D.s who say things that make me realize they haven’t even researched their career outlooks and planned out their options, nevermind considered the possibility of finding no job in their field.

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