Tag: Career

How I ended up with a pin up poster in my work cubicle

Once upon a time I was a twenty-something woman-in-tech, and I had a poster of a buxom beer wench in my cubicle. It wasn’t my poster (or at least not at first). But it was in my cubicle (or what had become my cubicle) until it wasn’t. It was the 90s, and I was working as a... Read more »

Always ask for more money

Always ask for more money
Recently a friend of mine got a new job. I’m older and have more professional experience, but I won’t degrade our relationship by calling it mentoring. Still, I try to give her good advice when I can, which is why when I found out she got the job I told her, “Ask for more money.” “Do I... Read more »

I was on the Women Killing It! podcast

I was on the Women Killing It! podcast
In case you missed the shameless self-promoting I did on Twitter and Facebook, I was interviewed for an episode of the Women Killing It! podcast. I talked about balancing my day job and my writing. I also talked about the challenges of working with men, and I shared some advice from a mentor (that long time readers may... Read more »
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Even strong women cry (sometimes at work)

Even strong women cry (sometimes at work)
Recently a good friend and mentor from my work transferred back to Washington, D.C. after her yearlong rotation in Chicago. Before she left, a few of us were standing around the common area in our office. Someone suggested that we do a roast/celebration for my friend during her last team meeting with us. They said I should tell... Read more »

How conferences and training events can better support moms (and dads)

How conferences and training events can better support moms (and dads)
Going to conferences and training events can be vital for sharpening your skills and maintaining a strong professional network. Unfortunately, many mothers avoid conferences and multi-day training courses because of parenting-related challenges. When I asked about this on Facebook I was flooded with women (and a few men) sharing reasons they didn’t attend professional events,... Read more »

My bad career choice made this all possible

Advice I often give people is don’t be lured into taking a job just because you will make more money. There is always another job offering even more money. If salary is your measure of success you will never be content. I think it’s good advice even though if I hadn’t been lured to take... Read more »
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I did not take my laptop on vacation (but I considered it)

I told the manager for the project I’m leading that I had vacation scheduled but planned to bring my laptop. She very specifically told me not to bring my laptop on vacation. Because she hasn’t worked with me long, I’m pretty sure she thinks I am a workaholic who can’t unplug. I guess it’s an... Read more »

I got all my work stuff done this week!

Woohoo! I actually got all my work stuff done this week. I had a lot of things to do to meet some important deadlines, and I got it all done! I wasn’t sure I’d make it. Despite having very productive days, my to do list kept ending up longer at the end of the day... Read more »

At least Hillary won't have to train the man who got her job (like I did)

There are many unpleasant realities of the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. One is that yet again a qualified woman lost a job to a less qualified man. At least Hillary Clinton will not suffer the indignity of having to train and work for the man who took her job as so many... Read more »
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I wasn't sexually harassed by my first boss, but my coworkers were

I wasn't sexually harassed by my first boss, but my coworkers were
Last month I wrote about my welcome to “women in tech” moment. Of course, for many women their welcome to tech moment (or congratulations on staying in tech moment) is worse than a mistaken handshake at a Christmas party. For many women that moment involves sexual harassment, and that first moment is rarely the last.... Read more »