Politics Can’t Be a Man’s World

Politics Can’t Be a Man’s World
The 2014 election cycle brought with it sweeping changes. Depending on your politics, these changes may have been welcome or they may have been dreaded. Regardless of your political leanings, when the 114th Congress begins in January, we will have a few breakthroughs for all women to (cautiously) celebrate. Women are a big deal. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, politicians have finally taken notice that women make up half of the population and ever since 1920, they’ve ... Read more
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So, Ummm, What to, Like, Avoid During Presentations, Sort Of

So, Ummm, What to, Like, Avoid During Presentations, Sort Of
It’s challenging to give a good presentation. It takes experience, creativity, and talent (whether inherent or learned) to engage listeners and convey information in a way that is both entertaining and informative. Regardless of the importance of the information presented, the slick appearance of the slides, or the credentials of the presenter, there is one way that speakers can detract from their message and ultimately lose their audience. There are certain words that can ruin any ... Read more
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Much Ado About a Name

Much Ado About a Name
On September 27, George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin. It was a hard to miss story, taking up more news time on TV and in print than events that actually have an impact on people’s lives. However, I did have to chuckle at the headline “Internationally acclaimed barrister Amal Alammudin marries an actor.” After all, she’s not just the most famous bride in the world, she is also well known for her work in international human rights law. She has represented Julian Assange (of Wikileaks fame) ... Read more
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The Grandmother Reduction

The Grandmother Reduction
She has been arguably the most influential First Lady in our nation’s history and set the stage for comprehensive healthcare reform. She has served as a U.S. Senator and Secretary of State. She’s come close to being the first female President and it’s highly likely that we may call her Madame President within the next few years. Regardless of your politics, it’s inarguable that Hilary Rodham Clinton has made an indelible mark on the fabric of our society. Yet, when I was watching ABC News ... Read more
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Promoting STEM. Forgetting Society?

Promoting STEM. Forgetting Society?
Everywhere you turn, companies, schools, and individuals are pouring attention and resources into making sure that women and girls are entering the STEM professions, which are science, technology, engineering, and math. The White House has a “Women in STEM” initiative. Goldie Blox, the girl-centric engineering toy sets saw a meteoric rise after a commercial depicting little girls constructing a complex contraption went viral. There is even a “STEMinist” movement. We’ve come a long way since ... Read more
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Choosing a Career in Nonprofits

Choosing a Career in Nonprofits
Omar Garrett, a marketing manager with LinkedIn, recently wrote a piece in the New York Times encouraging young people to consider work in nonprofit organizations. He notes that only one in 10 “career-oriented” graduates (those with majors in program like business and engineering) plan to pursue work in a nonprofit. Stating that although other career-paths offer a surer path to financial and professional success, nonprofits need new grads who in turn can gain vital skills and prove ... Read more
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I’m Annoyed Writing This Blog…

I’m Annoyed Writing This Blog…
I was recently searching for a picture to accompany the blog post “Mind Your Own Business” which is about focusing on your job tasks and not interfering with colleagues’ roles and responsibilities. I went to a popular stock photography website and based on the content of the blog, I simply entered the search term “annoying.” Guess what popped up. I very well could have searched for “annoying woman” or “nagging girlfriend/wife” or “neurotic mother” because the vast majority of photos were of ... Read more
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The Book

The Book
  100 Ways to Start Smart and Get Ahead in Your Career Introduction Betsy Clark Women who entered the workforce during the 1970s and 1980s did not have as many choices as young women today. Some graduate programs and some occupations were almost closed to women. Each of us from that era has memories of fighting sexism and inequality in the workplace. I can recall a professor who told me I “worked under too many handicaps” to get a doctorate. When I asked what they were, he ... Read more
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Contact Us

Contact Us
Call Us:                       408.753.SSCC (7722) Email Elizabeth:   Elizabeth.Hoffler@startsmartcareercenter.org Email Betsy:           Elizabeth.Clark@startsmartcareercenter.org Read more
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Mentoring Matters

Mentoring Matters
Start Smart Career Center is offering our free e-book, “Mentoring Matters” to individuals who are interested in learning about all aspects of the mentoring process including how they can seek a mentor, how they can enhance their own skills as a mentor, and how to strengthen a mentoring relationship. Simply visit our homepage and sign up for Start Smart Career Center email updates at the top of the page. You will receive your free e-book today.  How important is it to have a mentor? Is it ... Read more
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