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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How to Survive That First Mediocre Job

How to Survive That First Mediocre Job
Most of us are always looking for direction in our lives, especially our work lives. This search starts in high school when parents, school counselors, friends, and others begin asking what you plan to major in when you go to college.  Few high school students can answer this question with clarity. You finally select a college, but it may take a year or two to nail down a major. The sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. Even within a major, there are choices to be made about ... 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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Presence Has Consequences

Presence Has Consequences
In a recent article by Christine Bader posted on FastCompany, the author speaks about the need for businesses to broaden their scope and to look beyond their corporate walls to the people and communities they affect. She further notes that the MSW (master’s degree in social work) might be the new MBA. I would argue that it shouldn’t be one or the other, but a synergy of the best competencies of both professions. Social workers do bring a unique perspective to their work. Their ... Read more
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Curb Your Enthusiasm

The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, 100 Ways to Start Smart and Stay Ahead in Your Career. Many of us have heard about Pollyanna, the little girl who always saw a silver lining for every situation, who always found something to be glad about even in dire situations. Today, the word itself is used to refer to a person who is unusually upbeat and optimistic, perhaps overly so. There is even a concept in psychology literature called the “Pollyanna Principle” ... Read more
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The Positive Side of Power

Recently, I attended a conference on women and power. It brought together 600 business women and provided a wonderful opportunity for networking and learning. The keynote address was given by Katty Kay, the anchor for BBC World News America, and was based on her recent book, The Confidence Code. Katty spoke about the differences in confidence levels between men and women and she discussed how women can gain self-confidence by taking more risks and daring to be authentic. In her book, Katty ... Read more
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100 Ways to Start Smart

100 Ways to Start Smart
Our first book on nonprofit leadership for women, 100 Ways to Start Smart and Stay Ahead in Your Career will be available soon. It is a collection of 100 essays which provide professional advice for young women starting their careers in the nonprofit sector. 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 ... 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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