Just before the holidays I had the distinct pleasure of moderating the Magazine Writing for Print and Online Panel at the New York Women in Communications, Inc. Student Communications Career Conference. It was a huge event with a ton of energy and an array of powerful women experts. What I learned from those I shared the stage with on this panel is that the wisdom these women shared is not only excellent advice for those pursuing careers in media but for anyone building their career at any age.
The panel consisted of Sharon Clott, Fashion News Editor of InStyle.com, Rachel Mount, editor in the food department of O, The Oprah Magazine, Allison Baker, associate nutrition editor at Self, and Anja Winikka, site editor of TheKnot.com. A great group of energetic and stylish young women with a great deal of wisdom to share. Here were the top takeaways from my viewpoint.
All the panelists agreed that it is far better to take the lead and dig right into a project or opportunity than to sit in your chair and wait for permission from a boss or more senior colleague. You were hired for a reason (even if it is an unpaid internship) and employers want to see you apply your talents, knowledge, and skills. Take some risks, do some legwork, and make recommendations. Then present it or ask for help on the missing pieces. You'll exude more confidence and make a better impression.
Every single person on the panel (myself included) has landed jobs and great opportunities as a result of networking. Yes you need to know what you're doing but it is who you know that can open doors and let you know about opportunities you didn't even know existed. It is the single most important factor in building a strong, long-term career. Don't make it harder than it has to be. Have conversations with people and show people that you genuinely care (and of course be authentic and genuinely care). You never know when the connection you make today can lead to something down the road.
Take it Offline
Each person is quite active online and love digital media (even if they work for a print publication). That said, online is only the start of a relationship. Whenever given the opportunity, take a relationship offline - go out for a drink, have a cup of coffee, attend a social event, or at the very least have a conversation on the phone (if geographically distant).
People are thinking about you a lot less than you think they are. Everyone agreed if there was one thing they could tell their younger self it would be to worry less. It doesn't mean you care less or cut corners, it simply means that you stop wasting precious energy on being stressed and full of worry.
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I know I learned a lot from my experience and from this great ladies. Spot on advice at any age. What advice would you have for upcoming women entering the workforce when it comes to career success? Would love to hear it.
Paula Gregorowicz, The Intuitive Intelligence™ Coach
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