CHICAGO, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- After a career of more than 25 years I realized I had learned a lot that I wish someone could have taught me. I'm not a superstar. But I've done well and beat the odds. That counts.
What I found out is no secret: ANYONE can grow their career. If I did, you can too.
WHY AM I DOING THIS, you might ask?
I came from humble beginnings, and I was girl way back in the 1960's. I started college when I was 21 because my parents could not afford to send me, and my guidance counselor didn't encourage me to apply for any scholarships even though I was in the top 20 of my high school class and I had the highest SAT score among his students. That's how it was back then in 1978 in the community I grew up in. Girls got married and had babies. If you wanted to have a job, you could be a Secretary, or a Nurse, or Teacher. In my college graduating class in 1986 there were 100 people in my Electrical Engineering class, and only 2 women. Most of my college friends, including my best friend, were men.
When I was starting out after college, way back when, there were no "mentors" for women. My first job I was the only women in the company other than the President's Secretary. There were never many female peers in those early years, and no female higher in the food chain. Male mentors really couldn't tell me how to be a woman in a man's world. I was pretty much on my own. When I acted like my male mentors, I was pushy. When I tried to fit in, I was pulled aside and told "Don't be too nice or you will get pushed around." As a result, I developed a reputation for speaking my mind but always with honesty and fairness. I'm not complaining, just stating how it was back then because it's a big part of why I want to offer The Career Mentoring Project.
I want to offer what I have seen so that you can have a woman to talk things over with who has more experience. That was something I wish I'd had earlier in my career.
Today, there are more women in the workforce, but even now Senior Management women have only so much time to mentor, and there are so few of them. Solid advice on some topics is hard to come by. That's where The Career Mentoring Project can be so helpful to both women and men who are working on their careers.
Read more at: www.mentoring-project.com.
Media Contact: Jan Tramposch, The Career Mentoring Project, 630-660-7459, firstname.lastname@example.org
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