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Career Advice/ Workplace

3 Tips for Working from Home

Working from Home

Working from the comforts of a home office may sounds like a dream come true to most commute-weary professionals – virtual conference calls snuggled up to your pup, no more office-sponsored political coups, and enjoying all that extra time that doesn’t get eaten up by burning rubber back and forth, back, and forth, back and forth.

Ahhhh, heaven.

Transitioning to the ever-growing status of a work from home (WFH) professional can be incredibly liberating; however, like most work transitions, it can require a unique strategy to maximize productivity and keep you from feeling like you live in the office.

Here are three tips to help turn your WFH situation into am empowering career move:

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Social Media

The Daily Blogging Challenge

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been blogging every day.

Sometimes I catch a quick early thirty with my laptop first thing in the morning (before my cows are even up); other times, I try to hammer out some quick thoughts before bed (after the cows are fed).

Not everything I write ends up on the blog. Sometimes, my daily scribbles become more of a journal entry than a structure blog post. I’m becoming more and more okay with that.

Throughout the majority of 2017, I’ve been wanting to make The Motivated Millennial blog and social following more of a priority as 1) I absolutely LOVE connecting with y’all and 2) did I mention that I absolutely LOVE connecting with y’all?

My adulthood journey to-date has been rather isolating – war,  living out of military and VA hospitals, followed by a move to the middle-of-nowhere (courtesy of Uncle Sam) has a way of making one feel, well, cut-off from the rest of the world. While there’s no networking group or yoga class I can routinely take advantage of from way out here, I am able to chat and share with members of my digital communities on a regular basis. Isn’t technology awesome?

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Career Advice/ Higher Education

Yes, You Can Learn to Code

Learn to Code

Technology dominates our lives.

Almost every job involves staring at a screen of some type – whether you’re planting a field of corn from a John Deere tractor or processing patient intakes at an area hospital, we’re all spending a considerable amount of our day on some technological device.

Despite our culture’s increasing reliance on tech-based innovations, the average user knows little to nothing of how such programs are run and are unable to describe even the basic of computer-driven functions.

The job outlook within the technology sector continues to increase (no surprise there), with many of these positions requiring little more than an online certificate and some project experience. For those with industry experience, like Front End Developers, opportunities routinely compensate six figures, with many of these offering remote working environments.

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Career Advice/ Networking

3 Tips for Networking Like a Boss

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This post is brought to you on behalf of the Forté Foundation. The content does not necessarily reflect the views of the Forté Foundation.

Starting my own business in my early twenties with a laptop, communal Wi-Fi, and student loans, I quickly learned that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know (and I didn’t know anybody).

With limited funds and even less finesse, I struggled to connect with other professionals in my industry. I felt subconscious about my company’s early stage status and was almost convinced no one would ever hire me to market their brand. I knew networking was really important (I mean, it’s in all the business books), but armed with just with a well-worn Target suit, a couple dozen self-printed business cards, and an almost maxed out credit card, I wasn’t exactly positioned to network with the pros, or so I thought.

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Entrepreneurship

5 People You Need on Your Entrepreneurial Team

entrepreneurial team

Few things in life are a one-person show, and entrepreneurship – excuse me, successful entrepreneurship – is no exception.

Entrepreneurs need a team of supporters every step of the way.

Leadership guru John Maxwell stated, “Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.”

Assembling you’re A-team ASAP can truly be the defining factor as to whether your entrepreneurial vision becomes a dream or a nightmare. There are five key people that every entrepreneur should recruit to ensure career success.

Let’s check out the entrepreneurial dream team line-up:

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Gender Equality/ Workplace

Sexual Assault and Harassment is Everyone’s Problem

Sexual Assault and Harrassment

When I was seven or eight, I’d heard a new word – sexual harassment – on the television and didn’t know what it meant, so I asked my dad.

“It’s something women do to get attention,” he replied.

I was young and I believed my dad’s explanation until I became the woman who was being sexually harassed.

Ironically, my first encounter with sexual harassment would come from one of my father’s employees – a physician who, as it later came out, had a long record of inappropriate behavior with women.

The “trusted” doctor came into my place of work, said he wanted to hire me to teach his son to ride horses, took down my phone number, and spent the weeks that followed sexting me and stalking me on my route to and from work.

What’d the organization do? Same thing they did with all the other sexual harassment complaints against this doctor – nothing effective.

I ended up quitting my job, changing my phone number (multiple times), and moving an hour away just to get the harassment to stop.

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Entrepreneurship/ Networking

Confession: I Hate Networking

Throughout the majority of my life, I’ve lived with an extreme level of social anxiety – like projectile-vomit-all-over-Brooks-Brother’s-suits-at-an-industry-networking-event level of anxiety.

I love meeting new people in small settings and learning about other’s life stories, but a tech conference filled with abrupt, in-yo-face “Let’s connect!”, “What’s your valuation?”, “Who’s on your client list?” makes me want to ditch the whole event agenda, hole up in my hotel room, and Wikipedia local historical sites.

It’s that bad.

I began my entrepreneurial journey in the era of boom or bust tech-based startups. The markets had crashed, national employment was in the crapper, and this thing called the internet was exploding almost overnight.

The popular business gurus hailed as the poster boys of success were the extremely extroverted, snake oil salesmen peddling “success” to all of us nearly-bankrupt professionals like a crack dealer cruising Beale Street.

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Gender Equality

We Work for Change in Kansas City

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I was pretty sure I’d fallen off the feminist face of the planet following my family’s move to Kansas City.

Everywhere I went, every company I interviewed at, every organization I joined appeared to be run by men. Even the local women’s networking group was led by male professionals (WTF?).

“What does your husband do?” became the most frequently asked question following my introduction.

I was even asked if my MBA was “the same as a man’s MBA” at a Chamber of Commerce event. That one literally left me speechless.

Accustomed to the more gender equal working world of the East and West Coasts, I did not take too well to (repeatedly) being the only woman in the boardroom, classroom, department, etc. Expressing my frustrations regarding the well-seated Kansas City patriarchy to the few other female professionals I encountered was typically met with a wistful, “Well, at least you get a chance to be included…” Continue Reading…

Entrepreneurship

5 Things You Should Do Before Quitting Your Job

quitting your job

It’s here –the day you take the leap into the wild and wooly world of entrepreneurship, leaving behind the security and stability of a “normal” job.

The leap is thrilling.

It’s also completely terrifying.

 For myself, there were many nights during Year 1, Year 2, and a few in Year 3, where I laid awake wondering, “What in the @*&% did I just do?”

Looking back, there were several key actions I should have taken before quitting my job to go full-time in my business. They say hindsight is 20/20 – well, maybe a few aspiring entrepreneurs can glean some wisdom from the things I wish I’d known.

Here’s the scoop on 5 things you should do BEFORE you quit your day job and dive headfirst into the world of entrepreneurship:

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Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Gender Equality

4 Tips to Conquer Your Career

conquer career

This post is brought to you on behalf of the Forté Foundation. The content does not necessarily reflect the views of the Forté Foundation.

Until ten years ago, I had never actually met a professional woman – an educated female that made a living wage. Growing up in fundamentalism, I was raised in a culture that did not acknowledge gender equality and restricted women to very limited roles as wives and mothers. I had no idea what developing a career involved or even how to get started. The majority of my homeschool education had been focused on the domestic arts – childcare, cooking, cleaning, etc. – and neglected subjects like math, science, and finance (all the things you wouldn’t find in the job description for a housewife).

My junior year of college, I finally encountered a real-life professional woman – a visiting professor of biochemistry. She was confident, educated, and owned her own house. I knew I wanted to be just like her, but I had no idea how to get there.

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