Picking a career path seemed so simple as a child. You proudly told everyone you wanted to be a doctor or a dolphin trainer like it was as simple as choosing your favorite toy. Then you grew up and realized careers seem a lot less like paths and more like roller coasters. They’re full of highs and lows with unexpected changes and moments where you question it all. So how do you find THE career that’ll fit into your life and make the roller coaster worth it?
Balancing both life and work priorities can seem like an impossible juggling act. And when you first start your career it can feel like no one taught you how to juggle. It can be all too easy for work to take over. But the thing is, establishing boundaries now early in your career is critical. A better work-life balance will keep you sane and make you more successful in work AND life. Here are some tips to master the juggle:
The last time we spoke to part-time MBA student Kevin Sundeen, he was preparing for his first week at George Mason University School of Business. Now the full time working professional and graduate student, shares how he could have prepared differently and what has been the most challenging during his first semester.
Questing for a perfect work-life balance can seem as elusive as the quest for the holy grail. It’s something companies love to talk about, but 66% of employees don’t think they have. Why is something as simple as having work-life balance so hard to achieve? A lot of it has to do with commonly held beliefs about work-life balance setting us up for failure. Here are four work-life balance myths busted:
Giulio Gilardi knew he wanted a career change. While working in marketing strategy in his home country of Peru, he set his sights on the financial industry. And he knew exactly what he needed to get there: his MBA. Now a soon-to-be MBA graduate, Giulio shares his path to Duke’s Fuqua School of Business as an international student:
The start of a new year inspires changes and sometimes even bold moves. Last week we reflected on the past decade and challenged you to ask yourself about your accomplishments and areas of growth. So what do you want to bring into the 2020's? Maybe it includes a career change you've been thinking about but have been putting off because don't have the required experience. If you're wondering how you can move into a new career without relevant experience on your resume, check out these four tips!
Let’s be honest, ringing in as big of a year as 2020 can be stressful. Closing out an entire decade is a lot to process. There’s pressure to make resolutions and reflect in a way that’s bigger than just any other new year. I’m sure you’ve seen the lengthy posts on social media with friends and family summarizing their epic 2010's. When looking back at your decade, it can be easy to feel that you didn’t do as much as you thought you did or that you're experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out) when comparing yourself to others. Ask yourself these questions to make the start of 2020 a moment of reflection that celebrates you and all you’ve accomplished during this decade:
Last week, I talked about my pre-grad anxiety as May 2020 quickly approaches. The nagging question of “what do I want to do next?” is plaguing my thoughts every single day. But instead of downward spiraling with Netflix marathons, avoidance, and stress, I’ve started taking action to chip away at the uncertainty. The next time the feeling of pre-grad anxiety hits you, try checking one of these suggestions off the list:
I know post-grad anxiety is a thing. Transitioning into adulthood after undergrad hit me like a brick wall. You know what I didn’t expect to hit me just as hard? Pre-grad anxiety. With a May 2020 graduation date from the Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter in the distance, my daily existence has an undercurrent of existential dread. I was blissfully unaware of this sensation while studying my undergraduate degree. I thought you got handed your diploma, easily found your dream job, and everything was perfect. This time around, I know everything is about to change, it’s going to be a challenge, and there’s just that much more pressure to get it right. As I get closer to the finish line, here’s what’s stoking my pre-grad anxiety:
The holiday season can be the culprit for some added stress to your every day routine. While there are many levels of stress, some can be harmful, and even make you feel ill. It is important to learn what triggers stress so that it can be prevented. Learning to manage your stress is also key to stop it from taking over during the busy holiday season. Follow these simple tips to help manage stress at work or school: