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Working From Home Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Work

April 27th, 2016 - By Tanvier Peart
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For whatever reason, some people who work traditional 9-to-5 jobs think those of us who collect a check from home are kicking back as if we have a day off and nothing to do. In the words of Maury Povich, the lie detector determined… that was a lie.

Working from home seems like a piece of cake, I get it. There are certain perks that come with being a stay-at-home entrepreneur or telecommuter. For starters, you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to wear and whether or not traffic will be a mother heading into the office. I for one was never a heels type of gal and enjoy walking into my office on the daily with leggings and a casual shirt.

Regardless of what you think or heard, working from home isn’t always a walk in the park. Sure it does give you freedom from office drama and a boss breathing down your neck, but my oh my does it come with its own can of worms.

While it might look like I’m living the glamorous life to friends and family, those who are in my inner circle know it comes with a cost. For starters, my hours tend to be longer than most people I know who work in a traditional office. Some of my girlfriends stare at the clock to leave for the day while I’m trying to remember if I made dinner so I can put in a few extra hours. Weekend tasks are an unfortunate but sometimes necessary reality as you might need to do a little more in order to get ahead. Since I run my own show, if something doesn’t get done, it falls on my shoulders to do it. You can’t “milk the clock” and still collect a check. If you don’t deliver, you don’t get paid.

And let’s not even talk about vacations or maternity leave. Those who are business owners or in the freelance world typically have to work on the double in order to cover the days they plan to miss. With five weeks to go in my second pregnancy and plans for celebrating my wedding anniversary out of town, I can’t tell you how many nights I had to burn the midnight oil in order to make sure things will be on auto-pilot. Some of my gal pals who recently had children are fortunate enough to work for jobs that have paid maternity leave. With my first child, I “took off” two weeks. This time around I hope to be able to have at least a month since I’ll have two children under two.

Speaking of children, if you’re a work-from-home mommy, there’s really not much of a break you get. Yes I truly count my blessings when it comes to not paying childcare, but good gracious work days tend to double when you throw a little one into the mix. I actually know a few stay-at-home moms who made the decision to go back to work so they could get a little more peace during the day to concentrate on their jobs.

I’ll never complain about my ability to work from home. I’m living a dream. That doesn’t mean the dream doesn’t come without a cost, or affords me additional hours in the day to kick back and be lazy.

Can anyone else relate?

Everything You Have To Give Up To Move Forward

April 14th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Sometimes when you’re stuck in a rut, it seems like no matter what you do you just keep spinning your wheels. Lord knows you want to move on. And you’ve talked about it, tried it, but another year has gone by, and your goals seem like they’re just as far away as ever.

The trouble could be that even though you’re pushing forward, parts of your life are holding you back. If you want to really move on and live the life you’ve dreamed of, you have to let go of a few anchors first. From toxic friends to self-doubt, there are some weights that are too heavy to move forward with.

We don’t always know about all of the luggage we’re carrying. But once you spot it, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can move forward when you get rid of it. Life can be a struggle, but sometimes it’s as easy as opening up your fingers and letting go.

No College Required? Six-Figure Jobs That Might Surprise You

April 13th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Looking for a new career that will bring in a bigger paycheck without costing you years upon years upon years in school? Doctors, lawyers, and engineers are the most coveted professions that earn people six-figure paychecks each year. But they’re not the only jobs helping people supersize their bank accounts.

These career choices may not be as famous, but they certainly bring in awfully nice paychecks. Do you know how much your local food truck vendor makes? What about the chef at your favorite restaurant? Before you walk on by these career choices, it pays to know the perks that come with them. We’ve done the research, and we’ve found that there are lots of jobs that bring in much bigger paychecks than we previously thought.

Whether you’re looking for a career change or just a way to make money without a four-year degree, one of these six-figure salary jobs is bound to be perfect for you. All you need is to gain experience and hustle hard.

Do You Plan To Change Careers At Some Point?

March 24th, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Do you plan to remain in your chosen industry until you retire? If you answered “no,” you may be surprised to learn that you’re actually in the majority. According to Glamour, a recent survey revealed that more than half of Americans have plans to switch careers in their lifetimes.

The “Career Report: Employee Pursuit of Purpose” survey quizzed 2,000 working Americans and 546 human resource managers about their career aspirations. Researchers found that 55 percent of people responded that they expect to career-hop in their lifetimes. Interestingly, of the millennials who were surveyed, a whopping 76 percent of them expressed that that intend to change industries.

“The survey findings suggest that today’s American employees make impactful career decisions based on the perceived level of happiness they will gain,” a press release explained. “They are motivated by professional growth opportunities—including lateral career moves—that promise purpose and fulfillment, not necessarily a promotion or bigger paycheck.”

Clearly, folks aren’t allowing themselves to be placed in any single box and they’re refusing to limit themselves. 42 percent of participants responded that they expect to embark on at least three career paths in their lifetimes. Also, approximately 67 percent potential career-jumpers explained that they intend to make these changes within the next four years.

Want To Drink Beer And Travel The World? There’s A Paid Internship For That

March 22nd, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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For many of us, internships consisted of running coffee errands and filing endless amounts of paperwork, however, World of Beer (WOB) is about to change how college students (and even some corporations) define interns

The franchise is offering “Drink It” internships where interns travel around the world, documenting their travels and reviewing different types of beer on social media. The job description states:

“We’re inviting a team of interns to travel the world, hopping from brewery to brewery, WOB tavern to WOB tavern to explore beer for themselves and share their stories with WOB drinkers across the country. Whether you’re a photographer or writer, social media maverick or beer blog surfer, we are looking for you. Adventure seekers and storytellers, beer experts or novices, brewery nerds and foodie fans all open to apply. So if you want to live, drink and tell the tale to the world, get ready to apply for the chance to share your experience as a Drink It Intern.”

Proving this is the opportunity of a lifetime, World of Beer interns will also be paid $12,000 for their time and reimbursed for their travel expenses. Um, where do we sign up?

If you’re ready to become a beer connoisseur this summer, submit links to your social media profiles and a one-minute video about yourself and why you love beer, here.

Ready To Move? Here Are The 10 Best U.S. Cities To Work In

March 14th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Job hunting site Indeed recently released a list of the cities that have the happiest employees in the United States, and Los Angeles was ranked as the No. 1 city for workers to do their job and live in.

Besides the City of Angels, four other California metropolitans made the top 10, according to Refinery29. In a statement, Indeed’s chief economist, Tara Sinclair, said, “California remains a strong draw for talent, in part due to the tech industry, so it’s not surprising to see many workers in the state are invested in their jobs and show above-average levels of satisfaction.” Interestingly enough, those in tech and media industries were not ruled to have the happiest jobs in California. Instead, personal assistants had the highest job satisfaction ranking.

The study involved 50 of the most populated cities in the U.S. and gathered data from over 10 million workers for the rankings to be determined. The worst city to work and live in was Denver, Colorado; it received the lowest points for work/life balance and job security.

Check out Indeed’s list of the best cities to work and play in:

1. Los Angeles, CA
2. Miami, FL
3. San Diego, CA
4. Providence, RI
5. San Francisco, CA
6. New Orleans, LA
7. Washington, DC
8. Boston, MA
9. Riverside, CA
10. San Jose, CA

And you can see the 10 least happy cities to work and play in by visiting the Indeed blog.

Does Being In A Relationship Take You Off Of Your Grind?

March 1st, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Bow Wow and I don’t agree on a whole lot. But the rapper, host and sometime-actor made a good point in his attempt to shut down rumors that he is romantically involved with singer Keyshia Cole.

I have to admit there’s some truth to that. We can argue that Bow Wow wasn’t exactly on his A game when he was with Erica Mena. We all remember how he chose to promote himself through his relationship and then, when the relationship went sour, chose to publicly tear her down. We can certainly argue that he wasn’t concerned about protecting his brand or appearing to be a good human being when he was publicly talking about his fiancee’s miscarriage.

But aside from public, C-list celebrity relationships, the idea of a romantic partner taking you off your grind, happens in the real world everyday. There are people, men and women, whose relationships become so important they forget to devote themselves to their personal goals, friends, families and of course career.

Most of the time it’s not even a conscious decision. While I’ve always regarded myself as someone who’s goal driven, my last relationship proved that my resolve could be tested. At the time I was supposed to be working on writing my book, my grandmother’s memoir. This was in addition to my day job. After my 9-5, the hours I should have spent writing, I would spend on the phone talking to him, sometimes about the very dreams neither one of us were actively working towards.

And the crazy thing is, I never really felt anxious, guilty or unproductive. I didn’t realize that I was choosing to invest in the relationship at the expense of myself. It wasn’t until it was over that I noticed 180 degree turn in productivity. So much so that I astounded myself and confirmed that the relationship really had run its course.

Still, being with someone now is even more ambitious than me, who always makes time to practice and perfect his craft, it motivates and inspires me to be and do better.

Really, when it comes down to it, you can’t blame the relationship for a personal choice to put one aspect of your life over the other. When you’re mature enough to fight for what you really want, you’ll be able to put things in the proper order at the proper time.

Study: Diversity Training Makes White Men Feel Threatened

January 6th, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Diversity training is a term we heard quite a bit in 2015; however, a new article published by the Harvard Business Review suggests that these programs may be doing more harm than good. For starters, a study of over 700 companies in the United States found that implementing these training programs had little to no positive effects on female and minority representation. Even worse, they may even decrease representation of Black women. The study also found that these programs tend to make white men resentful of women and minorities.

“We found evidence that it not only makes white men believe that women and minorities are being treated fairly—whether that’s true or not—it also makes them more likely to believe that they themselves are being treated unfairly,” authors of the report explained.

The report also found that at companies with diversity training programs, people were more likely to disregard claims of unfair treatment—“even when there is clear evidence of discrimination.”

As part of the experiment, researchers put white males through a hiring stimulation for an entry-level position at a fictitious tech firm. Half of the applicants were briefed on the company’s pro-diversity policies; the other half were not. All other information given to the men was identical.

“All of the applicants then underwent a standardized job interview while we videotaped their performance and measured their cardiovascular stress responses,” researchers explained.

Results revealed that white men interviewing for a job with the company with pro-diversity messages felt that they might be “undervalued or discriminated against.”

“These concerns interfered with their interview performance and caused their bodies to respond as if they were under threat,” the authors explained. “Importantly, diversity messages led to these effects regardless of these men’s political ideology, attitudes toward minority groups, beliefs about the prevalence of discrimination against whites, or beliefs about the fairness of the world. This suggests just how widespread negative responses to diversity may be among white men: the responses exist even among those who endorse the tenets of diversity and inclusion.”

As for those who the programs are supposed to be helping, the report found that the programs did “little to convince minorities that companies will treat them more fairly. Participants from ethnic minorities viewed a pro-diversity company as no more inclusive, no better to work for, and no less likely to discriminate against minorities than a company without a pro-diversity stance” (Read: less intimidatory to white men).

While researchers do not suggest doing away with pro-diversity programs in the workplace, they recommend that managers spend more time crafting materials and outlining the program so that they come across as “more inclusive.”

Thoughts?

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10 New Year’s Work Resolutions

January 1st, 2016 - By M A
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With 2016 just around the corner, it’s time to take stock of the things that are truly important for the year ahead. And while we’ll all have resolutions to get in shape, cut back on our vices and perhaps improve relationships with those around us, let’s not forget about resolutions to step up your career game. Sure it may not seem as fun as getting a gym membership and sweating off the holiday weight, but we guarantee it’s just as valuable. So let us help you by suggesting 10 work-related resolutions that every career-oriented person should add to their to-do list in 2016.

My New Boss Came Onto Me. What Should I Do?

December 10th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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How do you handle a coworker who asks you out? Do you take them up on the offer? Do you politely decline? Do you try your best to avoid them until they take the hint? One 27-year-old educator turned to the Internet for advice after her 40-year-old boss asked her out.

“I am a middle school teacher. Last year, we got a new principle in our school who is very unpopular among the teachers,” the woman, who we’ll call “Karen,” explained in a Reddit post. “After school today, I went to his office to ask him about a semester exam for a particular student. After we discussed the student, he got up and shut the door and sat in the seat beside me. I got a pit in my stomach because I thought I was being disciplined for doing something wrong.”

The principal went on to explain that he’d overheard Karen explaining that she enjoys playing cards with her friends, and invited her to partake in a one-on-one game at his home.

“He then said that he had heard me saying that I get together with friends on the weekends to play cards. He asked if I’d ever like to get together, just the two of us, and play cards at his house. He was very clear he did not mean it as a date because he is my direct supervisor, and that he meant it ‘just as friends.’ Not sure I believe that. He just asked me not long ago if I was making another visit soon to [state where my ex-boyfriend lives], and I told him that I wasn’t with that guy I used to visit, so no.”

Ironically, this new principle has developed a bad reputation among other teachers in the school.

“He has been very critical in all of his evaluations, and shared some unkind words with our teachers when he has had a criticism,” Karen explained. “I, on the other hand, have received glowing evaluations as a teacher under every observation. I have yet to hear mean or harsh criticisms from him, and I even got a lot of new things for my classroom this year that no other teacher got. I’m really upset and feeling like sh-t now. I thought he appreciated me and had respect for me as a teacher. I really did.”

As for the pass he made at her, Karen admits that she handled it awkwardly.

“My face got really hot, and I stammered that I would not be interested in dating, but ‘maybe sometime’ because I was too nervous to say no with him sitting next to me,” she shared. “I have been really upset since I got home. I’ve been so stupid to actually think that I was a great teacher. I feel like it’s all been a lie and I just want to curl up in a ball and cry. All of my glowing evaluations mean nothing.”

Karen intends on returning to the principal to rectify the situation, but she’s nervous and isn’t sure how to approach the conversation.

“I plan to go in his office before school very early tomorrow and tell him that I thought about it and am not interested and think that it would be a bad idea to spend time together, under any circumstance. What is the best way to approach this? How do I pick my self-esteem back up?”

Have you ever been in a situation like this? How did you handle it?

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