Ask Her: Peace Corps Education Developer, Sarah Cook
What advice would you give to a smart, driven, young woman about to enter the workforce? What advice should she ignore?
During the transition from formal schooling to the workforce, rejection oftentimes becomes more common and success becomes much more abstract and subjective. This doesn’t mean you’re not on the right track. In fact, professional rejection is oftentimes a sign that you’re reaching high which is admirable.
Networking is much more effective with weak connections than strong ones, so keep in touch with everyone you can.
As women, we are oftentimes encouraged to downplay our accomplishments and be modest. Don’t do this. You need to play up what you have to offer. Find opportunities to integrate what you’re passionate about into your work or volunteering.
The best fuel for success is genuine interest and excitement so tapping into that every chance you get in your work will help you go far.