Throw Away the Life Script & Turn to Him

by Naomi Watkins “When I was young I thought the noblest thing in this life was to be a mother—I have since learned that the best mission in life is the one the Lord has prepared for me.” –President Ardeth G. Kapp* Like President Kapp, the most vital piece of advice that I can give […]

Five Tips for Handling Rejection at School or Work

by Naomi Watkins It’s one of my most vivid memories from high school. I had recently transferred to a new English class and was immediately assigned an Upton Sinclair book to read with a written literary analysis to follow. I figured that I would do what I had always done–write the paper the night before […]

Career Coaching: A Piece of the Puzzle

by Naomi Watkins with Melanie Steimle I hired a career coach for the first time last fall as I was considering a major career change. And while I am still in the midst of figuring things out, I found my work with the coach to be incredibly valuable. Many have asked for information about career […]

Advice for Starting My First Professional Job

by Bryn Watkins Dear Three Years Ago Me, So if I did the math right, you should be opening this letter on the day before you head into work for the first time ever. Did the USPS get it right? Tomorrow is your first day of professional life! Congratulations. I’m not sure this makes me […]

Communicating in the Workplace

by Melanie Steimle Did you read the recent New York Times article, “Speaking While Female,” by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant? In the article the authors examine why women are more likely than men not to speak up at work. Sandberg and Grant share anecdotes and studies that confirm that women are less likely to […]

How to Scale Back a Career

by Melanie Steimle At AMW we often focus on providing support and information for women who are in the process of building their careers, but we also realize that there are times and circumstances in which women want to scale back at work in order to spend more time with their families. Coming back to […]

Be a Workplace Pioneer

by Kaylie Astin It’s too easy to assume that if your company doesn’t have many family-friendly work policies, that’s just the way things are. I say this because that’s what I did. When I was expecting my first child, I asked about maternity leave and I was told that such a thing didn’t exist. Many […]

Three Things I Wish I Could Say to Every Young LDS Woman

by Melanie Steimle I recently moved into a ward that is quite diverse in the range of ages represented. There are a good number of young married women in the ward, and occasionally I’ll hear one of them make a comment about school or work that makes me want to jump in with a piece […]

How to Be Bad at Your Job

image credit: Steve Snodgrass by Bryn Watkins I’ve been noticing recently a pretty significant hole in the body of How-To literature available to those of us seeking advice on How-To.  While most people are willing to wax eloquent on how to be successful–at making pie crust, at hosting a dinner party, at life, take your […]

8 Tips for Making the Most of Your Summer Internship

by Dianne Orcutt An internship is a great opportunity for you to learn more about a particular employer, industry, as well your own professional interests and strengths. I recently had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion of the do’s and don’ts for law students preparing to begin their summer internships and clerkships. Each […]

Using LinkedIn as a Research and Networking Tool

by Melanie Steimle On Monday, we provided some recommendations on how to create a great LinkedIn profile. Today we’ll focus on how you can use LinkedIn for research and networking. You may be in a field where it’s common to get calls and emails from recruiters who have seen your LinkedIn profile and want to […]

Creating a Great LinkedIn Profile

by Melanie Steimle LinkedIn. You’ve most likely heard of it, but how do you actually use it? This week, we’ll be publishing a two-part series on how to use LinkedIn effectively. Today we’ll start with the basics: creating a great profile. (If you’re entirely new to LinkedIn, watch this brief introduction video.) Definitely include a […]

More Tips on Working (outside the home) While Having a Young Family

Image credit: Doug Shall by Kris Tina Carlston Following up on last month’s post regarding working outside the home, I was thrilled with some of the comments and suggestions presented by several readers. Because I enjoyed the discussion so much, this month I wanted to provide a part II and discuss some of the ideas […]

Raising Our Hands

Image credit: Stina Jonsson by Ryan Hammond Last time I wrote about the need for LDS men to include their sisters in their professional opportunity and support networks. I also challenged LDS women to give LDS men a chance to step up by asking directly for their support, help and to be included in their networks. […]

Five Tips on Working (outside of the home) While Having a Young Family

Image credit: Takuma Mikura by Kris Tina Carlston Dear Sister MBA Esquire: Do you have any tips on working while having a young family? I was an aunt for 14 years before giving birth to my now two-year-old son, Henry. I was a professional aunt. I took my job very, very seriously. I attended every […]

Tips for Staying Professionally Relevant While At Home

Image credit: sean dreilinger by Shannon Ellis After finishing my degree in physical education, I spent a year teaching high school. And then, even though I had never planned on becoming a college coach, I was a graduate assistant volleyball coach for the two years I pursued a master’s degree. Later, I was hired as […]

Returning to the Workforce as an LDS Woman

by Holly Whether you’re looking to get back into the workforce after an extended leave as stay-at-home mother, or you’re ready to leave a less-than-wonderful job after years to update your education, it can be daunting jumping into an unfamiliar world. But don’t let your “time away” or “lack of experience” worry you. You haven’t […]

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