Returning to School with Young Children: You Can Do This (if you want to)

by Anna Bergevin I finished my undergraduate work before I was married and had children. It was a wonderful experience – hard work, but simpler than my graduate work in that I was not trying to balance the demands of school with the needs of a spouse and child. I thought, like many of my […]

Networking with Informational Interviews

by Melanie Steimle Informational interviews are my favorite method of networking. I’ve been both the interviewer and the interviewee, and from numerous experiences on both sides of the table, I’ve found that conducting informational interviews is one of the best ways to get specific information from people who are “on the ground” in the field. […]

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 […]

7 Keys to Networking as an Introvert

by Melanie Steimle For many people, the idea of networking engenders less than positive feelings. For those (myself included) who consider themselves introverts, networking can seem especially daunting. Although introversion is not the same as shyness, spending time in large groups, engaging in small talk, and/or approaching strangers can be physically, emotionally, and mentally draining. […]

Mission Possible: Financial Preparation for Sisters

Image credit: Kristen Klein by Kelli Sauvé With the fairly recent announcement lowering the missionary age to 19 for sisters, there has been a sharp increase in the number of young women signing up to serve missions.  This is wonderful and exciting!  If you are one of those young women considering serving a mission I […]

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 […]

A Few Tips When Seeking a Childcare Provider

by Kris Tina Carlston Working outside the home, I sometimes feel like my second shift starts at 5:30 pm and sometimes . . . I’m just not up for it. I love reading articles and anecdotes by others that talk about how it is possible and fulfilling to work outside the home and raise a […]

How to Be an Effective Mentee

by Melanie Steimle Last month we talked about how to be an effective mentor. This month let’s look at the other side: how to be an effective mentee. Whether your mentoring relationship is a formal, structured one with an assigned mentor and regular meeting times or an informal conversation with a friend every once in a […]

How to Be an Effective Mentor

by Melanie Steimle Happy National Mentoring Month! A previous post has focused on why and how to find a mentor, so today we’re going to look at the other side of the equation: how to be a mentor. You may not think this applies to you, but I’m going to venture to say that you’re […]

10 Lessons Learned While Inside the Bubble

Image credit: Ben Crowder by Bryn Watkins Well, three weeks ago I said goodbye to Provo and hello to Wellington, New Zealand, and in so doing bid farewell to the weirdly concentrated BYU experience I got to brave for one solitary semester.  Here’s what I learned along the way. 1. There is a place for […]

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 […]

Four Tips for Thwarting Impostor Syndrome

Image credit: Gabriele Ferreira by Naomi Watkins “What you create doesn’t have to be perfect…Don’t let fear of failure discourage you.” –Dieter F. Uchtdorf At the young age of 22, I faced a room full of seniors who were in the midst of their final semester of high school. I was their student teacher charged […]

Securing the Benefits of a Mentor as a Student

Image credit: SMB College by Christanne Harrison In this month’s edition of “Mentoring Monday,” we share some advice about mentors for students or those considering going back to school. However, as I interviewed two great mentors, I found that much of their advice is great and applicable for just about everyone. The two women interviewed […]

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 […]

Reaching Out: Networking at Church

Image credit: Andrew by Melanie Steimle A few weeks ago I received an email from the roommate of a friend in my ward. “Hi Melanie, I think we may have met once at my house. I noticed on LinkedIn that you work in career counseling and I was wondering if you would have some time […]

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 […]

Surviving (and Thriving) in College: Tips for the Traditional Undergraduate

Image credit: uonottingham by Kris Tina Carlston Dear Sister MBA Esquire: How do I get the most out of my college experience? I prefer to consider myself a “late bloomer.” In college when it seemed as if everyone else had it all figured out, I was still struggling with adolescent acne and retainers. And thus, […]

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