A Good News Minute: The CES Policy Change

by Naomi Watkins News broke on Friday regarding a Church Educational System (CES) policy change that now allows LDS women with children at home to work for pay as full-time seminary and institute teachers*. To clarify, women with children have been and are currently seminary teachers working in volunteer roles. Growing up in Southern California, […]

Organizing Your Finances after Graduation: Making the Transition from College to Career

by Kelli Sauvé In a previous post, I shared tips about how to clear your financial path to college, using my own experiences as an example. Even though it took me a while, I became a college graduate at age thirty! But then, I needed to decide on my next steps. There are many factors […]

Clearing Your Financial Path to College

by Kelli Sauvé My path to continuing my education became clear while I was vacationing in New York City.  I was visiting my cousin and it just so happened that the singles group had a camping trip planned during my stay and so I joined them. While sitting around a warm fire in a beautiful outdoor setting, […]

Daring, Not Shaming, Greatly

by Naomi Watkins I recently finished reading Brené Brown’s book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. I first became familiar with Brown’s work when I watched her TED Talk about vulnerability and found it insightful. And her book? It was gut-wrenching, like I’m on […]

Are You My Mentor?

by Heidi Doxey There have been a number of fantastic posts here on AMW about mentors and mentees, both in a formal and informal sense. I should definitely re-read those posts. I’ve always imagined a mentor as a fearless, high-powered business professional, or perhaps an octogenarian with soft wrinkled hands and decades of wisdom. Or […]

Cover Letters Dos and Don’ts

by Melanie Steimle If you’re like most people, the thought of writing a cover letter doesn’t exactly make you want to do a happy dance.  You might have even heard that hiring managers don’t even read cover letters so you wonder why you should bother trying to write one. I, however, love talking about cover […]

Technology School–A Family-Friendly College Alternative

by Kaylie Astin When I was envisioning my glorious future in high school, a technical college was never part of the picture. I was an academic snob. I had to go somewhere where people would say “Oooo,” after I revealed my alma mater. I ended up going to school at BYU. I studied music and […]

12 Ways in Which Looking for a Job is Like Dating

by Melanie Steimle There are no such things as soul mates. Just as there is no one meant-to-be-yours-since-the-beginning-of-time soul mate (sorry, Saturday’s Warrior), there is no one perfect job or career for you. While it’s very in vogue right now to subscribe to the notion that following your bliss and turning it into your life’s […]

Frame Yourself as a Persister

by Rosemary Capps Bartlett Many women who visit this site are returning to higher education after time away. Earlier essays have covered topics such as how to find a mentor as a student, how to be a good mentee, practical considerations for a return to college (both part 1 and part 2), and profiles of […]

Who’s On Your Professional Sounding Board?

by Melanie Steimle I’ve been thinking about mentors lately, not because I’m long overdue in writing this post (although that is true), but because I need a mentor. Despite the fact that I write these monthly posts on mentoring or networking, I don’t have either subject all figured out. There are a number of people […]

Financial First Steps:  Where to Start as a Newly Single Mormon Mom

Image credit: Munah Ahmed by Kelli Sauvé As a newly single Mormon mom you are probably experiencing a lot of changes and have a lot going on with family, church and school schedules.  If you’re lucky, there might be a little time just for you. You are continually learning that things come up (more often […]

So, You Want to be a Nurse?: Pros, Cons, & Strategies

(A colleague and I taking care of a patient requiring ExtraCorporeal Membranous Oxygenation, in the pediatric intensive care unit. This photo is a few years old, as evidenced by the outdated equipment.) by Dora At a recent LDS feminist retreat, knowing that I would miss the session on “Leaning In,” I took some time to […]

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 […]

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