Why Getting Fired Was the Best Thing That Happened to Me

I don’t do failure. All my life, I’ve been a Type A perfectionist who dots her I’s, crosses her T’s, and wraps her work in a pretty bow. Getting fired was never (I repeat, NEVER) something I thought would happen to me. Until it happened. But clearly, I survived! And looking back, I can truly say it was the best thing that’s happened to me … Continue reading Why Getting Fired Was the Best Thing That Happened to Me

Perfectionism, Personified

I have a frenemy, and her name is Perfectionism. Like any frenemy (that’s a combination of friend and enemy) Perfectionism is always one step ahead of me. She’s also the worst kind of know-it- all—for any great idea I share with her, Perfectionism will give me five reasons to reconsider. I get the feeling she makes some things up as she goes, though—she hasn’t even … Continue reading Perfectionism, Personified

The Art of the Side Hustle

It seems like everyone these days has a “side hustle”—that is, an extra source of income outside of a full-time, 9-5 job. The communications industry was MADE for the art of the side hustle, because most jobs can be done with a laptop and a wi-fi connection. (Exhibit A: I wrote this blog post on a train.) If you’re thinking of taking on a side hustle for some extra … Continue reading The Art of the Side Hustle

How to Set (Realistic) Professional Goals

Happy New Year! All the #NewYearNewMe posts on my Instagram feed have me thinking of a different kind of New Year’s Resolution: annual work goals. Where I work, it’s required to set professional goals comes at the start of each fiscal year. Some companies may ask their employees to set goals when they are hired, and others may simply have a checklist of objectives for an … Continue reading How to Set (Realistic) Professional Goals

Watermelon Beer and the Weirdest Interview of My Life

Job interviews are stressful—trying to sell yourself while masking your nerves with a professional, yet genuine, charm is no easy feat. But sometimes, you go on an interview that throws standard interview etiquette out the window, and leaves you wondering, “What on earth just happened?” My weirdest interview took place a few months after I graduated from college—I was 21 and eager to put my … Continue reading Watermelon Beer and the Weirdest Interview of My Life

How to Recover from a Rookie Mistake

You’re a few months into your new job, and you’re an absolute rock star. You’re really starting to get the hang of the role, you know what you’re doing, and you actually like your job. One Friday morning you’re feeling a little too comfortable, things are going a little too smoothly and OOPS. You’ve just sent an email to a few thousand people…without noticing there was a private, … Continue reading How to Recover from a Rookie Mistake

Do It With Passion or Not at All: My Internship Evolution

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: my internships were the most important part of my college education. As a communications major, there’s only so much you learn in the classroom; the rest is out there IRL. Like many of my peers, my internships were unpaid. I worked for “college credit” (read: for free, sans homework). But to me, at age 19, a summer as a … Continue reading Do It With Passion or Not at All: My Internship Evolution

Do’s and Don’ts for the Office Millenial

You’re young. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Millenials may get a bad rap in the media, but as the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, we’re here, and we’re going to change the way work works. Intentionally or not, here we come! For the first time, three generations are part of the same workforce. That’s why there’s so much buzz about us entitled kids working alongside … Continue reading Do’s and Don’ts for the Office Millenial

In Defense of Communications Majors

“You’re a communications major? Good luck finding a job!” “So, do you watch TV all day?” “But what are you going to do with that degree?” These were the top three comments people made to me during my undergraduate years. My major, along with the fact I went to a liberal arts school, seemed like the perfect punchline to more practical-minded folks. The internet’s no better—articles like … Continue reading In Defense of Communications Majors