“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ” – Marianne Williamson
Do you know what you want to do with your life?
I want this blog to be a space where young women living in Toronto looking to start their careers can go to for guidance from women who have ‘been there’.
When I first moved to Toronto at 23, I didn’t have a clue as to what I wanted to do with my life. I was fresh out of university and just needed a job for ‘the time being.’ So I did what most girls in my position do, I took a full time serving job.
It took me some time to get out of that server job and into a career I enjoyed. I know I could have gotten here sooner (with a lot less mistakes) if I had guidance from someone who had been in my shoes.
There are two things I would like to accomplish with this blog.
One, I find there is a lot of ‘chatter’ online about careers development but they never seem to hit that useful information cord I am looking for. In addition to this, blogs directed towards women can be a bit fluffy, or vapid and materialistic. I want this blog to ‘get to the point’ and provide you with the relevant information you need to move ahead.
Second, I want you to walk away not just feeling informed and on-track, but also feeling good about it. Too many blogs focus on young professionals who have ‘hit it out of the park’ in terms of establishing themselves. These stories are amazing to hear, but they not always relatable.
We all can’t be tech geniuses designing the next ‘must-have’ app, and we all don’t have a rich family to pay for school, cover our CC debt and pay our rent.
But this doesn’t mean we can’t be successful.
Our plan is to interview women (in their late 20’s- 30’s living in Toronto) who have found a career they enjoy and have them tell me how they got there. I want it to be and in-depth interview that explores their choices, their lessons learned, and their achievements. It will also be backed up with some research about the career field they are in and how the field of work is doing in current Toronto job market.
Lets face it, not all of us grew up knowing what we wanted to be as adults. We have various interests and passions and this can make us feel pulled in a lot of directions. We need to take the time to see which of these talents and skills can be applied to a career we will love and excel at, and which of these talents and skills can be applied to personal hobbies outside of our career life.
Overall, this will be a space to explore career development in a down-to-earth and honest way.
This will be a place where you can figure it out.