I don’t have to tell you that January is quite the kick-starting month. Exhibit A: Have you noticed how packed your gym suddenly gets every January due to fitness-related resolutions?
But it’s also a big time of year for careers. See, plenty of us have just spent the holidays reevaluating our goals (and having to talk about ...read more
To go to B school or to not go to B school—that is the question. Or at least, that’s probably the question you’re weighing in your head right now (or why else would you be reading this?).
Too many times I’ve seen people jump into the business school application process without reflecting upon why th...read more
When Kate Gardner was laid off from her job as a magazine editor, she wasn’t sure what to do next. She tried freelancing for a month or so, but the instability of it ultimately made her want to hop back into a full-time job at a company she really liked (and could see herself at for a while).
So she started job searching—but...read more
Imagine you have nearly 15 years of experience under your belt and have earned regular promotions throughout your career. Naturally, you’d probably feel that you were up to speed in your field. That’s the situation Toby Barnard found him...read more
If you’ve ever struggled with a condescending boss, difficult colleagues, or work that feels like a soul-destroying slog, you might have fantasized about “rage quitting.” Maybe you even scripted the scene in your head—telling off your manager, cursing out that impossible client, or letting your co-worker know ...read more
Work-life balance can be elusive under the best job circumstances, but when you work non-traditional hours—whether you’re in a client-facing role, you have a busy season (hi accountants!), or you’re facing a big project deadline—finding time for the people and things you love can be even more difficult.
After all...read more
I can recall one specific time in my career when things became really—I mean really—difficult.
Trudging to my desk each morning felt like a feat of superhuman strength. Once I actually made it there, I’d stare at my laptop screen for minutes on end, just willing myself to get something ...read more
When it comes to job interviews, you already know all of the standard advice.
You should do plenty of research beforehand, prepare answers for the most commonly asked questions, and show up dressed and ready (please, iron that shirt of...read more
Many of us start at our first job out of college thinking it will set us up for the rest of our career. And stepping off that path seems like a huge risk. When you’re on a straight and narrow career path, it’s easy to panic if you want to make a change.
The good news is that these kinds of pivots can make ...read more
What should I do with my life?
Unlike so many other questions you have about your career, this one’s not quite as easy to Google. (Or—shameless plug—to look up on The Muse.)
The good news is, you’re not alone—in fact, I’ll guarantee that everyone has pondered their read more
For most of my life, I’ve anxiously wondered about my “life’s purpose.”
Why am I here? What’s the greater meaning of my life? What’s the message I’m here to impart? What’s the point of my existence? And so on.
I’ve consulted with astrologers, Tarot card readers, career coaches,...read more
Let’s face it—running a business is hard work. And if you decide that your business has run its course, you’ve successfully exited, or you’re just tired of the daily grind, it can be difficult to move on. Plus, the idea of “getting back into the job market” can be even more daunting.
Aside from where ...read more
Muse readers are constantly asking us: Why do I keep getting rejected from jobs?
It’s a common question without an easy answer—and that’s why we’re so happy that we could get five opinions from five real people on the possible reasons why.
I’m all about being upfront when you network. It’s helpful to be honest about why you’re reaching out (for example, you’re going through a job search or moving to a new city). It can combat nerves and h...read more
One hard truth about being successful is this: You have to go above and beyond. And personally, I’ve always taken this to heart. I’ve worked longer hours than was expected of me, said yes to almost every project, and spent way too much time perfecting assignments.
However, I’m also aware that this work ethic puts me in...read more
In an ideal world, we would all have fantastic managers—bosses who helped us succeed, who made us feel valued, and who were just all-around great people. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. But, whether the person you work for is a micromanager, has anger management problems, read more
If you find yourself wondering why you majored in psychology, philosophy, or biology, when the truth is, none of those are fields you care to pursue, you’re in good company. The nagging feeling that you’re not suited read more
You’ve heard it again and again: Everyone needs a mentor in their career, if not several. Just like you want the kind of friends who can successfully guide you through life’s twists and turns—like how much you should spend on your next apartment or whether or not you should get bangs—you want people who can provide tha...read more
No one I know has ever claimed that changing jobs, making a major career transition, and figuring out what it is you truly want to do is a piece of cake. While it may not require blood, sweat, and tears exactly, a career pivot undoubtedly requires deep self-reflection, hard work, and, drumroll, please: risk-taking.
Because you don&rsquo...read more
No matter where you are in your career, sometimes you need a little help to really shine at work. Whether you’re looking for friendly advice on meeting a specific challenge or a kick in the pants to totally transform your career, you can often find that help in a great book.
But where to even start? We’ve done the research f...read more
When Marchelle Johnson, a native of Michigan, finished college and received her masters in human resources, most of her friends were getting jobs at the nation’s top automotive companies. When you’re from Michigan, that’s just what you do—cars are part of the state’s bloodstream, for better or worse.
But Ma...read more
During Tristan Layfield’s first year after college, he worked as a research technician at a university near Detroit. Eight months in, he took a Friday off to visit Chicago with a friend. Before he left, he submitted his time sheet.
That Thursday, though, there was a glitch in the system. He could only record regular working hours,...read more
Maybe it’s because the name itself conjures images of your career counselor in high school. Or, maybe it’s the fact that most of us have only been on the interviewee side of the table, and never the interviewer.
Either way, if you haven’t done them before, informational interviews can be one of the more awkward aspects...read more
Way back in school, when you first thought about the working world, I bet you had a pretty limited view of what kinds of jobs existed: Doctor, teacher, lawyer, and, maybe accountant.
But even though, you eventually learned that there were lots of other careers out there, you probably still had a limited view of read more
Working from home can be awesome; you have more freedom and flexibility, you don’t have to commute, and let’s be real—an occasional conference call in your PJ’s certainly isn’t terrible.
I’ve been working from home for the past three years—and for the most part, I love it. But when you’re ...read more
You’re having a bad day. A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. You’re not getting anything done, and your self-esteem’s taking a hit. I get it. Alexander gets it. We all have our reasons f...read more
During the month of December 2016, I embarked on a 30-day challenge to validate a business idea, limiting myself to spending less than $500 to make that happen.
I asked you to tell me what idea I should validate, too. The consensus: A hiking guide for California.
The challenge was a maj...read more
No matter how rewarding your full-time job may be, finding the right side business ideas and eventually becoming fully self-employed is even more meaningful than great pay and solid benefits.
Choosing the path of entrepreneurship, and working on your side business idea, is without a doubt riskier tha...read more
Standing out, especially in the tech industry, can be tough. You’re competing with people with similar skillsets, so setting yourself apart can be difficult. Went to a good school? Check. Attended a coding camp? Awesome. You can beat the Oregon Trail ...read more
There’s an issue in the tech industry, and it’s one we’ve known about for quite some time. While many tech companies are trying to increase their female workforce, a majority of them still have a shockingly low number of women among their ranks.
In fact, a read more
For the last two to three months, I have completely lost interest in my job of seven years. Initially, the job was very interesting, and I took a lot of initiative. It helped me grow as a professional. But I just can’t do it anymore. I put a lot of effort into delivering my projects wi...read more
It sucks when you get passed over for a promotion. And it sucks even more when it keeps happening every single review cycle. All kinds of thoughts probably cross your mind. You might wonder if you’re not good enough. You might wonder if you’re not valued. And then, you mig...read more
With over millions of individuals opting to forego traditional careers and start a freelance business that gives them more flexibility to create a lifestyle they love, we’re seeing an unprecedented shift in the way companies function around the world.
Hiring freelancers is becoming not only more acceptable, but more attractiv...read more
Of the 2,043 people who made it to the 2018 FORBES list of the World’s Billionaires, 11 of them are black.
The Nigerians take the lead. Cement tycoon Aliko Dangote retains his position as the richest black person in the world, with a fortune estimated at $14.1 billion. He is followed by Nigerian oil and telecoms mogul Mike Adenuga...read more
When Neil Patrick Harris was in his late teens and early 20s, he rocketed into fame starring on the hit TV show, Doogie Howser, M.D. Precocious and prodigiously talented, he quickly became one of the most sought-after young actors of his generation.
Many of Harris’ young Hollywood friends read more
“You can’t be a programmer. You’re too creative.”
Christine Beaubrun, a web developer at Crew, heard this from two different people when she first contemplated a career in tech.
After spending a few years in the hospitality industry, Beaubrun didn’t feel satisfied with her career and decided to return...read more
You’ve had another rough day at work.
And as you’re talking about your lackluster job or about feeling lost in your career path, a well-meaning friend or relative responds with, “Well, what do you want to do?”
Silence. If only it were that easy, right?
Choosing a new caree...read more
Like the dreaded “Tell me about yourself,” the question, “Why are you interested in this position?” is sure to come up in an interview. And, even if it doesn’t, if you want the job you should get th...read more
The road to your dream career is rarely a straight path. Dreams evolve, especially when you’re open to new experiences in front of you. It’s natural to want to expand in a new direction or chart a new course—in fact it’s a good thing!
There are many ways to make changes to your career, whether it’s taking o...read more
Have you heard a story like this before?
Kate finds her dream job. Kate loves it! Kate gets burnt out. Kate gets sad. Finally, Kate wonders if maybe there’s no real passion out there for them.
What do you do if you’re Kate?
I have some ans...read more
One of the most shocking conversations you will ever have in your job is when your boss tells you that you’re done working for the company. Maybe it’s a layoff that completely blindsides you. Maybe it’s a performance-related issue that you were aware of.
No matter the cause, the actual event can be a total shocker...