Behind Of a Kind

I am a huge fan of Of a Kind and the ladies behind it, Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, so I was excited to see this interview with them up on The Cut, where they talk about how they came up with the idea for their business and all the panic -- okay, and hard work -- that went into making it happen.

Five Relevant Facts About Betty White As Gleaned From Her AMA

5. If she had not been a famous actress, she would have been a zookeeper. As far as her favorite animal goes, she loves, "Anything with a leg on each corner." (Update: "I love snakes too!")

“Welcome to the paradise of the modern artist.” – An Interview With Tom Toro, ‘New Yorker’ Cartoonist

I met Tom in English class during my sophomore year of high school, and we became acquaintances and occasional friends. Mostly, I had a crush on him. After high school, I moved out of the Bay Area and to the East Coast, where I received sporadic updates on high school friends from my good friend Julia. She mentioned something about Tom drawing for the New Yorker, a piece of information I filed away until I saw this cartoon posted on Facebook.

Time vs. Money

Financial Times columnist David Coupland is sometimes asked for career advice along the lines of whether or not someone should take a practical job that pays well over doing something that is enjoyable, yet maybe not so practical. Coupland went to art school and perhaps is best known for writing Generation X and popularizing the term in the early '90s when Gex X was getting as much grief as the millennial generation does today. His advice? You have a limited amount of time, so spend it well. Your twenties is the best time to try out a bunch of different things and figure out what you want to do.

How To Be Anna Holmes

For Cosmo, Jill Filipovic talked to Anna Holmes about her career path and how she came to be the founder of Jezebel, a NY Times columnist, and now, Felix Salmon's boss at Fusion. It is basically a no-bullshit job history, and full of insight and realtalk.

The Service Element of Creative Work

Writer, artist, and person-I-keep-posting-about Austin Kleon talks to Tina Essmaker at the Great Discontent about his winding career path, taking calculated risks, and why he doesn't subscribe to Do What You Love. Woo! I liked this a lot:

Grateful for the Opportunity

I took my first job like many people do, fresh out of college and sick of working in a coffee shop, fetishizing the trappings of a 9-to-5 lifestyle, the desk, business cards, the quiet self-satisfaction that comes with having a cubicle and health insurance. Mostly, I was scared, and grateful that someone wanted to hire a 23-year-old with no relevant experience to do a job that was salaried and not hourly.

Talking to Our Parents About Their Careers and Ours

A little over a year ago, Tess Vigeland left her job as the host of Marketplace Money (see here). She's currently working on a book about "career choices, ambition, the pressure to have a linear, upward trajectory in your work life," and has been traveling around the country interviewing people, including her own parents. Vigeland wrote a post yesterday detailing the conversation she had with her mother, a former teacher, and her father, an orthopedic surgeon who is still practicing medicine.

Job of the Day: Public Librarian

Librarians are doing God's work. I don't even believe in God but I mean that.

Women Working in Architecture

This week, Curbed is looking at the careers of women who work in architecture. They recently profiled Courtney Brett, who at 24 became the youngest architect to be licensed by the American Institute of Architects:

Brett’s ascent as an architectural whiz kid was set in motion, ironically, by her parents’ worries over her future. “I have an anxious personality, and they realized that if everything depended on standardized testing, I might panic and not do very well,” she says. To get her comfortable with the SAT, her parents signed her up at the age of 11 and assured her that the results didn’t matter. Based on her score—which Brett says she doesn’t remember, but which was obviously quite good—Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, recruited her for their early-college program. She was 13, attending eighth grade in San Angelo, Texas, when she got the offer to enroll. “It was so outside what I thought was available to me,” says Brett. “And I wasn’t ready to leave home. I relied on my family for everything. My mom was still helping me style my hair.” But the following year, her father got orders to move to Florida. Brett, who was not keen on the idea of starting over in a new high school, made the leap.

Curbed will be profiling more women at different career stages this week, and you can read an overview about women in the field here.

Photo: Dennis Hill

The Ivy League Churn

In Forbes, Michael Gibson writes about "the path" a majority of Ivy League graduates take into the industries of finance and consulting, and why it might be problematic: Too many smart, talented people heading to places like Goldman Sachs after college and not to, well, the rest of the labor market looking for smart, talented individuals not heading into the financial services industry. Well, it's a good thing smart individuals also exist at non-Ivy League Schools who have decided not to take this path!

The Privilege of Doing What You Love

The aphorism of "Do what you love" (DWYL) is the work mantra of our time, but the ability to pursue work out of love and not economic necessity is also a privilege.