My friend Emily and I first met while preparing to study abroad in Barcelona in 2003. Some of the first things I learned about her were that she loved ice hockey and sailing. After we graduated, Emily took a summer job as the seasonal program director of a yacht club. She took it again the following year, and the year after that.
Leda was feeling stuck at her job, so she decided to go see a life coach. The experienced surprised her.
It always seems like a fluke when you hear how someone else got her job, so we polled a few folks to hear some stories.
His feeling was that you couldn't only measure how good a job was by how you felt in the morning—the more important consideration was how you felt at the end of the day.
K., a 67-year-old former marketing executive, worked at a women's fashion company for 30 years before retiring two years ago. When I learned that K. wouldn't watch Mad Men because it too perfectly captured the life of a woman working on Madison Avenue, I immediately wanted to hear more about her work history and background.
The idea was simple: to gather a group of women who would meet regularly to support each others' lives and careers by reading and discussing interesting books and articles, and by sharing thoughts, experiences, and resources. Steph and I hoped it might become something we'd want to participate in for the long-term, allowing us to track people's career development through various life phases and jobs.