Five Women

After doing the quintessential work of babysitting and accompanying choir soloists at auditions, Cheryl is my first real boss at my first real job—obnoxious state taxes, name tag, and all. The first weeks I am deferential and easily spooked by weekend rushes, realizing that I will always be battling to show up on time in the mornings.

Two 29-Year-Old Canadians Talk About Jobs

In The Globe And Mail last year, an anonymous 29-year-old wrote in to describe the difficulty he’s had finding a well-paid, stable career in a corporate environment and has been getting by on short-term marketing contract jobs. After his letter was published, a few corporate recruiters got in touch with the letter writer and helped him with his resume, which has led to … more contract jobs. From last week’s followup by the Globe:

How was turning 30?

Awful. I didn’t think I’d be here at 30. I thought I’d be a little more settled. By the time my parents were 30, they had kids, they had their first place and they had their careers reasonably settled on. That’s not really the case with me.

Where are you right now?

I’ve done more contract work with various marketing and promo companies. It’s been awesome as far as gaining experience and more contacts.

Are you on a contract as we speak?

No, I’m between contracts.

Why We Need Mentors

When I was a young, bright-eyed graduate student intent on reporting from a news bureau in Europe or Asia or The Middle East, I signed up for the program as a mentee, and was paired with a foreign correspondent who worked and lived in Italy.

Mentors Who Get Paid Are Actually Consultants

I strongly believe that having a mentor is a good thing and highly valuable while building your career, but I would never accept money to mentor anyone.

Working Toward Equal Pay

The Atlantic has a good discussion with Francine Blau, a labor economist at Cornell, about why we have not yet reached parity for men and women in the workplace.

My Career Mentor, My Mother

Career mentorship just isn't relevant until you're an anxious college freshman (me), or a first-time entry-level employee (everyone else). But even when I started thinking about where I wanted my career path to lead, it still didn't hit me that a fantastic source of guidance was also the source of my favorite minestrone soup recipe.

Mentor/Mentee Adorable, Have Great Relationship, Made For Each Other, Perfect, Etc.

Did you know that This American Life Host/incredible human being Ira Glass is Rookie editor/ young genius Tavi Gevinson’s mentor? IT’S TRUE. (Glass’s wife, Anaheed Alani, is Rookie’s story editor, so really it’s more like a fantastic THREEWAY OF MENTORSHIP.) Anyway: You can read all about that at the Wall Street Journal, if you’d like.

It sure is good that I’ve decided never to be jealous of anyone ever again, otherwise, wow, this would make for some tough reading. [STRAINED SMILE]