Articles by Jacky Carter
Feeling frustrated with your career? You’re not alone. A recent discussion in Connect: Professional Women Network, powered by Citi asked for advice on what to do when you feel stuck. The comments quickly revealed that if someone wasn’t currently unhappy in her career, she’d been there at some point before.
Feeling stuck in your career can manifest itself in various forms — being disinterested in your work or not challenged by your job are some warning signs. So how do you turn things around once you decide you’re ready for a change?
Career experts stress the importance of networking in creating the career you want, but for introverts, the task can be especially daunting. An evening exchanging business cards and elevator pitches in a crowded bar feels more like a nightmare than a smart career move. But expanding your professional network and letting them know where you want to be can have a profound impact on actually getting you there.
So what’s an introvert to do?
When you have a question about your career, do you know the right people to run your problems and ideas by? We launched Connect: Professional Women’s Network, powered by Citi last April to provide women this space to openly discuss the professional topics on their radar and learn how to advance their careers. Nine months later, the community has grown to more than 100,000 members deeply engaged in conversations about things like starting your first job, reinventing your career and launching a business.
I’m amazed not only by how fast we’ve grown, but the kind of connections that are forming through online conversations and face-to-face events. Our members are located all over the world and across a variety of industries, but the common thread is how invested they are in their careers and how much they want to help fellow group members be successful in theirs.
For the longest time, I thought having a mentor meant a formal, long-term relationship with someone older and wiser in my industry. And while that is one definition, I’ve learned from the conversations in Connect: Professional Women’s Network that it’s a narrow one. In reality, mentoring relationships can be casual conversations with a colleague or someone you’re in an organization with or even learning from a stranger whose work you admire.
To celebrate National Mentoring Month, we’ve compiled some of the best advice from the members of Connect on where you can find a mentor and what to look out for. The process doesn’t have to be a big ordeal or a huge time commitment, and you might be surprised to find that you already have a mentor.
As the year comes to an end, many of us have already been reflecting on how far we’ve come in the past year and what theme we want to set for ourselves in 2013. So when we asked the members of Connect: Professional Women’s Network, a LinkedIn group powered by Citi, what big ideas were going to change the world next year, they were up to the challenge. From tackling climate change to an anti-social media movement to drastic changes to our tax structure, their ideas ran the gamut. Check out the slideshow below for more highlights from the group.