Everything a Woman Graduate Needs to Know (But No One is Telling Her)
I’m heading to Amsterdam tomorrow to meet with our Dutch diversity team and New York later this week on a (somewhat impetuous) personal trip to visit my best friend and see one of my idols (hint: her name starts with an “O” and ends with a “prah.”) If I have any gender agenda “Aha! moments,” you’ll hear about them right here.
In the meantime, Selena Rezvani (yet another social networking connection) has contributed a guest piece aimed at the slew of women preparing to graduate from universities around the world. As I told Selena, I believe that much of this advice is germane not only for soon-to-be grads, but all working women early in their careers. I think you’ll find it to be very practical and encourage you to share it with an upcoming grad or working-world “newbie” in your office or in your life.
And to the global graduating class of 2010 around the world – a huge congratulations on your academic achievements. Welcome to the working world – come help us make it even better…
Selena Rezvani is the author of “The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School.” Selena is on a mission to propel more women into top leadership roles, a goal she achieves through the consulting and coaching practices of her firm, NextGenWomen, LLC. She holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and an MSW from New York University. I follow Selena on Twitter @NextGenWomen.
“When I hear that women are graduating with the majority of bachelors and advanced degrees, I get butterflies. Surely, the advantage of educational credentials will give the next generation of women leaders a running start, right? Top degrees are important and needed, but not enough. In order to truly move from newcomer to leader, there are a number of practices we need to engage in on the job. What’s more, if you ask nearly any professional woman, she has a list of things she wishes she’d learned sooner about the work world.
Here are the top 6 lessons intended for the newcomer, shared by the women I interviewed for my book: