Pursuit: 5 awesome pieces of advice

Two weeks ago we saw some of the advice Sheryl Sandberg gives young women. Although her advice is inspiring and motivating, I find it lacks in tactical advice.  Which raises the question, is there any good career advice  for young women?

Today I want to share with you one my favorite sources of career and life advice.

The Grindstone (grindstone.com) – is a multi-author blog part of B5 media. B5 media is a woman-focused online conglomerate steadily growing in popularity. The articles are written in the form of blog posts by different writers.  The posts vary in quality and are mostly targeted at women who are out of school. But one particular writer, Jen Dziura, (on thegrindestone.com and thegloss.com [a fashion/beauty/lifestyle website]) targets young women in her “Bullish” series.

 My five favorite pieces of advice via Jen, explanations paraphrased by me

  1. Extreme plan
    1. Jen suggests to “pull out those calendars” and plan what you need to get done in 6 month, 12 month, and  5 year time lines.  Break it down. What do you need to get done every week to achieve your goal in 6 months? In 5 years?
  2. Be “ballsy”
    1. Pardon the terminology, essentially she’s advocating that you’ll have to ask to get things done and go places. Don’t be afraid to ask. If you’re working for the summer and saving up for tuition – don’t be afraid to ask for a raise. Show how you’ve saved your boss money, improved efficiency etc. Provide evidence and frame your raise requests using that information.
  3. Strive for balance later on in life
    1. If you’re young, use your youthful energy to get lots done now.
  4. Believing in sleep
    1. Jen also writes a health/love/lifestyle column on thegloss.com One of her posts outlines her day-to-day routine. In this post Jen points out that she really “believes in sleep.” Getting enough sleep (everyday!) improves productivity, clarity of thought, and helps you feel great. More on the necessity of sleep.
  5. Do not waste free time on unproductive or mildly pleasurable activities
    1. Maximize your free time. If you’re wasting hours on the internet, clicking mindless links, you’re likely going to regret wasting that time!! She suggests  to either plan out “fun activities” ahead of time or use that free time being productive.
    2. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes an hour of “mindless internet clicking” is exactly what you may need to “maximize” free time. Just be mindful of it.

 And here, are few of my favorite Jen posts:

Achieve Goals and Glory by Recreating like a Total F*** Bad***

Let Gratitude Help Drive Your Ambition

And one of my all time favs:

Speak Up Like a Competent Bad*** in Class and at Work  


If you could offer young women one piece of career and/or life advice, what would it be?

Divya Pahwa writes about young-lady career advice on the weekly series Pursuit, here on the  McGill Caps Blog.

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