What is some powerful career advice for women who are just starting out? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
Answer by Brittany No’el Packnett, Co-Founder, Campaign Zero & Vice President,Teach For America, on Quora:
People ask me for career advice often. I never ask them what job title they want to have, how much they want to make or even where they want to live. Those are the wrong questions. The question is this:
What do you want to be true in the world because you are here and doing the work?
Having a vision for the way you want to affect the world will lead you to the work you are meant to do. Triangulate that vision with your skill set, unique talents, and passion. Follow the lead of those answers, and keep asking yourself that question throughout your life.
I have found that when I’m honest about my answers and follow their direction, I end up doing work that I care about really well and with intention. Those stronger results enable me to continue to move forward in that path and assert myself as invaluable to the people I work with. The evidence of my work and my ability to speak to my successes set me up for more.
And that, in particular, is my advice for women, at any point in their career: don’t be afraid to discuss your wins, gifts and talents. We are hesitant to “brag” on ourselves. But I stopped thinking of it as bragging: I realized that if I’m going to get what I want, I have to give others a full picture of all I can do. Who am I to give them a half full picture? Don’t confuse humility with undermining yourself: the latter is not cute!
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