Archives by Tag 'challenges'

Colleen. Early Experiences, Milestones, Roadblocks, Obstacles and Support

By - Last updated: Friday, November 13, 2009

Early Experiences   I asked Colleen to tell me about the experiences in her early life which she believed had the greatest impact on her work life and career. She told me she grew up on a farm and loved it.  She believes it's a healthy way to grow up because farms operate within the  context of a strong work ethic.  She says: "Everybody on a farm has to work, so whether it's haying or feeding and mucking animals, no one is let off the hook in terms of doing something and no matter what it's good, honest work. So I think that growing up on a farm is one of the early experiences that shaped me".  She says she thinks another ...

“What should I do now?”

By - Last updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The question we received was: "I just finished the interview process for Investment Banking grad recruitment at the Banks. After making it to second rounds with multiple banks, I did not get an offer. I do not have a backup plan and now all the banks have finished recruitment. What should I do now?"   Congratulations on making it to the second round with multiple banks.  This tells me you have both the resume and the interview skills to make it through some strenuous screening filters.  For next steps, I would do a few things.  First, consider expanding your horizon beyond the bank owned dealers.  There are many excellent independent firms that would provide you with great experience and whose interview and ...

Olivia. Male and Female Experience, Working Mothers

By - Last updated: Thursday, November 5, 2009

Male and Female Experience   I asked Olivia to offer her impression of the difference between her experience and the experience of a male colleague. And she said:  "Well it's sort of like when I was younger and working at the grocery store. When a woman doesn't have any time for herself, it means that she has a job.  You know guys go out and have their golf games and they go to the Super Bowl and they go to the hockey game at night and do all that and that actually is a social time for them.  For me, that's just an obligation, having to go out.  When I want to have time for myself I don't want to do that. ...

“What are the secrets of your success?”

By - Last updated: Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What are the secrets to my success?  That really makes me think.  I've had extraordinary good luck in my life and I've had extraordinary bad luck.  A person can pity and envy me at the same time.  But still, I feel like a success and I think it comes down to some great circumstances and just one secret really.  That secret has to be my attitude.   My attitude to life is essentially positive and confident.  When I go through a really rough patch I generally feel that I will come out well on the other side and that my character and empathy will be enhanced by the experience.  This applies to struggles at work, but also personal tragedies like my miscarriages ...