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teresaman's profile thumbnail
To answer question 2, is that advice from family may stem from expectations drawn from their upbringing and life experiences, that can so vastly differ from my own. A prime example of this, as a first-gen professional, is when discussing my career challenges with my mom and grandmother (with highschool and second-grade elementary education, respectively, with no formal jobs) that their responses are always to acquiesce with the present state because "one should be happy to have a stable income", which is something that I strongly do not believe in. So it's important to recognize where advice like that comes from, and to still hold our ground on what we believe in.
BeatrizAlbini's profile thumbnail
Thanks Teresa I really appreciate your input.
Interesting post! :) Some thoughts...1. Navigating conversations about pay with family/community - my parents have been very open-minded, but nonetheless, it's uncomfortable to discuss 'how to negotiate pay rises' when you already earn more than their highest salary. Perhaps also where to seek personal advice? There are things like career changes, pay, troubles at work which cannot be easily discussed with colleagues or sometimes friends - but also don't feel appropriate to unload onto recruiters etc. (Elpha is one good place for this kind of conversation!)2. Ask questions, be bold and always ask for more than you expect. This is general advice I'd give to women to be honest, but everything good I've learned has come from being curious, taking a chance on myself/others and I have regularly been disappointed because I set my expectations too low3. n/a4. Not sure if I'm your intended audience, but might be - my parents have untraditional careers but nonetheless are comfortably middle class now - so I don't know if i'd be your target! :)
BeatrizAlbini's profile thumbnail
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me. Conversations about compensation and financial decisions is a recurring theme for sure. I so appreciate your input. Super helpful.