As an educator at heart, this months focus (it’s Back to School!) is my favorite to date. Alongside guest posts on topics ranging from how to prepare yourself for your senior year of high school and tips to crush paper writing, to jumpstarting your college career and finding your way afterward, I’ve also had the chance to connect with some amazing women whose career profile interviews will surely inspire you toward your goals.
These interviews have been one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of running Strategy Girl. Each and every single one is a learning experience. I’m in awe of women’s willingness to share their stories—stories that have helped me reflect on my own career journey, and think deeply about where that journey might take me next. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from many of the interviewees it’s that I’m in control of what the next step is—and some days that is a scary thought! Most of the time, however, it is what gets me out of bed each day.
Over the six months that SG has been around, I’ve learned a lot. Most of which I could not have learned in any of the many many years of my formal schooling (a BS, MSED, and Doctorate later). Two significant takeaways that relate to the future of Strategy Girl: 1) I don’t want to run a “media company/organization” nor am I in a position to do so with my knowledge, background, skillsets, and interests and 2) there is more work to be done to empower young women toward meeting their goals (education, career, and otherwise).
Because I am someone who tries very hard to focus on what I can do and not what I cannot do, I am going to be putting in the work to hash out the next steps for Strategy Girl. One of those next steps, short-term, is that the blog will no longer hold a formal theme each month. Although I loved the “order” I felt it gave us, I want to entertain submissions from across education and career-related topics every month, as well as those that tie in wellness. Wellness is part of our education and career focus because you can’t perform well in either of those realms if you aren’t in the right place/space, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
At this time, everything else will remain the same: I will still be on the lookout for awesome women to interview for our career profiles, shouting out individuals, organizations, and women in business who I admire and who inspire, and we will be posting on IG about the types of submissions that are going to be most relevant and beneficial to our readers. We hope you will stay along for the ride—there’s a lot to look forward to between now and the end of the calendar year—as we need your guidance and support!
And don’t forget: education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.