Welcome to the Weekly Reads, where I highlight articles that I found on the web and that are focused on career advice, lifestyle, beauty or anything I think would round-up as useful for the young, modern, working woman. Just get yourself comfortable, pour a cup of coffee – or tea – and enjoy this week’s reads!
What have I been up to this week
I had a busy week with both lots of Master’s assignments due and also a tough work week – though, I achieved a major client milestone. However, the work is not done and this week is the week of truth for getting the project through. So “Hello long-hour work days” and Uber rides to work!
Other than that I am on the final stretch for my Master’s Degree and to be very honest, I can’t wait for it to be over. The novelty of doing a million things at once and spending all my weekends on group calls and writing assignments is over. I have enjoyed it quite a lot and still am but I am also looking forward to reclaiming the weekends and evenings for myself!
The Weekly Reads
Personal Development. Very very good article from The Muse on personal development and how important is to your career. They touch on topics such as emotional intelligence and identifying results you are unhappy with and working backwards to understand how you can adress them, how to feel confident in your strenghts and talents (I know I struggled a lot with finding my strengths) and much more. Really worth your time.
Taking control back. The Every Girl put together a list of 10 books to read if you are struggling with your finances. I feel like I need a reset in terms of my spending and finances so I might reach for one of those books.
How to handle difficult conversations at work. I believe that being able to handle tough conversations at work is a must have skill for anyone. Career Contessa has a few tips on how to best handle it, from taking a moment to breathe to altering your mindset, being compassionate and being solution oriented. One of the things that help me get ahead is always trying to stay solution oriented. This comes handy not only in difficult converstaion with your direct reports but also in meeting. You will come across a thousand tense meetings and people will blame each other and lose perspective so it’s crucial to always look for a way out of the problem.
Sweater weather. This weekend I grabbed this beautiful & Other Stories sweater/cardigan as a present for a friend. The golden, dinosaur shaped buttons ar so cute. Now I kind of want it for myself too.
The Big Read. I came across this blog post from The Literary Edit on how she took on the top 100 book list from BBC’s Big Read. As I will be soon finishing my Matser’s studies, I definitely feel like I need a new challenge and this sounds just like the right thing to do. Only thinking about it, it made me feel so excited and remember all of the reading I used to do as a kid and pretty much until I started/finished college. And the excitement to cross things off, oh I can’t even begin to describe it. One thing though, I cannot decide whether I will go for this list or build my own list since I want to make sure I read the good stuff.
Thank you for reading and I hope you are having a fabulous week!