Getting Fired From My First Job Led Me to Find My Career Path

Tristan Layfield was fired from his first job rather unfairly. But he didn't let this setback stop him—he went on to work in retail, then as a site specialist at a laboratory supply company, then as a project manager at IBM.

One Engineer Explains How Relationships Can Have a Big Impact on Your Career

Is there more to the tech world than technical skills? Here's how personal relationships can help your tech career.

I Had to Take a Sabbatical to Find Direction in My Career

For Sabriya Stukes, graduating with her PhD should’ve been a happy day. She’d wanted to be a scientist since she was a kid. But she felt lost and her mental health at work took a hit. Here's her career journey and how she took a sabbatical to figure out her path.

After Fighting Gender Discrimination, Lynn Povich Became Newsweek’s First Female Senior Editor

Lynn Povich was one of 46 women at Newsweek who became the first in media to sue for gender discrimination. She later became the magazine's first female senior editor and the only woman in the room at story and cover conferences.

Rich Donovan Proved Cerebral Palsy Wouldn’t Hold Him Back on Wall Street

Rich Donovan wanted to be a rocket scientist in high school, which probably would have been a more sensible career for someone with cerebral palsy than the one he ultimately chose: trader on Wall Street. He was the only trader at his firm on Wall Street with a visible disability, as far as he knew.

10 People on What It Was Like to Be the First (or Only) at Work

We gathered 10 true inspirational stories of trailblazers who were the first (or the only one) at work in some way—including Adam Rippon, Cesar Vargas, Michael Tubbs, Lynn Povich, and Rumana Ahmed—to remind you that no matter what obstacles are standing in your way, you can go after your goals.

3 Steps You Need to Take to Actually Start a Side Hustle

Day job not fulfilling your passions? Here's 3 steps to actually start your side hustle.

I Got a Job I Love in Real Estate Without Meeting All the Qualifications

Taylor Haeffele thought being a dietitian was her dream role—that is, until it wasn't. Here's how she made the switch after several years to become a real estate specialist and used her transferable skills to land the job.

Volunteering Helped Me Figure Out What I Was Actually Passionate About

Jennifer Bangoura spent four years in the Peace Corps doing volunteer work in Africa. The work she did helped her uncover her true passion—helping people—and she's now a career services specialist at 2U, where she provides career development and education services to graduate students.

3 Reasons That Job Wasn’t a Waste of Time, Even if Your Current One’s Completely Different

It's easy to think that your last job was a complete waste of time if you find yourself in a different career now. It's also important to recognize how your past positions and work experience helped prepare you for your current role. Your last job wasn't a waste at all! Here's why.