I Became a Web Developer Despite Others Telling Me I Couldn’t

“You can’t be a programmer. You’re too creative.” Christine Beaubrun, a web developer at Crew, heard this from two different people when she first contemplated a career in tech. Here's how she managed to prove them wrong by joining a software engineering program and landing her current job.

Everything That’d Be Different if You Stopped Believing in a Linear Career Path

“We are suffering from the career myth—a delusional belief in the outdated idea of linear career progression,” researchers say. What if you changed your career path definition and stopped expecting a nice, neat road to speed down toward a fixed destination with no turnoffs or alternate routes?

An Inspirational Reminder That You’re Never “Too Old” to Change Careers

Why are we so resistant to the idea of pursuing a new career in our 40s? Or 50s? or 60s? Or later? The idea feels foreign, maybe a little uncomfortable, in a culture fascinated by child prodigies and constantly manufacturing 30-under-30 lists. But should it be? Charlotte Clymer says absolutely not.

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.

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.

4 Tips to Turn Your Side Hustle Into Your Main Hustle (According to 4 People Who Did It)

Very few of us are able to start our careers doing exactly what we always wanted to do. But the good news is many professionals are able to fit passion projects them into their free time. And some lucky and hardworking folks can eventually turn their side hustles into full-time employment.

5 Pretty Decent Benefits of Starting Your Career in Customer Service

Customer service may not be your end goal, but it's definitely a great place to start. Working in customer support provides you with the expertise you need to be successful in any career. Here are five skills you will gain, in particular, when you decide to give it a try.

Sterling K. Brown: “I Had to Let Go of Who I Was, in Order to Become Who I Am”

Sterling K. Brown went into Stanford thinking he'd study economics, but ended up earning a degree in drama instead. “I had to let go of who I was, in order to become who I am,” he said in his commencement speech to the class of 2018. “It is a process you’ll have to go through over and over again.”

3 Things Every PhD Needs to Know About Getting a Job Outside Academia

OK, so you’re a PhD candidate who’s suddenly realized they don’t want to work in academia—and thinking about making the switch into a completely new role is giving you the sweats. Don't worry! Here's what you should know to change careers.