by Devi Jags · 08 May 2020 · 7 min read
Having a successful career and a happy home life can prove to be a difficult goal for a lot of working mothers, but Yale-educated and Columbia-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Lara Devgan proves that through determination, hard work, and a lot of organization, working moms really can have the best of both worlds.
"Who are you meeting for lunch this week?" Without fail, my former boss would ask me this question in every weekly status we had. And I dreaded the question.
Nobody knows what it's like to be sh*t out of luck like Suzy Batiz.
If there is one thing I have learned in my short period of being a career-driven woman, it is that mentorship is highly valuable. If there is anything else I have learned, it is that actually finding a mentor is no simple task.
I barely met this person an hour ago, briefly judged him, and hadn't even heard of the program he mentioned. He instructed me how I can apply for him to be my official mentor and to email him the following week. From then on, we met every day once a month for coffee. Never once was he late, never once did he not have a notebook and pen prepared for our meeting, and never once did he not begin our conversation with, "Are you taking care of your mental health?"
After feeling suffocated in my professional life as a business strategist, I realized that I already had all the tools I needed to turn my life around. So, I began strategizing my own career like I would a brand.
In my line of work, strategic initiatives and planning are the foundation of growth and success. Once that strategy is in effect, we must continually analyze and assess its position, perspective, and potential to increase gains and profit. The same is true for career advancement. We are each individual brands seeking growth. Much like the businesses I formulate strategies for, we as professionals will make some mistakes along the way that deter us from our full career potential. When I look back at my journey and my brand there are three outstanding mistakes that come to mind that I've found to be common among all professionals.
When I was in junior high school, my friends and I would be on our (then cool) cordless phones for countless hours. I have absolutely no idea how we could talk for so long, or what we even talked about!