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Sweepstakes: Enter to Win a Backpack & Wristlet Combo (Closed)

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We all know that being a part of the working world means you carry a lot of stuff around—there’s no way around it, especially when you’re carrying your laptop to and from work. Until now, the we’ve been stuck carrying around heavy shoulder bags that are both painful and (truthfully) ugly.

Phuong Mai, a former strategy consultant who was tired of lugging around her work stuff, decided to create her own solution. She founded P.MAI, a new brand of luxury backpacks. Mai believes that bags should be comfortable without sacrificing style—and so do we.

Their philosophy is simple: combine luxury and utility to allow women to work to their full potential and feel great at the same time. P.MAI fosters the celebration of working women, driven by their thoughtfully made and efficient products.

Sweepstakes: Enter to Win a Backpack & Wristlet Combo
Prize
: Win a P.MAI backpack + wristlet combination in the color of your choice (cognac or black).
All entrants will also receive a discount code for $10 off your next P.MAI purchase!

How to Enter:
Comment below to tell us: What has been one of your biggest career challenges?

Deadline:
Act quickly – you only have until Tuesday, December 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter the giveaway. The winner will be randomly selected on January 5 and may be announced through Twitter and Facebook, so don’t forget to follow us to see if you’ve won. We’ll also contact the winner through email so please @levoleague.com to your safe sender list. Good luck!

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Anonymous
Anonymous

I think the biggest challenge to my career so far was having to take step back in furthering my education to aid my family when my father lost his job. Instead of going to law school, I took a job in a different field and became the sole breadwinner in a family of 5. Looking back, I appreciate the opportunity because it has allowed me to grow and mature; in a way, I feel more prepared to take on law school next year.

One of my biggest career challenges has been figuring out where I want to end up after school. I am learning all of these amazing things and have so many interests, but have a fear of getting a job that causes me to not like what I do anymore. I want to be happy wherever I end up and look forward to going to work every day.

Sha Drena Simon
Sha Drena Simon

My biggest career challenge has been finding my true path within my passion. My ambition has led me to wanting to be a Jill of all trades, literally. Though I'm superb at many things and possess an abundance of talents, I'm not exactly sure what I want to do within my field, what I want to master 100%.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I am actually about to embark on the greatest career challenge of my life. For years, I have been thinking about moving away from my field of administrative management. I thoroughly enjoyed my Management Studies degree but this path didn't fill me with the joy that I believe we all deserve. I recently completed the requirements of my postgraduate degree and though I did very well and learnt so many new things, I can't bring myself to commit to the field of cultural studies either. And so, after almost 20 years of Type A zealousness in a job that no longer adds value to my life (other than a paycheck), I've decided to walk away. Instead of being terrified, I see the uncertainty of this decision as the best birthday gift I could reward myself with in my 40th year of life.

My biggest career challenge has been finding a company that's willing to take my work seriously. Despite having a Master's degree, my field is still overcrowded to the point that even other "accomplished professionals" can't seem to provide me with a better way to find a job other than to "know the right friends". People have proven time and time again that the only time they're willing to talk to me is when they want me to pay them money or work for free... a startup just refused to pay me for $3000 worth of work or even commit to a contract because they didn't think I'd "proven myself" enough yet! If I could do it myself, I would, but telling me to just "network harder" misses the point that it simply isn't that easy...

Leaving the retail world for a Customer Service job with an insurance company.

Jill Jackson
Jill Jackson

Starting college after retirement in a totally unrelated field 25 years later

Marcy Lang
Marcy Lang

Being a mom then a preschool teacher!

Rachael Greiner
Rachael Greiner

switching states

Erin Hussman
Erin Hussman

Currently my sons medical issues are my biggest career challenge. Taking time off for appointments is taking its toll on my career.

Kimberly Alumbaugh
Kimberly Alumbaugh

having a large family and kids with special needs,

Becky Nicole
Becky Nicole

Balancing career, kids and home is quite a juggling act

lataevea burke
lataevea burke

Balancing a career and a family

getting a raise without pleading for it

Kaylin Bruce
Kaylin Bruce

One of my biggest career challenges has been trying to raise my children while also devoting myself to work. It is tough to find a balance.

Lillian K
Lillian K

My biggest career challenge is being intentional about setting time aside regularly to network both within my current company and the industry in general (which may in turn be due to work life balance challenges)

I've been following this brand on Instagram and they look amazing. My biggest career challenge was probably humbling myself and taking an internship during grad school to get into the field I love. So far, the new skills and network have totally been worth it.

Adjusting to the ever changing directors.

Denise McElroy Carlson
Denise McElroy Carlson

My biggest challenge is staying in touch with people I've met. People I've known have made a lot of job movements lately.

Balancing work life and family life. It seems like a never-ending struggle. When I worked a regular 8-5, I was getting up at 4:30 to gym and get my kids to day care and school on time and me to work. It was nuts. Then to come home and do dinner and homework. It's exhausting! Kudos to all the moms who handle it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

My biggest career challenge is not comparing myself to others. I often get discouraged when I look at other women and see what they have accomplished. I have to remember that I'm on my own path and instead of feeling defeated, to use these women as inspiration!

Anonymous
Anonymous

One of my biggest career challenges was to make a choice between:
-Staying in my own country (France) after graduation, with a lucrative job and good growing opportunities thanks to my prestigious studies;
-Move to my dream country (India), to work for at least a few years in a local company - where nobody knows about my schools
I chose the second option and so far don't regret it, as it has been an incredible year of endless learning. However I am yet to transform it as a career accelerator, which I surely will.

My biggest career challenge is working in a male dominated industry. While I haven't experience any real problems yet, there will always be a thin line between what is expected and how men and females work and present themselves.

Developing while working outside of my desired field. I currently work in hospital administration but want to be in public relations. I've utilized HR training courses to learn Photoshop and volunteer with Girls on the Run managing their social media to continue to deal with analytics and learn new social media features.

Maddy Tav
Maddy Tav

My biggest career challenge has been accurately being able to map out where I want to go so when new opportunities come along I know exactly where they stand in my grand vision of things. Currently working on that.

One of my biggest career challenges has been finding a way to utilize my degree in English in the tech industry.

Hannah McNally
Hannah McNally

One of my biggest career challenges has been learning that it's okay to ask for help when I don't know something! It's okay to not know all the answers, and asking for help can actually be a sign of strength!

One of my biggest career challenges has been getting used to hearing the word "no" and how to handle that response. I used to feel defeated but I have worked to overcome that.

Knowing what my next step will be to continue in the right path and not lose time.

Enjoying and taking advantage of current opportunities while discovering and mapping out my desired future career state. It's very easy to either get stuck trying to survive the now without thinking of the future or longing for the future without learning and growing in current challenges and opportunities. Balancing the pursuit of both current and future aspirations has been a challenging but interesting journey

One of my biggest career challenges has been accepting the change in technology. It is hard to keep up with technology and it takes over our way of thinking and doing business and dealing with customers and sometimes these technologies come with some error one of which is to not depend on it completely and trust it

Jen A
Jen A

As a young profrssional, one of my biggest work challenges is advocating for my point of view. For standing in firm in my knowledge and abilities and having confidence in the decisions I make.

Trying to work full-time while taking graduate courses!

One of my biggest work challenges has been staying organized. I am a department of 1 and I manage 15 online marketing campaigns for a variety of clients. Efficiency and accessibility to my calendars is #1 currently.

Kathleen Gauder
Kathleen Gauder

One of my biggest challenges is getting into the next phase of my career. I spent my 20s laying the groundwork, but now as I approach 30 I am eager to get to a higher level of responsibility.

Louly Kristine
Louly Kristine

Staying focused. When you've been in a job for 12 years it's hard to find the excitement sometimes.

jana moseley
jana moseley

Deciding whether to go back to college.

Kyle Preston
Kyle Preston

My current biggest career challenge is trying to work with others in an academic setting who are so unmotivated to get anything done in a timely manor. This slows everything including my advancement to a grinding halt.

My biggest career challenge has been learning not to take everything personally.

Learning when a season has ended, & taking a leap into a new one. Change is scary, but all the changes I've underwent in the 2 1/2 years of my career have been the best for me. Sometimes the unknown can scare us, but not stepping out to seeing what's awaiting us is an even bigger fear. I don't want my fears to stand in my way of growth, learning, & opportunities - I welcome the new adventures & lessons to learn.

One of my biggest challenges is overcoming misconceptions about my age, people assume that not only am I young, but that I am younger than I actually am and tend to disregard my advice.

My biggest career challenge has been gaining in depth knowledge around finances and accounting. As an entrepreneur I feel that grasping these concepts will continuously propel me to success

Anonymous
Anonymous

My biggest struggle was just to get into the industry. As a recent grad with little lab experience, it was difficult to prove my worth to hiring managers looking for specific qualifications. Now that I've made it in, deciding whether or not to pursue my Ph.D. is the next big question.

One of my biggest career challenges has been finding a mentor.

My biggest career challenge is working for such a large company. It is hard to get the exposure you need to the right people. It all depends on what projects your group is working on and if it is important to upper management.

My biggest career challenge is to integrate within an international organization while working in 3 different countries (6 months each), with completely different business cultures.

Alyssa Restivo
Alyssa Restivo

My biggest challenge has been finding confidence to change my career path to an industry I have little experience in but feel more passionate about.

So far my biggest career challenge was switching from education into travel/marketing. Thinking carefully about what skills I'd gained from teaching, and how they were transferable to the corporate world took a lot of time & focus!

My biggest challenge has been being promoted into a leadership position and finding the right balance between being a friend and being a boss.

Christina Knittel
Christina Knittel

My biggest career challenge is definitely overcoming my fear of being wrong. I am sometimes afraid to speak up because I'm scared I could be wrong. Another challenge I face is overcoming gender bias in the workplace.

One of my biggest challenges is supervising people. It's not a role I'm comfortable in or enjoy.

My biggest challenge at work has been managing my multi-task. I usually have multiple projects going on at the same time and I have had to work very hard at determining what needs priority and appeasing people who disagree with where their items lie on the priority list.

Sarah Bielejeski
Sarah Bielejeski

I'm currently struggling to find a career field that I'm passionate about. I enjoy my current job, but I'm missing something. It's difficult to know where to start!

Convincing the boss I know what I'm talking about.

Remaining flexible and open when things deviate from my plans has been a challenge for me. I'm good at planning and foreseeing possible outcomes, so staying flexible around possibilities I did not plan for is a regular challenge for me.

Taylor Burrows
Taylor Burrows

One of my biggest challenges as a young person in the workforce is finding a work life balance. I have a young daughter and every single moment is precious with her. I choose to work and to continue my career but I also miss being home with my toddler and watching her grow. I constantly struggle with the "timeline" of having more children while also forwarding my career.

Kayla Harvey
Kayla Harvey

One of my biggest career challenges has been learning to delegate and not try to do everything myself. I am continually learning that it is ok to ask for help and that it's also ok to delegate tasks, so others can learn and feel empowered!

One of my biggest career challenges has been networking. I am struggling with the idea of fostering a relationship that may not have began organically.

Amanda Ross
Amanda Ross

I have been promoted to a supervisor position and now I manage staff who are personal friends and previous co-workers. It's a struggle to maintain balance.

My biggest career challenge has been finding ways to juggle school and work--work that has a meaningful impact in finding the courage to pursue a career in artistic fields that aren't necessarily the most sure path to stability, but are where I want to be.

The biggest challenge is transitioning from one career to another without formal education or background.

Megan Borruso
Megan Borruso

My biggest challenge as an Environmental Scientist is working well with male construction workers and field personnel who often treat me as an outsider and as though I don't have experience. I've been working in my field for 10 years and this has yet to change!

Speaking up and negotiating for my salary, making sure to be fully informed and involved in all aspects of my financial decisions.

Trying to get a seat at the table as an HR professional. Sometime HR is greatly underestimated.

My biggest career challenge has been a complete career change. It was made more complicated by the fact that I was transitioning from active duty military service to being a civilian along with changing my career field.

Amanda Li
Amanda Li

I am the youngest person in my work group by at least 20 years and it has been difficult to prove myself because many of my co-workers view me as their child. I am challenged with feeling confident enough in my ideas to speak up and show that people of all ages can contribute to the conversation.

Managing different types of relationships

My biggest career challenge was to realize that I didn't need to know everything. I could rely on specialists for answers I needed. As I've grown, I've picked up a lot along the way. But I still surround myself with those that know more than me on all sorts of subjects - so I can learn. And hopefully they can learn from me.

I think my biggest challenge has been balancing time with my son, pregnancy, and working full time.

One of my biggest career challenges has been learning to be patient - there's plenty left to learn and lots of time ahead.

In the last year, I was moved to a new (for me and the team) lead/management role. I've been having to learn my leadership style with new and old members of the team (some of whom are more tenured than I am) while still pushing the whole team forward toward our goals.

Paula Jones
Paula Jones

My biggest career challenge has been learning to say no. As a hard worker and a people pleaser, it's easy to spread myself too thin.

Balancing my life between career, family and church!

Being a member of the "leadership team" but also being young and having friends as coworkers. My director is anti office friendships.

Larkin Podsiedlik
Larkin Podsiedlik

My biggest career challenge has been managing a team of older staff through a significant transition, as the newest, youngest member of the team.

One of the biggest career challenges has been learning that my career is not set in stone based on my current position. My background is in education, and I wanted to teach; things just didn't work out like I had planned. Learning that my future is still full of possibilities and taking now as a time to gain and hone new skills has helped tremendously in making my current position in administration one that is all my own.

Larkin Podsiedlik
Larkin Podsiedlik

Me too!

Balancing personal and professional limitations- there are only so many hours in a day and so many precious moments to be shared with loved ones.

One of my biggest career challenges was learning how to handle uncomfortable situations without losing myself in the process.

Proving myself.

Work-life balance, time management, and multi-tasking. Also, I need to learn how to say "NO" sometimes to taking on more than one person can realistically commit to.

Ronda Patrick
Ronda Patrick

Time at work vs Time at home, trying to have an even balance.

My biggest career challenges are passing the PE exam and learning to navigate my place in a male dominated field without filling the stereotypes of being female.

My biggest challenge is going on now. I have been out of the work force for 16 years, and have no new skills to get the jobs that the younger people can. I am 44, a mother of two girls, and have zero prospects.

Andrea Darst
Andrea Darst

Being one of the only females in a male-driven industry has been a challenge at times.

I thought coming back to work after maternity leave/leaving my previous job to have a baby was hard. But balancing work and family and the needs of a small kid along with self-care and side gigs? That is HARD.

My biggest career challenge is definitely persuading others to invest their time/talents into my projects - I find it hard to advocate for projects that I am leading even when the project will be mutually beneficial.

Combining both family life and work life was my biggest career challenge.

Taking credit for my accomplishments instead of empowering others.

Colleen Kopchik
Colleen Kopchik

Finding balance between my full-time job, perusing my MBA, my freelance work, and my personal time.

My biggest career challenge is knowing when it is time to move over verse up to advance my career longterm.

By far my biggest challenge has been being promoted as a supervisor over my peers and friends. It's difficult to go from "one of the team" to the boss. This happened at the ripe age of 20, and it's taken effort to not let that bad experience prevent me from working hard for another promotion throughout the rest of my career. I would love to know the secret to the work/friendship balance!

One of the biggest challenges for me is finding the home/work balance and trying to separate the two on a daily basis. I always take work home and spend countless hours on my phone and laptop yet I never seem to catch up. I'm currently the manager of 2-3 different areas at our facility (Guest Services, Sales and Marketing and Front Desk Staff), and trying to juggle all of them seems a bit overwhelming at times!

Biggest Career Challenge: Saying No.

My biggest career challenge has been trying to keep myself motivated and organized to run my own business from home. Working from home has it's rewards, but it also comes with its own set of challenges, and keeping myself motivated to stay on track has been a bigger challenge than any of my other "structured" jobs.

My biggest career chalLange was realizing that it is truly ok to say "No" it's liberating. Not everything needs to be done then and there. It will all be there tomorrow. Also, I can't do it all and even with my side hustle I have to say "No".

Meg Gerloff
Meg Gerloff

Going from a 50+ person firm to a firm with only 5 people (now we have 12!). The transition was a challenge at first, but I'm so glad I did it. I've learned a lot and feels good to be part of the "original crew."

Second guessing my moves or having doubters second-guess me.

Savannah
Savannah

Challenge is being comfortable with a mostly male workplace. It's challenging to accept a compliment or know when to speak up. I work in a law firm of mostly young men and this is a challenge as I feel I am a baby sitter, co-worker, and professional constantly.

One of my biggest career challenges has been leaving a rewarding position to follow my husband's career and taking a position to fill the time gap that is not nearly as rewarding or personally fulfilling to me.

Lori Mahan
Lori Mahan

My biggest challenge is dealing with parents- you guessed it, I'm a teacher.

Controlling my emotions at work can be tough.

Carol Burgess
Carol Burgess

When I have to be deployed, I'm in the Army

Anonymous
Anonymous

Moving to Sydney from New York and adjusting to the work culture as well as finding work here in the first place!

April Mae Dauffenbach
April Mae Dauffenbach

One of the biggest career challenges I faced was breaking into a male dominated industry, and office work, from a predominately female service industry. I stepped into a leadership role, and had to prove myself as a young female in a tenured male dominated world. It was a big growth opportunity that I am grateful for.

My biggest career challenge has been a single mom of 4 awesome kids and been a granny of 4 amazing grand girl's and being a full time office manager for a join miltary base in alaska

My biggest career challenge this year has been managing the transition after my boss left.

Stepping into a management role - of a team of all men!

My biggest career challenge has been juggling work life balance and avoiding burnout. 60+ hour weeks leave little time for further training and really delving into my passions, which can leave a feeling of stagnation. Learning to leave work and say "no" or share work has been a big hurdle.

My biggest challenge was moving to freelance several months ago. I took a leap and accepted a new position, which provided me flexibility schedule wise and project wise. I have several "clients" now, but am having a hard time shaking that one position I just don't want to be in anymore. My blog keeps me in touch with what makes me happy and I think that will, therefore, continue to be a positive investment of my time. I plan to be more proactive in 2016, define my goals more clearly, acquire more paying projects, and be in control!

One of my biggest challenges has been being so young. I feel like people don't take me as seriously despite the experience I've had.

Julie Taguding
Julie Taguding

Being young and new in the workforce and feeling that I am constantly being looked upon to prove I am capable, qualified, and a force to be reckoned with.

My biggest challenge in my career so far has been my age. I've been very fortunate to have set up my network so that I've never had to job search for full-time positions. But at 21, no matter how qualified I am or how I secured the job, everyone treats me differently - as if I don't know answers to logical questions or have to be reminded of everything all the time. It's frustrating, and hard to bring up this problem to coworkers without sounding like I have the "stereotypical" millennial attitude.

One of my biggest career challenges has been reminding myself that I AM, in fact, good enough for my position and authority and that my boss isn't actually going to come to me one day and say, "What are you doing here? This was a mistake, you're not a REAL professional, you don't REALLY belong here." It took a long time, but now I know that I've earned the position, authority, and recognition that I get in my career.

My biggest career challenges that I have faced in 2015, is balancing work/ life responsibilities such as; children, caring for a sick parent, commuting to and from New Jersey to New York everyday(Hour and 45 minutes both ways) and acclimating myself to a new Product Management role from Business Analyst. Keeping myself motivated on a day to day basis is always a big challenge, but I push threw and somehow manage to get it done!!! :)

My biggest challenges in recent years are being a focused, single woman in a field where most women don't go (movie producing) and, honestly, myself. Sometimes I'm my own obstacle!

Biggest challenge: Putting the work down! I love this stuff!

Stephanie Doran
Stephanie Doran

My biggest challenge is saying no and finding a balance between my work life and personal life.

My biggest challenge was figuring out what I wanted to do as my career. It was very challenging when I didn't know what my 'dream job' consisted of because I was putting limitations on what an "acceptable" career looked like...I worked jobs that paid the bills, but didn't bring me joy in any way. Finally, I turned a hobby into a part time side hustle, then took steps to advance that side hustle to full time, very fulfilling dream career.

Biggest challenged this year has been managing short term growth and long term strategy. Cheers to doing it better in 2016!

My biggest challenge has been to speak up. I love working with others and don't need the spotlight, yet I have ideas that are often different than others. New Years' Resolution ready to start today!

One of the biggest career challenges I've had would have to be realizing when it's time to say no. In the past, I've often picked up more work than I could handle because it was great experience, but I realized I needed to figure out how to manage my time and my expectations.

My biggest career challenge is realizing my worth and potential within the industry I am in and not allowing my lack of experience to pull me away from advancing and asking for a raise and/or a promotion.

Ryan Harrison
Ryan Harrison

I'm a young VP, so navigating how to manage staff and create a positive culture is my challenge!

LaTanya Orr
LaTanya Orr

My biggest career challenge in 2015 has been standing firm on my business terms including pricing and project management schedule. Additionally saying "no" to projects that are outside my wheelhouse.

Riddhi Desai
Riddhi Desai

For my big challenges is to figuring out personal branding and how to use it as an advantage in my public health career.

My biggest challenge has been dealing with the impostor syndrome and accepting praise from my peers and bosses that I am doing a good job.

Amanda Osswald
Amanda Osswald

Having to figure out how to switch fields has been an ongoing struggle for me. I had no idea what I wanted to do moving through college and now that I do it's starting to bite me in the butt!

Switching to a completely new career

juggling so many different jobs and learning to let go of things i cant control are big challenges for me

My biggest challenge is just trying to balance work with family life. I would like to start a family soon, but worry how it will impact my future and career.

My biggest challenge has been remaining positive among negative co-workers.

On my biggest career challenges has been finding a career that strikes a balance between helping others and meeting my financial needs.

Heather Smith
Heather Smith

I'm a very soft-spoken person, and found it difficult to get others to 'hear'me. I had to learn how to time opportunities to get my ideas/concerns out there, and to the correct people!

I struggle with remembering that it is okay to put myself first.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Deciding to transition into a new career and go to business school a decade after graduating from undergrad.

Time management has been a challenge for me, since I wear three different 'hats' in my current job.

My biggest career challenge has been trying to follow a certain path to get me where I want to be versus going with the flow and learning from all opportunities presented to me

One of my biggest career challenges was figuring out how to navigate a really toxic team. From my boss, to his boss, to her boss, none of my 3 layers of management got along with each other, and the top two didn't get along well with our business partners either.

As a result, I had to learn how to create my own relationships and get things done while still being a team player (even in our incredibly loose definition of the term). It's been tiring, and taught me a lot about what (not) to look for in a team before joining in the future!

Work life balance after a second child!

Knowing when to move on

Linda Knight
Linda Knight

My biggest challenge was finding a new career due to a health issue. I loved my job of teaching and traveling. It was a major transition to working from home.

One of my biggest career challenges is creating a strong work/life balance.

katie rivera
katie rivera

My biggest career challenge has been learning to acknowledge my weaknesses, to work on them and grow. I am also learning how to accept my likes and dislikes. It is good to know what you like and dislike, so you can grow for yourself.

Crystal Benner
Crystal Benner

My biggest career challenges have been navigating the job market after graduation and learning how to transition from an academic role into an industry role.

Thus far, my biggest career challenge has been to change career paths and start over from scratch. It was difficult, but definitely rewarding.

Lorri K
Lorri K

While many talk about Work and Life Balance, few acknowledge the difficulty of overcoming bias against working mom's and dad's who cannot always give as much as their childless and often younger counter parts. Keeping up is a challenge in an of itself. Having your coworkers assume that you may not have the nights and weekends to give to the next huge opportunity is another issue as well. It seems more like a juggling act then a balance routine.

My biggest challenge has been speaking assertively, directly, and to the point. I may like a lot of details, but so many people get lost in them.

One of my biggest career challenges is advocating for myself for advancement.

One of my biggest challenges this year has been taking care of myself while trying to get it all done and still take care of myself!!!

Catching-up after being a stay at home Mom for several years.

Latoya D
Latoya D

My biggest career challenge has been creating my own opportunities.

My challenge was being laid off twice, from two different jobs, and then attempting to get back in the swing of finding a good position, while keeping my personal and financial life on track

One of my biggest challenges has been being assertive about my skill set (especially when it comes to technical knowledge/coding!).

Angie Marion
Angie Marion

Staying positive!

Amanda Hsiung
Amanda Hsiung

Figuring out how to do something I love while paying the bills!

Raena Boston
Raena Boston

My biggest challenge was learning when, where and how to best state my opinion. Every cause isn't worth the fight!

Building a business with a limited budget.

Laney schorp
Laney schorp

Balancing a social life with traveling all of the time

Emily O'Brien
Emily O'Brien

Balancing my tendency to be assertive and speak my mind with the knowledge that it doesn't always work out for a woman in the office.

My biggest challenge was to attend graduate school to earn my MBA while juggling a full time job in a new city! Time management and staying motivated were challenging, but after 3 long years, I earned my MBA and am still working full time and currently working on expanding my role.

Felix Chu
Felix Chu

Figuring out my true passion

My biggest career challenge is certainly upon me now. I've been working in the fashion industry for the past 8 years and am starting to transition into real estate. Trying to juggle and schedule a full-time job around another full-time job that needs all the attention it can get is pretty tough at times. Key is to stay positive and make sure I have my day-planner at all times!

My biggest challenge has been challenging myself. I fall very easily into complacency, and have to make sure I notice, and give myself a kick in the pants to keep reaching up.

Risa Myers
Risa Myers

patience!

Picking the career I wanted. I love Broadcast Communications. I have had some family and friends who believed that a career in broadcast media would not be safest or smartest career path. I have had ups and downs in my career but I have never been happier with the decision I made.

Holding true to my passions.

Renee McDonald
Renee McDonald

Office politics!

D E
D E

Staying positive and patience

My biggest career challenge has been learning to say no. I always want to advance and improve on my skills but have a tendency to take on too much. I want to do everything at the same time but am learning to pace myself in my career.

My biggest career challenge is to try to balance working from home. It is so easy to get distracted and start cleaning or doing other things around the house. This backpack would come in handy to tote around laptop and sketchbook to coffee shops and other places to work when I just need a change of scenery.

Jesi Anae
Jesi Anae

My biggest career challenge with the many hats that I wear here in the office is learning to be less of a control freak and to delegate. That it is okay to have help with big projects. I do not need to work long days just so its only done by me.

Jim Yee
Jim Yee

Its a challenge just to make a choice in to what career I want to go to. Now I'm just ok with job but would like to find career where I enjoy working.

Myself. I suffer from impostor syndrome and often feel that I'm not as qualified or have the knowledge I need. But I'm learning that MOST PEOPLE are in the same boat - we're all figuring it out together - and the key is believing in myself that I can figure it out and push through. I'm working on it.

Continually having to reinvent myself to get to the top

Alyssa Howard
Alyssa Howard

My biggest challenge as a freelancer is to be fully committed to my current project while managing my next job(s) and trying to drum up future business.

Becoming acclimated to a real corporate work environment after being used to school and small company environments.

One of my biggest career challenges was asking for a raise.

My biggest challenge will be my next. I have decided to start my own non-profit. I am scared and feel like I am out of my league, but I know it is time that I take a leap and enjoy the rewards later.

Having the urge to work but also haivng the need to stay with my children espeacialy my autistic son

Ashley von Gremp
Ashley von Gremp

It has been a huge challenge deciding to get out of a career path that I hated to do something I love. Starting out at a later time than everyone else can make you feel like you're behind, and it can be hard not to get discouraged!

Molly Morris
Molly Morris

Holding it all together while being pulled in every direction. I'm Gumby!

I left my comfort zone after fifteen plus years. I appreciated the opportunities but had reached a dead end in advancing further. I found my dream job!

Trying to find a career in science and medicine that I am passionate about. Working in my current position, I knew there was no movement but for me to go back to school. Well, I did it and will be starting my PharmD degree in the fall at a top 10 school!

Gina Chavez
Gina Chavez

One of my biggest challenge is trying to find that work/life balance. My job is very demanding and requires long hours. However, my family and friends are very important to me so making time for them is a must. Also, as I get older being healthy has been a goal of mine and what I learned is that that requires setting aside regular periods times.

Networking within global associations in the travel industry. Finding ways to move up in my current company.

Anonymous
Anonymous

My biggest career challenge is working in a declining industry. I love publishing, but finding opportunities requires more digging than most other fields.

Ann Liang
Ann Liang

breaking into management without prior people management experience. Also being of color and also female it is more difficult to advance in very conservative corporate environments.

Jean Feingold
Jean Feingold

Remembering that slow periods with little work always end and are followed by busy times.

One of my biggest career challenges has been to be more stern in the workplace, especially when it comes to work people owe me.

Jenn V.
Jenn V.

A career challenge I'm actually still facing is the strength of my credibility. Although I have the skills and even higher education, I am still not taken as seriously due to the rookie position I am in. My young looking face and high pitched voice also makes me feel like a child compared to the tenured professionals around me, but I continue to put in as much effort as possible to be involved with projects and voice my opinions when I can.

Getting used to the difference in working for a corporate entity to working in private practice. The work is not constant and overwhelming anymore, its more of an ebb and flow.

One of my biggest challenges to overcome is the image colleagues have of me as the "nice one" which some translate to "weak". It's a bit of an uphill battle sometimes to demonstrate that kindness does not equal weakness.

Tawny Smart
Tawny Smart

Mine is trying to find enough clients. I'm always getting one hitters. And would love to have a couple permanent.

Being a strong advocate for myself has been a challenge!

Jannet Torres
Jannet Torres

Picking a career path. With so many passions and interests, it's difficult to choose just one.

Andy B
Andy B

Getting back into the workforce after being ill for a few years. It is a jungle out there.

Tawny Smart
Tawny Smart

Mine is getting more clients. I keep getting one hitters but I need more permanent ones. For a steady income to survive

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith

Keeping up-to-date on federal regulations.

Believing in my capacities. Despite being in grad school, I usually feel underqualified in my field.

Giselle Bustamante
Giselle Bustamante

My own self doubt has been the biggest challenge to my career. As a first year teacher, straight out of college, I worry that my kids are at a disadvantage because they lack the quality of instruction they could be receiving from an experienced teacher. This sense of self doubt has led to more than a few meltdowns and nights wrestling with the idea that this might not be the career for me. It has been a difficult challenge to overcome, and I battle it daily, but I experience small victories that encourage me to push through and be the best teacher I can be for my kiddos.

Samantha Weckesser
Samantha Weckesser

Being assertive and fighting self doubt

Networking! As a natural introvert, I find putting myself out there and socializing with others in a professional manner extremely draining and time consuming. I enjoy meeting new people and connecting with others very much, but it can be difficult to talk about myself in the same light.

My biggest career challenge as an entrepreneur has been to balance my professional and personal lives. When to draw the line and stop working. When do I allow my self down time to play and relax? What is the healthy balance and doesn't that fluctuate at different times of the year...?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Defining success by my own standards

Nicole Calaro
Nicole Calaro

Getting my request for a raise rejected and not losing motivation because of it.

My biggest career challenge has been overcoming the fear of something new. I know that the way to improve is to challenge yourself, but that does not make it an easy task.

Katie Kelly
Katie Kelly

My biggest challenge is time and project management in my position that directly reports to four people - who all think their tasks take priority.

Biggest career challenge - speaking up, stating what I believe and know; all the while not apologizing for verbalizing and speaking up (in a field (tech) traditionally dominated by males).

Biggest career challenge: getting laid off twice in one year. It has definitely made me rethink my chosen career path!

Danielle Hughes
Danielle Hughes

Staying creative as I move up the ladder. The higher you get the more managerial but I like to do the work, not just assign it!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Deciding to take a risk and paycut to try something totally new. The new path isn't what I want, but I don't regret it. I've learned a lot about myself in the process, and it led me to figure out what I DO want to do for the rest of my life.

lori Byrd
lori Byrd

My biggest career challenge has been trying to stay motivated. I've been doing this kind of work for 30 years.

My biggest career challenge is juggling my 9 to 5 (used loosely) and continuing to follow my passion project on the side. Just participated in Levo's webinar for "Launching your Side Hustle" and picked up some good tips for staying organized... the struggle is real!

karen cairns
karen cairns

Being a woman in the construction industry my biggest challenge is my gender. I can't tell you how many times when I walk in I'm asked "where is the Project Manager?" and when I tell them it's me I get a lot of flack all based completely on my gender. I hate that it's really the younger men vs the older generation. You would thing that by now this would be a thing of the past

My biggest career challenge has been balancing my two jobs within the same company. I have two different bosses in two different departments, so it is very overwhelming

To me a challenge is an opportunity to grow as an individual and to help our team to do something exciting and incredible.
Any career can be very boring without the challenges..... One thing, I would like to have is a bigger budget and go big and the best... so sometimes is a challenge, but we always deliver great results on our team.

Bianca Castillo
Bianca Castillo

The biggest challenge in my career thus far has been prioritizing tasks to meet multiple missions without guidance while also ensuring our service members are well taken care of. It's like being the mother of a family of 24!

My biggest challenge is balancing multiple deadlines from multiple clients, as well as my home responsibilities of caring for a housebound husband due to medical issues.

Ac Andujo
Ac Andujo

I walk to/from the train station so carrying an extra pair of shoes in my purse is gross. Not to mention my dogs bark at the end of the day.

I struggle with balancing academics and professional commitments. I am still finishing my undergraduate degree while holding two part-time jobs. I am invested in learning but am also more passionate about the on-the-ground/in-the-field experience I am gaining from working so early. The biggest challenge has been learning how to work hard without sacrificing grades and learning!

T Alexander
T Alexander

The biggest challenge has been balancing work life with home life without either one suffering. There have been challenges from time to time but for the most part it works.

My biggest career challenge has been coming into the industry with zero experience. I was blessed during the interview process that my now current employer saw the drive and potential I had. At the time I was a full time student who would be juggling the 9 to 5 with that schedule. Fast forward and now I am an office manager within 1 year of employment and one of the top sales agents. The key has always been to never stop learning and growing.

staying up to date in the newest technology and products is a challenge that I have to overcome often

One of my biggest work challenges has been trying to work full time while in law school. I was determined to keep my full time job, as I have great experience and business connections, while getting my law degree. However, it has been mentally and physically draining!

Being newly disabled and wanting to work!

Please post my win thru email

My inner critic!

Nicole Dalton
Nicole Dalton

The biggest challenge for me has been finding a job that has a boss that doesn't treat me like dirt constantly and never appreciate all the work and extra work i do, only giving me more and more stuff to complete in a day.. Yelling at me for things that they were supposed to do, never sticking around to deal with difficult customers, paying the absolute least possible amount whilst expecting the world...

finding funding.

Identify my next goal now that I got my foot in with the door of doing what I love. I often question do I next for the next role with my current employer or do I get as much as I can and branch out on my own or now that the competitor see's I'm great at my career do I take their offer? The most challenging has definitely been making that next career move plan

One of my biggest career challenges has been creating a balance and calm around frequent travel. I love working with schools and learning communities across the country and am always on the lookout for bags, tools, apps, and resources for traveling smarter.

My biggest challenge this year was getting out of the weeds of the day-to-day and focus on strategic objectives. After a new program implementation the year was focused on servicing client groups rather than working on new initiatives. Looking forward to 2016!

Knowing what next step to take without losing precious time, I hate making errors so when it comes to my career I don't want to jeopardize it.

The biggest challenge for my career so far has been finding a balance between my happiness and my success.

Gina Leyte Belin
Gina Leyte Belin

The biggest challenge for my career was to realize I was not in a path to development and making the decision to move to a new company and new job in the other side of the country.

My biggest challenge has been passing the bar! It've build my resume, survived law school, but now I'm in a limbo because I can't get through the bar. Having the loans of a lawyer, but not the salary has made things really tough.

My biggest challenge has been deciding when, and how, to move on to the next job or next phase of my career.

Kara David
Kara David

Knowing when to move on

My biggest career challenge has been finding the balance between growing my business and having personal time.

As a manager I found it challenging at times to balance growing my team and myself. With a passion of leadership and mentorship I would easily dedicate most of my time to my team and neglect what I have to do to develop myself. It is doable but takes a lot of work.

I continue to struggle with indecisiveness and fear! Deep down I know what I want, but my practical side always seems to pop up with reasons for why I shouldn't make a change!

The biggest challenge so far has been being a woman in a male-dominated industry. I'm not automatically given the respect my male colleagues get, and I have to push a lot harder for my ideas to be heard.

Right now: workplace diplomacy

My biggest career challenge has been starting my own business!

Kimberly Merkel
Kimberly Merkel

My biggest career challenges have been learning to balance being a strong woman in a male-dominated field. My male co-workers have never had their engineering skills judged by the client strictly based on their sex. Thankfully, I'm a well-rounded individual who adapts to most environments which has helped me to succeed in the male dominated world in which my career lies.

My biggest challenge has been overcoming my fear of public speaking and not being afraid to take charge even if people may find me too assertive.

Fear...usually unfounded but nonetheless real.

Heather M
Heather M

my biggest challenge is always the same, wherever I go: I cannot play office politics! some places I've worked this has not served to impede my progress, but in others, I've been unable to fully succeed because of it.

heidi l
heidi l

being true to myself

Lenore Hoffman
Lenore Hoffman

My biggest challenge was having to deal with all of the pettiness of different personalities in the office.

L'Ka Bron
L'Ka Bron

I know my wife would love that...

Irina Korogodsky
Irina Korogodsky

Working with male colleagues

Making tough choices when the status quo is easier

Waiting for my big promotion

My biggest career challenge has been having the humility to take a job I didn't want to do -- which turned out to be a transformative and positive experience!

To date, my greatest career challenge was transitioning from an established and secure career in higher education to the topsy turvy world of retail buying!

Forming the right collaboration to BizUp my company as a Soloprenuer

Biggest career challenge: Asking for a raise. (It was worth it though!)

My biggest career challenge thus far has been dealing with a co-worker who was jealous and manipulative in the workplace. He attempted to derail my career and even resorted to personal attacks towards me. I learned that hard work gets you farther than playing into anyone's manipulation, and I was able to succeed despite this difficulty.

Anonymous
Anonymous

My biggest challenge has been making the tough decisions of next steps, hoping my gut and passion will lead me down the right path!

Trying to go back to school

One of my biggest career challenges is to trying to not feel inferior. I'm always feeling insecure and lacking confidence, no matter how well I perform

Going from unemployment to working for the government.

Making the transition from journalism to politics.

Khan Craigs
Khan Craigs

I had to claw my way up the management ladder due to my relative lack of experience. I made up for it with hard work.

Yashmi Mahat
Yashmi Mahat

Taking a leap of faith and taking the harder route

Having to talk to my intern about body odor. Unfortunately, I'm not kidding.

Entering the workforce!

Samantha Faley
Samantha Faley

Learning the ropes. I started my career as an accountant two months ago and still make mistakes almost every day.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Deciding whether to keep standing still or to jump.

Dealing with a stupid boss

Biggest career challenge I have encountered is the perception that because I am over 35, it is assumed that I can't bring a fresh and perspective and dynamism to the job. I am fresh and dynamic, darnit :-)

where i have to make small talks in new environment. that's really hard the first time

Helen Jiang
Helen Jiang

Overcoming the fact I look and act older than I am (not a problem- yet!), and then having clients and colleagues treat me differently when they find out that I am much younger. Shouldn't merit be what matters, not age?

My biggest challenge has been moving to another part of the company where I had to learn everything from scratch. Though humbling, it's good to stretch and get out of your comfort zone so that you don't become stale or complacent and so you can be more valuable to the company.

I have had the problem of looking younger then I am. So of course, They think I have had no experience. Also, of not brown-nosing to get better hours, etc. I'm not one to do that. I just do my job to the best of my ability and always give 100%

Rhea Angle
Rhea Angle

My biggest challenge was learning "it's who you know" and not "what you know." I came to discover that sucking up to your boss was more important than doing a good job. I know better now...

I switched industries, and it's been pretty hard to prove my experience when my previous employers are all in the music industry and aren't exactly known for providing references.

Becoming a mentor and teaching new hires. Teaching is more difficult than learning. It requires patience and different point of view.

Meagan Lewis
Meagan Lewis

Being patient with corporate decisions and changes. And overcoming shyness to become an advocate for myself.

Learning Accounting and Quickbooks quickly for multiple companies. This job is nothing like anything I have ever done before! I truly enjoy my job and the people I work with and for. This bag would be wonderful for meetings. I love the Cognac color!

My biggest career challenges were learning how to negotiate, speak up and to say no. These skills have helped me to be a better advocate for myself and my coworkers. I have been looking for a stylish yet functional backpack and this would be perfect!

Elizabeth C
Elizabeth C

My biggest career challenge was finding a path to get to where I want to go.

Theresa Jenkins
Theresa Jenkins

MY biggest career challenge ... would have to be taking early retirement to be grandma nanny to our (now) 5 grandkids and caregiver to aging parents...all for NO pay!!!!!

Jo Green
Jo Green

My biggest career challenge is how to make enough money over the next 10 years so I can afford to retire.

Stepping into management has been my biggest challenge. Changing my viewpoint to encompass the goals of the team and not just my own, personal goals is a very welcome challenge that I've worked so hard for.

janet lindsey
janet lindsey

My biggest career challenge is not being able to go back too school and work

Finding a job using my accounting degree without work experience. Most places where I am at want 2 to 3 years accounting experience plus a degree. I feel I will lose all my education if I don't use it.

One of my biggest career challenges has been pursuing the Arts 100% and having that be my main source of income versus relying on the stability of a corporation. 2 1/2 years ago I founded Lamb ER Kay, a philanthropic based sustainable children's clothing line in direct response to not having "any where to go in retail." I was working as a Manager with a BFA in Art, unhappily married, and increasingly frustrated as I worked feeling that I was not exerting my purpose. I did not go to school for 5 years to be a Retail Manager. After my divorce a year ago I packed 2 suitcases and headed for the Big Apple leaving behind a failed marriage, the majority of my belongings, but gained an opportunity to do pursue what I am designed to be. It is difficult not being able to live at your full potential and I feel free in NY to pursue Modelling, Acting, Lamb ER Kay, and everything else that I am supposed to use my talents for to make a difference in this world. The past 12 months of my life have been the best, the most unstable months I have had in my entire adult life but I am now exactly where I am supposed to be.

Bre

Letmeseethelight.wordpress.com

Rebecca Mieszkowski
Rebecca Mieszkowski

One of the biggest career challenges I've faced is keeping up-to-date with the most popular skill set. In the IT world, a computer programmer must keep their coding skills up-to-date with the ever changing computer world around them. Sure you start off with the basics of each programming language in college. Then hone your skills around whatever flavor of programming language your job requires. But it's all too common to find out that after a year or two, the rest of the world is using XYZ version 6 and you only know ABC version 2 or 3. What is a computer programmer suppose to do to keep their skill set up-to-date, attend school for the rest of their lives? LOL

My biggest career challenge is not being able to get promoted because I haven't been able to finish my degree due to no support as a single mom. I have 18 years exp. but with no degree I can't move up for the position I want.

Nicoya Borella
Nicoya Borella

Quitting my job this year to pursue another field. Things have not gone the way I expected, and I still have a long road ahead, but everything is moving in the right direction.

Jessica Jombai
Jessica Jombai

One of my biggest career challenges has been knowing when to walk away. It's very easy to get comfortable when you have a steady paycheck and low risks. At the end of the day though ... how rewarding is that?

Realizing what my skills are worth, and making sure I am compensated (and challenged) in line with that.

The biggest challenge for me was realizing that being a Young Professional was a benefit, rather than a deficit in the workforce (once I recognized how to utilize this aspect).

Ana Brunet
Ana Brunet

Working for your dad is complicated, but adding grad school to the mix is a challenge. What started as lending a helpful hand at the office ended up as a career where I've managed to make a name for myself in the advertising industry. Studying psychology in my bachelors gave me an edge in the industry I want to maintain. I decided to enter grad school and I have to admit it's been hard. 14 hour days without including study time has given a tole on my body but it's been a great ride and very satisfying to learn how far I can go when I put my mind to it. I still have a year 1/2 to go, but very excited to see where it gets me. Wish me luck!

I believe right now I am facing the biggest career challenge because I am a recently married graduate student, looking for employment in about a year, who also wants to start a family. I'm not sure how to "have it all" by working on my career and also be an energetic, youthful mom. I feel like "something's gotta give" and that makes me super sad!

The biggest challenge I face in my career is developing my personal brand as a young, female professional in an industry historically run by middle-aged white men. There is a delicate balance between being confident enough to be taken seriously and coming across as over-confident or under-qualified. I owe it to my generation and my gender to make it easier to be yourself in the workplace without being stereo-typed.

Sara Miltenberger
Sara Miltenberger

My biggest career challenge as a recent grad is managing my time! I used to be a pro in college- I was a able to study, work on my startup, go to the gym and Have a social life. After I moved to New York City, I felt like I only had time to work- abd I haven't been able to utilize my time for my blog, Wannabe Varsity, which I am really passionate about. It's about creating visibility for female athletes and promoting #girlstrong. It's been really hard to try to get back into a routine where I can grow in the workplace and grow in my blog when every day can change so much.

Www.wannabevarsity.com

Theresa Lempka
Theresa Lempka

Following my husband to a new city because of out different career paths, and starting a family and trying to juggle it all has been my biggest career challenge(s). Three years later and I would still call my career a work in progress.

My biggest career challenge is working in an industry primarily dominated by men. As a young female It can be hard to have my voice heard or my opinion valued. I need to stand out and be confident when I talk so that I can be respected as the only female in the room (and under 30 at that!).

My biggest career challenge: Gaining the respect of colleagues. I've worked in male dominated environments that have been dominated by "good 'ole boys" alliances, but the biggest challenge has been winning over female colleagues. Sometimes, especially in politics, there is a competitive edge bordering on bullying. Women can be the greatest of supports for each other. Building those relationships are critical.

Managing my social anxiety, which is physically manifested and makes me appear incapable.

Annie Woodward
Annie Woodward

My biggest career challenge: Balancing the desire to find, then follow my passion, with being present, content and motivated with my current career.

Being satisfied with the decisions I am taking.

Yolanda Wong
Yolanda Wong

Not being punished for being extremely productive in a government funded or sector job

One of my biggest career challenges so far has been time management. As a college student with internships and journalism-related jobs, it's hard to balance all of the things I need to do while still submitting quality work.

working in a new industry with no experience and education

Nicoline Strom-Jensen
Nicoline Strom-Jensen

Taking many different paths before finding one that fits.

finally! (i've waited two days to comment, this box wouldn't show up) the biggest challenge is balancing evening commitments with a young family of children under the age of 3

Soraya Sarcos
Soraya Sarcos

I'm very self conscious of my accent and that definitely affects my self confidence.

Karen Angela
Karen Angela

I am currently learning accounting at my new job ... I have zero experience and it's overwhelming and nerve racking (so afraid to make a mistake that could end up costing the company)

Being a woman in a male dominated industry and workplace can be beyond challenging at times.

One of my biggest challenges has been being willing to move for my job. For physicians, the medical training process can take us all over the country. Moving away from my family to pursue a residency program has been a challenge, but it has introduced me to new cultures, new processes, and different medical conditions. I know that I'm a better physician for taking on this challenge.

ADVANCING in a Division ruled by a Foreign Director

Starting a new career after divorcing---challenging!!

Jasmine Francis
Jasmine Francis

One of my biggest career challenges has been knowing how to navigate and understand my role as a mid-career level employee. Never too good to get my hands dirty with administrative needs, but also making sure I'm actively involved in challenging technical work as well. Being confident in my abilities to advance while also not forgetting my start is something I think about every day!

Andrea B
Andrea B

Working with a manager that micromanages.

I wish more people had passion for their work and doing great things. One of my first jobs was at an senior living facility and seeing the elderly residents facing the last days of their lives, some still filled with hope and excitement for each new day, I decided that I would not let myself stress about the small insignificant worries but rather try to be the person who others can rely on when they aren't doing so great.

My biggest career challenge is finding my passion.

Kendall Beyeler
Kendall Beyeler

One of my biggest career challenges this year has been identifying and developing a role for myself within the company I work for. I started as an intern in 2014 while in College and then moved up as an account coordinator. As the company grew my skills grew across the board, but I never felt like I was crushing it in a specific area that made my skills unique to the company. When I started in 2014 I was number 6, as the year ends we are 23 people and growing. We developed a creative department (of 2!) and I'm now the Senior Visual Designer for the company. Finding structure and drive to crush it in one area rather than just be "good" across the board is a continuous struggle but I feel as if it's one that has shaped the start of my career!

Ki hill
Ki hill

HR

Patricia Lincoln
Patricia Lincoln

My biggest challenge has been trying to start a new career after retiring from my first one.

Jessica Stepp
Jessica Stepp

My biggest challenge right now is considering changing careers and knowing that is a smart move.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I recently changed careers and went from teaching to working as part of operations support centre for a clinical research organisation. One of the biggest challenges has been going from an environment in which I was surrounded by pupils who, in a way, required micro-managing with me at the helm and the students as a crew I directed while my new career requires me to be a part of the crew under someone else's direction. It's quite a change :)

Kaira Acuff
Kaira Acuff

My biggest challenge, as a Student Teacher is learning how to do it all on my own. Teaching is so much more than educating students and the list of things to do is never ending. I absolutely love my profession and now my challenge is to become the best I can for the students in my classroom! :)

My biggest challenge is identifying my career path and how to achieve it.

My biggest challenge has been allowing my self to grow beyond what my age stereotype tells me I should have accomplished by now. I'm traditionally very young for what I do, and seeing that I have earned my position despite my age has been tough.

My biggest challenge is balancing work with entrepreneurship.

My hardest challenge was to find a job that fits me. I can do anything but what does the job do for me?

Victoria Catt
Victoria Catt

Breaking through the barriers of being one of a few women in senior staff.

My hardest career challenge so far has been learning to speak up when necessary. Although I'm not shy socially, at times I've been afraid to express my viewpoints in the office.

Leadership. I had a hard time finding the balance between firm and friendly.

Anita Gade
Anita Gade

My biggest challenge is knowing when to ask for help, and seeking guidance from mentors

Lori Reed
Lori Reed

politicking properly

Learning how to balance my career while pursuing my graduate degree and to not lose motivation

Lisa Kaplan
Lisa Kaplan

Finding my dream job!!

Rachael Kim
Rachael Kim

One of my greatest career challenges hit me pretty early on, and by "hit" I'm being quite literal. During my junior year of college I was simultaneously training for my first half marathon and preping for investment banking recruiting. One rainy night in November, while crossing the street, I was struck by a vehicle going 35mph. I ended up in the ER, suffered a concussion, and had to go through 2 months of physical therapy. Given the damage to my left hip, running a half marathon was completely out of the question, but at the hospital and during physical therapy, I studied and preped in the 2 months leading up to investment banking interviews. While everyone else was worrying about technical questions, my first concern was walking straight into an interview room. Long story short, I clinched an offer at a top tier investment bank, and leveraged my experience there to join a top venture capital firm as the only woman in my class. I've also run 5 half marathons in the past year.

Catherine Roedel
Catherine Roedel

My biggest challenge is learning to take ownership and step into the next role.

Katy Donahue
Katy Donahue

Learning to speak up in tough client situations.

Learning not to take constructive criticism too personally

Learning to say no. Being firm but kind doing so.

Elise F
Elise F

figuring out that one field that's the best fit among such infinite options

Working outside of my comfort zone

Being confident in myself.

Managing other people

Knowing when to say no.

Coming back from a reduction-in-force layoff when I was 26.

One of my biggest challenges is finding a path that I am passionate about.

Work life integration and keeping all the balls going

Cindy Graf Jolly
Cindy Graf Jolly

Keeping coworkers happy

Mary Langen
Mary Langen

One of my biggest challenges is dealing with low performing team members kindly but firmly

My biggest career challenge would have to be knowing what I want to do exactly. I have so many side hustles that sometimes I find myself second guessing myself if I'm doing the right thing.

My biggest challenge is staying focused on my priorities with so many competing tasks at hand.

Teressa Morris
Teressa Morris

My biggest career challenge has been speaking up for myself. There seems to be a fine line between being assertive or being perceived as aggressive.

Greta Balasz
Greta Balasz

Not letting anyone tell me what I can and can't do. I am in the creative stages of starting a bookstore, and all that I seem to be faced with are quite a lot of "no" answers.

One of my Biggest Career Challenges has been finding a career that incorporates my skill, knowledge, and passions or figuring out how to incorporate my passions into my career.

Danielle Brooks
Danielle Brooks

One of my biggest career challenges: being afraid of taking risks and trying new things. Too often I'll get comfortable in a position with certain tasks and get nervous/anxiety when I have to take on a new task that is completely unknown.

Cara R
Cara R

One of my biggest career challenges has been finding my life passion and incorporating that into a career.

My biggest career challenge is entering into my field after school with minimal work experience.

One of my biggest challenges has been gain momentum. I'm finally getting it though as I have been doing plenty of personal and professional development

One of my biggest challenges has been to maintain my energy, passion, and momentum while several of my older colleagues contemplate and plan for retirement.

Miya Smith
Miya Smith

My biggest challenges have been confidence in myself and abilities and being willing to take risks

Samantha Pezzute
Samantha Pezzute

My biggest challenge has been to be confident in my abilities in an industry unrelated to my education.

My biggest challenge so far in my career has been to be flexible with new paths. I graduated college assuming I'd go into one field, only to end up in one completely different than I imagined.

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One of my biggest challenges was transitioning into a full-time career after spending two years temping. It was a big change going from small daily and weekly assignments to a job where there was no end date for my employment, but it was a change that I welcomed (especially when that change came with health insurance and a 401k).

My biggest career challenge has been switching from part-time with school to full-time work (and vice versa) as an intern. It's a lot of pressure and work with no grace period or lulls. You just have to make a quick adjustment, and I have not mastered how to do it at all. Finding the work life balance and holding myself to it has been a failure on my part so far unfortunately.

Beginning my young adult transition. Being a very well taken care of child by my parents now trying to become a responsible person and start helping out my hard working parents.

Choosing a career that will help me support myself and is also satisfying.

One of my biggest career challenges has been navigating the hiring process. Having the responsibility of hiring team members has been a true lesson in reading people and trusting my instincts!

Reading people's true strengths and weaknesses.

Being self-employed, one of my biggest challenges has been knowing when to turn down work because it's a bad fit or I already have too much on my plate.


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