Careers and the LDS Woman
I am a professional organizer. (Yes, I do this for a living.) This weekend I organized a conference for Professional Organizers. It’s been intense.
In my job, I organize people’s homes, pantries, offices, attics, files, and computers. I talk to them about order, white space, letting go, and flow. I believe I make a difference. I take organizing a step further in companies as a project manager. And I stretch my business skills as an entrepreneur. I’m a fantastic networking living in a city of networkers. My business is growing.
But …. I haven’t always been a business owner and an organizer. I graduated BYU with a degree that met two criteria: it was usable in the work place and it was flexible around motherhood.
And when marriage, motherhood (and a second income) didn’t come, I realized that I should have added a third criteria to my graduation standards: lucrative. So, I did what every LDS woman does when she finds herself at 30 and still single, I went back to school and got an MBA.
I tripled my salary and went to work in the non-profit world. The path that brought me to entrepreneurship is longer than this post will allow, but, one thing, for sure: it was not a straight and narrow path.
I am satisfied with my current job and career situation. The winding path that brought me here allowed me to know myself, leverage my strengths, and evolve into a career that fits well with my personality and my lifestyle. This is the advantage of my slow starting career and my short-sighted choices as an undergrad. The disadvantage is that it puts me behind. Those who chose careers early and shot straight for them (often men) are way ahead of me in salary, opportunities, and job experience.
Did I fall into this path because I am a woman? An LDS woman? Or is my path unique? So, some questions for the working LDS woman: