iStock.com/julief514Last week I got an email invitation to have coffee with a young woman who is just starting her career. She wanted to buy me a latte in exchange for 30 minutes to ask me questions about my career path. In addition to being flattered, I was also impressed. I wish I had been brave enough to ask for advice and mentoring when I was just starting out.
Over the course of our coffee, we talked about work/life balance, negotiating salaries, and how to figure out when to have a baby if you also want to advance in your career. I got to tell her all the things that I wish I had known when I was 22 and had a whole career in front of me.
While experience is a great teacher, sometimes it would have been nice not to learn things the hard way -- which is why I'm excited that 12 women who are currently killing it in their careers were willing to share the advice they'd give their younger selves. This is one to read and share with a young woman you love!