What Career Advice Would You Give to Your Younger Self?

Anar4Recently, women and girls across the globe have been asking us for advice on launching successful careers in STEM and advancing their young professional careers to the next level.

Although we generally loathe dwelling on the woulda, coulda, shoulda moments in life, we can’t deny that sometimes, hindsight can be a very insightful form of wisdom. What better way to prepare for the future than learning from the experience of others?

In an effort to tap into the secrets of remarkable women with successful careers in STEM, we reached out to the TechWomen community of past emerging leaders, mentors, female tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, investors and role models through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and asked, “What career advice would you give to your younger self?

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Empowering Girls to Believe in Themselves

TechWomen Mentee on Video

We would like to influence or empower girls back home with the same mindset of believing in yourself and believing that you are capable of doing any change. I actually realized that any assumptions I have inside of my mind with regards to me not being able to do something, pursue an idea, is just something that I impose as a barrier on myself. They’re not true because I have not tried to actually execute my idea.

I’ve seen the mindset of change and believing in whatever idea you have no matter what, how small, that you believe that this idea is going to change the world, then you go for it.

This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in August 2011. The speaker is Ghada Bahig, a TechWomen participant from Egypt.

Turning Dreams into Reality

Guest Post by Fabiola Addamo

With Children in Orphanage“Bonjour, my name is Fabiola, a Techwomen mentor and a Yahoo!” – this is how I have been introducing myself during the latest Techwomen visits at local Moroccan universities, schools and various women entrepreneurial associations. I have been Fabiola since birth, and a Yahoo! employee by choice for the last 4 yrs. In 2011 a persistent inner voice lead me to become a Techwomen mentor.

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