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The Untold of Chaos and Career

How has chaos played a role in your career?

Often chaos underlies our career moves, job jumps, and growth steps. Yet, we don't talk about it. We want the clean action steps and plans, but in reality, even in those plans, it is messy!

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I was talking with a friend who is due to have her baby any time and who is also moving into a new house. Transitions usually come with other transitions. In pregnancy and career.

A few years ago, I found myself in the same situation. After the birth of my third child, we lost our daycare provider and my husband needed to make a career leap. All the cards were thrown into the air. <<CHAOS>>

It took reflecting on our priorities and values, research, investigation, networking, calculating and sorting through various options to decide what was best for our family in both our home and careers.

Chaos doesn't always induce career moves but can be used as a sorting tool, too. Author, Katherine Brooks, uses chaos theory to help liberal arts graduates make sense of their professional and academic experiences. She asserts that chaos can help uncover your priorities and purpose in what may seem on the surface to be wanderings.

Develop in a Group to land Higher Roles

Carrot Club. It got my youngest son to eat his vegetables. What partnership might you need for personal and professional growth?

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My three-year-old was not into veggies. My husband started face timing him at lunch to eat together. In an effort to prove carrots are in fact digestible and tasty, my husband would munch on his with great delight. My son totally bought it. Now, each weekday they bond over their carrots and eat lunch together. Hence, the start of carrot club.

Do you need a 'carrot club'? For women, in particular, your inner circle matters. According to a January 2019 research conducted by the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University, over 75% of women executives had an inner circle of 2-3 women. The research found that women in particular who communicated and relied on a small group of women placed at a higher job level.

So, who are your people? Who can you rely on to get you over the hurdles of personal and professional life?

If you haven't found your tribe - start one! Rally grad school friends or like-minded colleagues. Attend networking events to find your people. If you are local to Indianapolis, try Linking Indy Women

How have you seen the power of community work in your professional life?