Job-Seeking

False Choice Between Babies and Startups

A couple of years ago, I was interviewing for a position at a start-up. I had been on the job-hunt for several months and was becoming more and more desperate to land a job. The interview was going very well. The interviewer seemed impressed with my experience and credentials, and we were developing a good rapport. Given the engaging conversation we were having, I didn't think anything of it when he so casually asked me where I was living and whether I planned on moving away from home. In a sly manner, he added, "And you don't plan on having children anytime soon, do you?" It was so sudden that I didn't even have a chance to think about it. I was 26 at the time, so having children was the furthest thing from my mind, for I was married to my career. I quickly answered, "No." He offered me the position the next day.

short stories · Social Issues

From PhD to Burger King: Why Did My Life Turn Out This Way?

I met a woman at leadership conference in April and her story intrigued me. She earned a doctorate degree from Harvard University, worked as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a couple years, and then, went to work a Burger King. I was fascinated with how similar this story is to my own. Doing what I love has taken courage. People will scrutinize what they do not understand. At the end of the day, however, I have to do what is right for me.