December 8, 2014
by Ellen

Working+Together = Success

Congrats to the new grads! Are you ready to start your careers? It’s going to be a big change, for sure, and a little scary, too. But don’t give in to the temptation to hide at your desk. No matter how shy or introverted you are, you will actually be happier and more successful if you work together with others. According to Robin Madell’s article “One Word That Can Change Your Work Life,” having a sense of “togetherness” increases productivity and job satisfaction — it can make you actually “like” your job. So when you start your new position, make an effort to get to know the members of your department. Ask questions, go to lunch with your new colleagues, and be a part of the group. You’ll start to feel like you are a valuable asset to your firm in no time!

November 20, 2014
by Ellen

Want to Ace Your Finals? Study at the Gym.

We all know how important it is to stay healthy during finals week — eat your veggies, exercise, get enough sleep. Yet we tend to neglect these things because we think we just don’t have enough time to do them. After all, the most time-tested method for cramming for exams (developed, no doubt, by medieval monks) requires an I.V. drip of caffeine, bags of chips, and long stretches of sitting in uncomfortable chairs, ignoring the sleeping foot and cramping back. It may work, but what a slice of hell that is.

Why not try something different? Did you know that exercising while you study will increase your retention of the material? Sounds crazy, I know, but there’s science behind it. A study conducted by researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main found that light to moderate simultaneous physical activity during encoding… is beneficial for subsequent recall of new items.” The cognitive stimulation induced by non-strenuous exercise appears to “prime” the brain just enough to provide the ideal environment for learning.

So hop on the elliptical or stationary bike and review your notes while you work up a light sweat. Plus, studying while you exercise not only boosts your memory, it also gives you all the other health benefits of exercising — it will elevate your mood, help you sleep better, and even encourage you to eat healthier foods!

November 12, 2014
by Ellen

“The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get”

You know I love me a good Ted talk, and this is a great one. In “The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get” Susan Colantuno points out that women make up 50% of middle management and professional employees, yet less than 1/3 of that number reach the executive level. Why are women not being identified as “high potential” talents to be groomed for advanced leadership positions? The answer may surprise you. A must-watch for women starting their first jobs – put yourself on the right track from the beginning!!