This is the second post of a series based on the experiences of Digital Women Kansas City members. It consists of things we wish we would have known, advice that we didn't know we needed, and tips, books, or resources we wish we would have had back then! (Whenever then might have been.)
We all have either been new to a job or an experience - or have gotten stuck in a rut that seemed too hard to get out of. Check out this info curated by the DWKC board to get you headed in the right direction.
1. Use LastPass to organize your passwords.
Manage all of your passwords and generate strong passwords with LastPass, a free password manager that stores encrypted passwords online. It seamlessly works with your phone and on your browser to help autofill your passwords so you don’t have to remember them and your data is secured safely. Great for personal and professional purposes!
2. Read Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Cruado Perez
Data is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender and treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems. And women pay tremendous costs for this bias, in time, money, and often with their lives.
3. Treat networking like it's your job.
This tip comes from the Introverted Networker presentation by local digital woman, Erin Sass. When it comes time to head into your next networking event, go in with a goal. Is it to gather three business cards? Maybe introduce yourself to four new people. Perhaps your mission is to discover one potential lead. Once you've completed your "job" - your work is done! You can focus on enjoying the rest of your time at the event - or leave early to go home and settle back into your cozy pants with some ice cream.
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If you love learning and webinars, this site will blow your mind. Creative Live offers access to over 2,000 classes with its Creator's Pass - or you can purchase each class individually. From photo tutorials to business communication workshops, and even yoga classes - this website has everything for a knowledge junkie to love.
DWKC's focus on building community over competition means we're here for you!
Most of all - remember that you don't have to go it alone. There is a whole city full of women who are either in the same position as you - or have been through it and lived to tell the tale. We want to connect you to them! Join our Facebook Group or attend an event - and don't be afraid to ask questions.
Did you miss out on our first post of tips? Check them out here.
What advice or tips would you like to be able to give your previous self?