Freelancing is the roller coaster everyone said it would be

When people refer to something as a roller coaster of emotion, I assume they mean the three and a half hours of feeling like you’re going to die waiting in line for the ride, followed by 45 seconds of pure adrenaline, just to get off the platform and do it all again. Maybe it would…

Quitting a job in a ‘never-give-up’ culture

“Oh hey, you’re officially jobless now, right? Congratulations!” said a friend on Saturday, two days after my last day at my first company, after four years. I’ve been offered a lot of congratulations since I quit my job, both from those who knew I was unhappy and those oblivious. “Thanks,” I say, unsure of how…

Stereotypes and the slaughter of innocent black men

Yesterday I wrote a piece for my Millennial Mind column about stereotypes. It got a lot of attention, despite rightfully being overpowered by the coverage and reactions to this week’s latest police killings of innocent black men. The merciless, hateful killings have left me, like many others, completely at a loss about how to respond….

Young job-seekers, ask this question in every interview

  In college I remember preparing myself for a common, but not very helpful, question that many interviewers ask of younger candidates. “Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?” In every career counseling session I ever attended, we were coached to swear up and down that we see ourselves with that company…

Your best employees are being poached, but not by competing companies

  Most employment is based on a premise that doesn’t necessarily hold true for many of today’s Millennials. The premise? That we need the money, and if we quit this job it would only be to take another very similar job at a comparable salary. Because of that, employers think they are primarily in competition…

Is Uber redefining the work week?

The 9-to-5 job has been out of popularity for several years. Employers who want to attract the top talent know — and they’ve known for several years — that they’ve got to offer flexible schedules as much as possible in order to retain the most in-demand workers. But the Uber business model is ushering in…

Is my salary my worth?

My name is Olivia Barrow, and I have career envy. What’s career envy? It’s kind of like entree envy — you read the menu, you think about your past experiences, and you pick your order, but as soon as the food comes, you want whatever your partner is having. It’s not that your entree isn’t…

If you can’t trust your employees, how can they trust you?

The key to any long-term relationship is trust. And as any relationship expert will tell you, the key to trust is communication. Most employers want to maintain a relationship with their best employees for a long time, even for as long as the company stands. And while most companies recognize the need for competitive benefits and…

Finding diversity in America’s most segregated city

It’s one thing to say — as a white person in the U.S. — you want to have friends who don’t look like you. I’ve been saying it for a while. It’s another thing to make it happen. Especially if you move to the No. 1 Most Segregated City in America: Milwaukee.* This post is…