Your Mother, Your Career: The Connection

Posted May 12, 2013 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

You might notice we’re talking a lot about moms this week on Career Girl, naturally because it’s Mother’s Day today. Today, we’re paying tribute not just to all the moms in the world, but to the moms of the women who read our site. Why? Because your mom, Career Girls, is often one of the most important forces in your life, and therefore one of the most important forces in your career. Perhaps you’re a veterinarian and she bought you your first cat. Maybe you’re a lawyer who followed in your attorney mom’s footsteps. Perhaps you’re a teacher whose mom was a principal and you just can’t wait to be exactly like her.

Whatever career or path you’ve chosen in your life, your mom is usually one of the key people who got you there. Here are a few ways we recommend you might than your mom today:

  • Harness what you’re most proud of. Think about that thing in your life or your career you’re most proud of, and tell your mom how it wouldn’t have been possible without her. For me, finishing my book is the most proud I’ve ever been of anything in my career, and I realize that without her support, I would never have had the courage to leave my full time job and pursue my dreams.
  • Find a photo that you admire of her. We recommended in our last minute Mother’s Day gifts buying your mom a framed photo of the two of you. If you don’t have time for that, seek out your favorite photo of your mom, one that inspired you. My mom started her career working on a missile base in North Dakota. There’s an old photo of her sitting at her big desk outside the colonel’s office. I remember that photo as something that gave me drive in my career. I always wanted to sit behind a big desk in an important office like my mom.
  • Remember a time you struggled to get through. Tell your mom about it. Perhaps it was a tough semester in college, or a divorce or loss of a family member. Did your mom stand by  you and make you better through it? Tell her.

The overarching belief here? That your mom and your career, your opportunities, and the foundation of your skill set, are closely intertwined. Take time today to thank your mom for the good things she’s given you that make you a great Career Girl!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."