Contributor for ProfessionGal

Some of you may know that I contribute to ProfessionGal, a blog dedicated to thinking outside of the cubicle and developing your creative talents as an occupation. I’m a huge fan of the site and love the way all the gals approach their careers. The articles are categorized based on whether the author is a BossGal, CorpGal, GoodGal, GradGal, InternGal, ModGal, or MomGal. If you want to figure out which one you are, check out the explanations here. Do you want to see what I’ve written so far? Check out my articles below! xo, Tanya

WORK YOUR SPACE TO REFLECT YOUR PERSONALITY

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We are all given the same blank canvas when starting a new job: a chair, a desk, and a few basic office supplies. Whether you keep your space as minimal as possible or start bedazzling every object in close proximity is entirely up to you. Most people organize their space in a way that reflects their identities, whether purposefully or subconsciously. Regardless of what you choose to do with your office space, your workspace makes a statement about your personality type, but are you sure it’s the statement you want to make? (more…)

WORK ADVICE FROM ROM COMS

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Love them or hate them, rom coms (or, for the uninitiated aliens amongst us–”Romantic Comedies”) elicit an emotional reaction from most people. They also teach us valuable life lessons, which can even be applied in the work setting. Here are 10 helpful tips you can use the next time you’re up for that big promotion. (more…)

SMART TIPS FOR BUSINESS TRIPS

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The pieces are coming together. You’ve earned your degree, landed the job you always wanted, and now you’re killing it. In fact, you’re doing so well that your boss has asked you to represent your company on a business trip. The only problem is that the closest you’ve ever gone to going on a business trip so far in your career is that time you and 15 of your closest friends went to Miami during spring break. Needless to say, you don’t know what to expect and how to prepare.

Here is a list of tips that will get you out the door and on your way to rocking your first business trip like the veteran you always knew you could be. (more…)

FROM ABANDONED SHIP TO NEWS MAVEN

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I have a confession to make. One of my most embarrassing experiences was in a professional setting. I was having lunch with some coworkers a few years ago and someone casually mentioned, “did you hear about that cruise ship crash?” My response was that “No I didn’t hear about it” which was followed up by what seemed like the longest pause I have ever experienced in a conversation, lots of side-eye, and looks of utter disbelief taking over everyone’s expressions. Maybe it wasn’t quite that extreme, but it did feel that way, and my embarrassment was palpable. Literally, the next words out of his mouth, and I am not exaggerating here were, “You didn’t know about that? Wow…” I should have known about it, but I didn’t, and I was mortified. I was so preoccupied with my own work and deadlines that I didn’t take a second to read the news and understand what was going on in the world around me. (more…)

TRAVEL-TROUBLE-AND HOW TO AVOID IT

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Whether you’re driving, taking the train, or walking to work, there are certain commuter essentials that will make your life easier and help you avoid the dreaded five words that come to mind when nothing seems to go right before 9:00 am: this is not my day. Here are 7 items I try to always keep in my bag to stay ahead of the Monday morning curve. (more…)

BREAKING AND ENTERING: THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY

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The truth is, as a little girl I didn’t long to be a corporate pharmacist. I was a writer. I was a writer in the most basic, inexperienced, naïve way you could describe the 10-year-old-me who enjoyed creating poetry and typing away at her very first attempts at a novel. Like most parents, mine worried I’d starve, putting together crafty sentences and barely earning enough money for groceries. So I went to pharmacy school, not knowing at the time that I was making one of the best decisions of my life. (more…)

CORP(SE)GAL NO MORE: KILLING WORK WARDROBE BOREDOM

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You’re staring at your closet, and you can’t find a single thing to wear. You need to leave the house in 10 minutes, but nothing seems to work. The black sheath dress staring at you is too plain, the top you were planning on wearing is too low-cut, and you just discovered a hole in your black hosiery so wearing a skirt is out of the question in these frigid temperatures. Besides, there are only so many pencil skirts one gal can wear. (more…)

HOW TO KEEP DATE NIGHT & YOUR CRAZY WORK HOURS

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It can be easy to fall into a routine once you’re married (or in a longterm relationship) and not leave the comfortable confines of your apartment, especially when you’re a creative professional.

You’re working late on designs for the new brand your agency team is pitching, you’re working a part-time job to pay the bills while you get your own business off of the ground – or you’re a journalist who needs an early night in before getting into the office at 4 a.m. to prep for the morning show. (more…)

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