Career

Leaving to spend more time with the family

I was scheduled for jury duty this week. Since I hate to cancel things (I find it almost physically painful), I didn’t schedule anything for my summons date and several days after. But the night before, I called the court house and learned I had been excused. This left me with several days of found time. The first thought I had was that I should “spend more tim… read more »

Building a successful career — is it possible without childcare?

Laura’s note: This week, I’m answering some of my Frequently Asked Questions — questions that I often hear from readers. As I email my answers, I sometimes think, hey, that would make a reasonable blog post! So here we go. If you have a question to add to the series, please email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.
Q. I’m thinking of starting a freelan… read more »

How to make the switch to a writing career

Laura’s note: Over the next few days, I’ll be answering some of my Frequently Asked Questions — questions that I often hear from readers. As I email my answers, I sometimes think, hey, that would make a reasonable blog post! So here we go. If you have a question to add to the series, please email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.
Q. I’m working as a law… read more »

Flextime: Who receives when they ask?

When it comes to flexible work arrangements, a lot of attention centers on the ask. What do managers react most positively to? Who is most likely to be granted flexible work arrangements?
To figure this out, teams from the Yale School of Management, Harvard Business School, and the University of Texas tried out a number of different scenarios. Managers were… read more »

2013 goals: A mid-year report

Last October, I posted a few goals for 2013 (here’s a link to the post). I realized recently that we are halfway through the year. That’s a good time to check in. If I’m making progress, great. If I’m not, there’s still time to regroup.
So how am I doing?
On the professional front, I finished a draft of my novel. It’s in my agent’s hands now. I have no i… read more »