Ever heard someone talk about their fascinating career and wondered just how they got there? Come across a job title that you didn't even know was a thing? Or do you dream of a profession but secretly wonder whether you've got what it takes?
The world of work is choc-full of amazing roles and opportunities – that too many of us simply aren't fully aware of. The nature of A-levels and university choices mean young women are often funnelled into careers through decisions they may be ill-equipped to make – and then find themselves in conventional jobs wondering just what else might be out there.
Our mission at The Career Girl is to inspire young women with the huge range of roles open to them, to equip them with specific (and fascinating!) insights to help with decisions around education and work, and to reassure them that early choices don't have to limit their opportunities or pigeonhole their careers.
The project is a growing online database of interviews with real women in real jobs, browsable by industry or subjects studied. It's composed of a body of profiles from across a diverse and exciting range of careers, explaining exactly how to get that dream job you aren't even sure exists (it almost certainly does). The profiles on The Career Girl will delve into the specific 'how' of each individual's career path and give insights into the everyday reality of their roles. Moreover they'll provide role models and professional examples to help women understand what extra-curricula skills and personal qualities might give someone the edge in any given job.
The site profiles will focus on young women in the first decade or so of their careers, drawn from a diverse range of industries and backgrounds. Whilst the focus is on younger 'profilees', the site will feature interviews with more experienced women at the pinnacles of their industries. The site will also include a blog updated weekly with interesting reads, listens, views and news focused on women in the workplace. The idea is that women of all ages (and hopefully some men too!) will find something to inspire their working life.
We also plan to get in touch with schools and colleges to make them aware of the site as a tool to aid careers advice services.
We are hoping to raise £800 to cover the costs of hiring a designer to create an enjoyable and visually engaging user experience for the website. This is the bit we really can't get started without! Any money raised over this target will go towards hiring a professional web developer to handle the site's structure, with £3000 enabling us to employ professionals for every aspect of the website's design and development.
We need your support to invest properly in the set-up of The Career Girl site and get our tool out there helping to people to be more intentional and empowered in their careers! The aim is to launch the site with 100 profiles in early 2019 and grow it steadily from there. The Career Girl will be a not-for-profit entity; any money raised through Crowdfunder will go directly to building and maintaining the website.
This project is the brainchild of me, Nina Chang, sewing pattern entrepreneur and freelance editor. I've had a wide range of jobs, from working for The Queen to cookbook recipe testing and now running my own business. With every role I've had people ask 'how did you get that job?' and that's where the inspiration for The Career Girl stems from. I want to answer that question for as many interesting jobs as possible, in as concrete and helpful a way as possible – and hopefully show that the world of work is more open and exciting than many of us had realised! My experiences in setting up and running my own business testify to my ability to see a project through from concept to launch and then beyond, and I'm very excited to bring The Career Girl to the world in 2019!
Any questions? Or think you know someone who'd be perfect for a profile on the site? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!