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Letter to my younger self

In this Parlour series our writers reflect on their careers so far. They offer advice and anecdotes on navigating study and work, and balancing it with family, health travel and other pursuits.

 

This is an ongoing series – if you have reflections to share that  might help others we’d love to hear from you. Find out how to contribute a letter here.

What is a career?

What is a career?

Stepping off the traditional career path has made space for new opportunities and broadened the meaning of professional success for Christina Bozsan.
A reflection on life and love, community and volunteering

A reflection on life and love, community and volunteering

For Ursula de Jong, her life and career has been more about embracing the richness of life than strategy and planning.
Taking stock

Taking stock

Being deliberate and thoughtful about her work and career has helped bring her priorities into sharp focus, says Ingrid Bakker.
Letters to my younger self

Letters to my younger self

Do you have some advice to share? Parlour is starting a new series full of useful tips and stories of women working in the built environment. Why not be a part of it?
#thinkingoutloud

#thinkingoutloud

Wise reflection and advice can be as valuable to your future self as it is to your younger self, says Cristina Garduño Freeman.
Seize the opportunity

Seize the opportunity

Be humble and be ambitious, and believe everything is possible, advises Shelley Penn.
The path to specialisation

The path to specialisation

Lucy Burke-Smith looks back on her journey from gleaming white boxes to the bricks and mortar of heritage conservation.
The all-important trusted tribe

The all-important trusted tribe

Finding a trusted tribe to share all the highs and lows of professional life has made all the difference for urban planner and founder of Urbanistas Sydney, April McCabe.
Finding equilibrium

Finding equilibrium

Talina Edwards has learned that slowing down and enriching her life has enabled her to achieve balance and success.
Redefining success

Redefining success

Success isn't about winning power, privilege and esteem. It's about finding your talents, achieving contentment and enjoying the rewards, says Anuradha Chatterjee.
Embracing the word 'No'!

Embracing the word ‘No’!

Sonia Sarangi reflects that calling out harassment and casual racism, and learning to say no, has been important for her career – and her mental health.
Finding your true north

Finding your true north

Keeping true to who she is and what she values has always been a key priority for Yvette Breytenbach.
The power of independence

The power of independence

A strong independent streak, entrepreneurial flair and a diverse set of skills have helped Shaneen Fantin overcome life's big challenges.
Working mother one year on

Working mother one year on

Thinking ahead and making a plan for one of the biggest chapters of her life was the key to a successful return to work, says Kellie McGivern.
Confidence is the key

Confidence is the key

Naomi Stead looks back and offers some well-earned advice about ignoring self-doubt and building up confidence in your own abilities.
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