Seventeen women have been hand-picked for a groundbreaking program to help them relaunch their career in the media.
The Relaunch Project – a Women in Media and Google News Initiative program – aims to empower participants through one-on-one mentoring and workshops on topics including leadership, industry innovation, new technology and personal development.
We asked three of the cohort this question: What one piece of advice do you think will most help you “relaunch?”
My Relaunch Project mentor has suggested an exercise in which I write down where I’d like to be in one year, five years and 10 years.
I can dismiss any opportunity that doesn’t help those goals once I go back to work.
On the other hand, I should consider and take seriously those opportunities and even challenges that will help.
The exercise is designed to block out white noise and keep me focused on what’s important as I embark on a new chapter juggling work and a baby.
I haven’t started the exercise yet but just knowing it’s there (and I will complete it soon) keeps me a little calmer about “relaunching” myself.
Being accepted into the Relaunch Project has been pivotal for rekindling faith in myself that I have so much more to contribute to the media landscape.
One piece of advice that really helped with that came from Sean Hall. I loved how he owned his past, his career crash from burnout and how that has led to his reinvention into something you could see his energy and passion for.
His honesty really reminded me that we are so much more than the sum of our past. It’s what we do with our experiences that is important.
Sean’s message of using neuroscience to focus on what we can control and acting on those things was a good reminder that we can take responsibility for our energy, the micro decisions every day that fill our cup.
To be a master of my craft and proud of the quality of my work.
He got me to appreciate my superpowers anew – my heightened sense of fairness and social justice, which is a huge motivator for my storytelling and finding news stories that aren’t told.
And for the first time appreciating that my sense of humour is actually not just a fun by-product, but actually a superpower to bring smiles to other people and see the light side of difficult situations in life. Also that I am curious and brave, not shrinking way from challenges or difficulties.
Now I feel more focussed about finding that position in media where I can use these skills and find and tell the stories that aren’t being heard.
There are a couple of quotes in my Relaunch Project notebook that are highlighted and underlined twice.
Both seem simple and obvious, maybe that’s why they hit so hard.
The first came from the session I was probably most sceptical about, Sean Hall speaking about how we “deserve a life that makes us shimmy”. He’s not wrong, but it sounds unimportant – not career progression.
Then he said: “You can only achieve what you have the energy to achieve.”
I wrote: The #1 reason I need more energy is to be a better mum and partner.
This is stuff I was trying to seperate – the professional and the personal. I realised I can’t do any of it well if I don’t have the energy.
Then Judith Whelan spoke about a professional team being three dimensional, that your boss is on your team too.
Judith was so honest and open in sharing what she perceived as career missteps.
She said: “Make mistakes, but get up.”