Treat (no trick) – Career Audit Extract from Happily Ever After for Grown Ups

The short extract below is a taste of chapter 6 of my upcoming book “Happily Ever After for Grown Ups”. I am SOOOO excited to share that I am on track to finish the manuscript, do another edit and send it over to the copy editor within the next 2 weeks. Yay! For now… enjoy a preview with the below:

Extract from Chapter 6: Do a Career Audit

I’ve yet to be on a campus where most women weren’t worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I’ve yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing.

Gloria Steinem

It is not uncommon to hear the question “Can women have it all?” This discussion has been ever present as far back as I can remember and it shows no sign of ceasing, even at this point in the 21st century.

The quote above struck a chord with me as it highlights the reason why the topics in this book may resound with modern working wives. These days, women often:

  • Get married later in life – and therefore spend many years building their career credibility before settling down with their prince
  • Would like to keep building their careers after they have started having a family
  • Need to think creatively about how to balance the varying aspects of their lives – all of which are important
  • Feel that there needs to be a decision made between baby and career – not necessarily knowing how to successfully combine the two

… and in assessing our current careers, these are all aspects to be considered. So… what are the things we need to do in our career path to ensure we on track with a career we can be proud of?

In this chapter, we will look at how to:

  • Do a career audit – and understand why it is important
  • Create a link between career auditing and happily ever after

By the end of this chapter, you will have a better sense of:

  • Your values and beliefs: Is your career and married life a match made in heaven? Have your values and priorities changed?
  • How to approach your boss about a promotion / pay rise
  • Top tips for job hunting in any market (including using Twitter and LinkedIn)
  • Unusual interview tips
  • The kind of support available in your bid to make positive steps in developing your career (a mentor, coach etc)
  • Dealing with any changing aspirations you may have  – embracing the different career development tools at your disposal, including social media, if you do have a promotion or new job that you are striving for


So how does that sound? I hope you enjoyed a little taste of the book. Let me know what you think. I’m happy to share more if you’d like to see it…



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