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Tackling Career Challenges with Your Squad: Sarah Chrobak

Tackling Career Challenges with Your Squad: Sarah Chrobak

Taking risks, tackling career challenges, and managing work-life balance is a tricky equation to balance. We asked Sarah, a Squad Mod in the Fall 2018 program, to share more about how her Squad supported her in expanding her professional network. 

Why did you join an Ellevate Squad?

Building my external network has been a key focus area of 2018 for me. It's not always the easiest thing to do after all - work, commitments and life always seem to throw up hurdles in your way. Squads provided an accessible platform to meet other Ellevate women from across the globe with diverse backgrounds and truly impactful experiences to share.

What are your top three takeaways from your Squads experience?

First, we all have challenges in our career - its normal. Listening to the stories in the Squad were so refreshing. It was a blessing to hear other women are facing the same challenges as me.

Second, it’s okay to feel nervous when taking a risk - but that doesn't mean it won’t turn into success. Go for the challenge. After all, failures are also learning opportunities.

Third, connecting with others outside your normal circle is one of the best things you can do to get a truly unbiased and outside-in perspective. Your Squad mates may certainly not understand all of the players in your story or challenge, but their advice can sometimes be that push that you need to move forward.

What advice do you have to share with future Squad Mods?

Be sure to always be on time – I found it helpful to block 30 minutes on my calendar before the weekly meeting so that I never missed one. I also reserved 30 minutes afterwards so I could wrap-up the discussion and finish notes without feeling rushed.

Make an effort to get to know each members and lead conversation starters in the beginning of the session. It’s helpful for making everyone feel welcome in the group. Most members in my Squad were in their first one ever and said they will definitely continue again in the future. 

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