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July 26, 2012

Careers Q&A: Advice for working parents, job-seekers

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Are there smaller types of entrepreneurial work you could do to give yourself more experience with your own venture? I have known people who set up and ran those kiosks in malls for a year before starting their own larger business. Also, get some feedback on your own skills for being an entrepreneur before you start out. It's important to know your own strengths and weaknesses, and make sure you have a partner or assistant who complements your skills.

Looking for a New Job

Q: I've worked here for almost three years as an administrative professional. My job involves desk coverage for three, four days per week. One desk keeps me busy, but the other two don't. My skills are suffering because sometimes I have to make myself "look busy" or go around to other assistants looking to assist them. Should I look for new work or just hang in there and be glad I have a cushy job?

A: Sounds like you already know the answer to this. You sound like you really want to do more in your job. Have you talked with anyone in your firm about ways you could expand your role or take on more responsibilities? What about taking courses whether online or at a school? It seems like you are ready for something more so now you just have to figure out (with help) what that might be. Maybe your company has some ideas for you. Talk to a manager to find out.

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Russell is the director of the Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist.

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