Letter to the My Career Matters Members

Welcome to My Career Matters! Whether you have been a member of this group since the beginning or just signed up yesterday – we are glad you are here! To help you take full advantage of what MCM has to offer – here is a bit of a “User’s Manual.”

My Career Matters began because we wanted to have a virtual clubhouse for women supporting women. One of the main differences between My Career Matters and other women’s groups is that My Career Matters wants to have women from different stages of their careers, from different company cultures, and from different skill expertise. We want to bring all these uniquely diverse women together to share our experiences and learn from each other while supporting one another in our paths. By having this diversity, we want to ensure that everyone is represented.

On the MCM LinkedIn page, we post every Tuesday and Thursday, and these posts are timely news articles, Thoughtful Tuesday questions, Thoughtful Tuesday analysis, and interviews with women leaders. With these posts, we hope that you will comment and interact with other members. Currently, we are working on some surveys to understand and improve our community better. Feel free to ask questions to the group as we want this community to have an ability to support one another in real time. In case you missed it, here’s an Thoughtful Tuesday analysis on the question: Would you accept a promotion without a raise?

By understanding our mission, we now want to discuss how you should be using this group. In this group, we want you to network with members on your own time. To find our members, go to the group page and in the upper left corner, there is a tab that shows all our members (nearly 200!), and you can look at their profile and reach out to them. Every woman in this group is committed to supporting each other – don’t hesitate to make a connection with another member. The advantage of a virtual networking space is the ability to fit into your work/life balance. Research shows the importance of women to continue to network to further their career, but this can be difficult in trying to maintain a work/life balance – this group alleviates this stress by allowing you to network digitally. So, send that message to get some coffee!

ALSO! My Career Matters will post about our in-person events where we will have Limber Learning Opportunities, which are workshops that will teach you a savvy skill in about an hour and a half. Get ready for a revelation as these events will change your perspective and ignite your passion for your career! Our next event will be in May 15 from 5:30-7:30PM in Grand Rapids featuring our workshop “Who Controls the Reins of Your Career?” We plan to post the invitation soon – be sure to sign up and bring a buddy to connect with other My Career Matters in-person!

To be clear – this group is secure, and no one can see the posts unless they are a member of this group. We will never post something to the public unless we have your approval beforehand. We want this space to be safe and honest, so do not hesitate to ask questions and share experiences.

Finally (I promise), we cannot express how excited we are to start this group, and we are so glad you are with us to celebrate and learn from other women! The future is female, and this group shows that is true. We’ll see you on the page!