By Katie Burke, Associate Manager of Tech Initiatives at Dow Jones
Below is an article originally written by Katie Burke, Associate Manager of Tech Initiatives at PowerToFly Partner Dow Jones, and published on January 18, 2019. Go to Dow Jones' page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
How an international rotation for work changed my professional and personal life
If you told me this time last year that by the end of 2018 I would travel to seven different countries, live in Europe for four months, and become a journal-obsessed long-distance runner, I would've told you you've got the wrong girl.
I currently work in New York City for Dow Jones as the Associate Manager of Tech Initiatives, where I work across the technology department with many different teams on various projects. As a student of both computer science and journalism, this marriage of technology and communications is so fulfilling — getting the opportunity every day to help build the community of Dow Jones's tech department and improve overall processes and standards. If it isn't clear, I love what I do.
But this time last year, outside of work, my personal life was predictable. I'd wake up, sit on a bus for an hour or so each morning mindlessly watching Netflix or dozing off, work, get back on that same bus for another hour, then plop in front of the TV for some wholesome yet mindless entertainment. The thought of moving to another country possibly crossed my mind once or twice but never seemed like something that could actually happen.
Last June, my colleague and I were prepping for the arrival of the department's incoming summer interns and chatting about our own college experiences. Before I knew it, we were reminiscing on those things we wish we had done while we were in college. I've always said my biggest regret from school was forgoing the opportunity to study abroad. I told myself the timing was off and that I had too much on my plate (adding a second major, journalism, to my already-decided major of computer science). But truthfully, I felt uneasy when thinking of leaving the comfort of home for a foreign country.
So there I was, feeling the familiar pang of regret and mourning the loss of a life that could have been, when my colleague mentioned our company's international rotation program.
Every six months or so, the technology department offers employees the opportunity to live abroad and work at one of Dow Jones's international offices for anywhere from a few months to two years. My colleague said that I should apply, especially as my role benefits many different teams and projects.
Immediately my heart screamed, YES! What an incredible opportunity to not only experience new culture, but also to bring my passion for what I do at Dow Jones to a new office. But then, just like in college when I passed on the application to study abroad, I hesitated. A new office, new people, new home, new routine… it was all unsettling.
This time, though, that hesitation pushed me to apply. I've read many books and articles on self-improvement and "how to build your dream life," all of which emphasized risk taking and embracing the fear of the unknown. None of them suggested giving into hesitation when going after goals that feel impossible or succumbing to limiting beliefs. So this time, instead of sticking to the safe and certain, I spoke to my manager, filled out the application, and made a case to our CTO as to why I should do a rotation to the Dow Jones London office. Shortly after our conversation, I was knee-deep in visa paperwork and packing my bags to move to London.
By September, my commute to work went from a dreadful daily bus trip to walking 15 minutes across London Bridge, with a view of the Shard to my left and St. Paul's Cathedral to my right. Being in a new office and new environment meant learning a whole new way of working. I was able to grow professionally, learning from the successful culture of the team based in London and making connections outside of just our tech department. I helped break ground on building our first technology team based in Dow Jones's Barcelona office and getting the Dow Jones name on the radar of Barcelona's technology community.
The biggest and most rewarding experience I had while working in London was hosting Dow Jones's first hackathon based in Europe. We've been holding large company-wide hackathons for a while now in the U.S., but never held one specifically for our colleagues in Europe. I loved having the chance to bring the hackathon energy of collaboration and innovation to a new audience, and the feedback from the hackathon participants was tremendously positive.
On top of growing professionally in London, I also developed a lot personally. Being in a foreign country away from friends and family meant I was by myself a lot of the time. Yet from the start, instead of feeling homesick, I openly embraced the opportunity to be alone and learn more about who I am.
For seemingly the first time, I began consciously listening to my own thoughts. I started my days by journaling for three full pages, known as "morning pages," a stream of consciousness that helped me understand why I acted or thought the way I did. I'd follow up with morning runs along the Thames, reflecting and feeling grateful as I ran past all the major monuments of London. I also took many solo weekend trips to new countries, exposing myself to as much culture and newness as I could.
Going from my mundane day-to-day life to this highly self-reflective lifestyle in London really helped me grow in mental and physical health. I now start all my mornings by writing in my journal and avoiding my phone for an hour, and I still run regularly (even if the views aren't as majestic as Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral or the London Eye).
After four months in London, I've returned to New York, missing a lot of the things I grew accustomed to while in London: my wonderful new colleagues, who grew to be a family-away-from-family to me, my beautiful corporate flat in the heart of the City of London, and the opportunity to explore a new country whenever I had a free day.
But instead of focusing on the nostalgia of all things I left behind, I'm focusing more on the lessons learned that I will bring back to my life in the States: the supportive culture of our teams in London, the connections I made while in our offices in London and Barcelona, and the mental growth I experienced while embracing being alone.
It's hard to fully comprehend how lucky I am to have had this unique opportunity. Dow Jones enabled me to have the experience of a lifetime, and I am so, so grateful. If your company offers a similar program, I couldn't recommend it enough.
And yes, I may be back to my same morning commute pre-London, but now instead of living passively, I am actively looking for risks to take and opening myself up to new opportunities, both professionally and personally. I urge you to do the same.
Thank you to all my amazing colleagues and manager for helping making this dream a reality for me. I will be forever grateful for this incredible experience.
Laura Molnar | Senior Manager of Brand Marketing, Travelocity in Dallas, Texas
Below is an article originally written by Laura Molnar at PowerToFly Partner Expedia Group, and published on December 17, 2018. Go to Expedia Group's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
What does your typical workday look like?
My day is filled with diverse activities, from conducting customer research, planning marketing campaigns with cross-functional partners, and working on marketing strategies in support of new product launches.
What have you enjoyed most about working at Expedia Group?
Balance! We work hard but also ensure that we live balanced lives. By encouraging balance, Travelocity employees are fulfilled and able to contribute even more to their jobs.
What makes your team unique?
I love my team! We have so much fun at work. Every day is filled with laughter. At Travelocity, we bring our full self to work. We celebrate our differences because we know that diversity of opinion makes us better. We genuinely care that each and every person is successful in their business and personal lives.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
At times we have to come up with unique and cost-effective ways to solve problems. Customer research can come with a hefty price tag when you are working with outside vendors. In an effort to spend time more efficiently, I took all of our research in-house. Due to the savings in time and spend, several other brands in the portfolio adopted our approach. It was exciting to see Travelocity spearhead the way!
Who has influenced you the most?
It's almost impossible to answer this question because I'm continually learning from those around me. I'd have to say, from a work standpoint, it's probably my team – we are close-knit and work seamlessly together. We're all passionate about our brand and our roles, and it's great to be around that kind of energy and enthusiasm every day!
How and where do you find inspiration?
To inspire creativity and new ideas in my job, I make sure I read as much as I can. From marketing publications, brand marketing books, and the Wall Street Journal, I try to learn as much as I can from other brands in the marketplace.
How did you learn to embrace failure?
I am always learning to embrace failure. A book that has been influential in accepting failure is Failing Forward. You can't learn and grow if you fear failing.
What is your favorite piece of career advice?
Be here now. This phrase is two-fold. First, when you are at work and in meetings, it is important not to multi-task. Keep focused on the current task at hand. Phones and computers can be distracting, as we do everything on them. Even though it is not as easy for me, I choose to take notes in a book rather than on my computer so that people know that I am there with them and clued into the discussion.
The second part of the phrase is more long-term. Work is not always perfect and at times, we wonder why we are where we are. The important thing to remember is that every step encompasses learning that will benefit you in the future. So, when a day gets monotonous, just remember that there is a reason and soak up as much learning as you can.
Tell us about your favorite vacation?
I took my mom to Turkey for her 70th birthday. We rented a car and drove over 2k miles throughout the country. One of her bucket list items was to take a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia. It was the most fantastic experience, as hundreds of hot air balloons rose in unison with the sun across the landscape.
What is your favorite weekend getaway?
I am originally from Laguna Beach, CA. So, anytime I can go home to visit my family, I will. When I am home I hike, eat my weight in sushi, surf, run on the beach, and enjoy watching the sunset over the ocean.
Match Group chief Mandy Ginsberg talks about her first year on the job, the Facebook threat and tackling loneliness through technology
Below is a video link from an article originally published by Chip Cutter at The Wall Street Journal on December 21, 2018. Go to Match.com's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of the Match Group, which owns dating apps like Tinder and OkCupid, talks to The Wall Street Journal about the best way to run a meeting, how to say no to an executive, and juggling work and parenting.
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Photo: Natalia V. Osipova/The Wall Street Journal
Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Forward, and published on January 11, 2019. Go to Forward's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
Forward is the new approach to primary care, offering customized plans to help you control the future of your health. Today, we sit down with Dr. Brittaney Belyeu to hear her take on tech-enabled, member-centered healthcare.
Dr. Brittaney Belyeu — our newest physician at our Los Angeles location at The Americana in Glendale — received her medical degree from UCLA and completed residency training in Internal Medicine, with an emphasis on Primary Care, at the University of Washington. She values building a strong therapeutic alliance with members and using that as a foundation to help members move toward optimizing their health.
What first drew you to practice medicine?
As a child, I watched my mother suffer from widespread pain and fatigue as she searched for answers from her doctors for what was going on. She also dealt with the stress of work and caring for our family. Seeing her deal with these trials, I began to recognize the importance of a physician in improving a person's quality of life, which is ultimately connected to their ability to care for themself and their family.
What areas of interest do you have as a physician?
I am interested in prevention and optimization of chronic disease. My other primary interest is how technology and information systems can help a member better understand their health.
What do you value most in your relationships with members?
Being a primary care physician often means being invited into areas of a person's life that make them feel worried and vulnerable. I value the trust that is built in establishing a therapeutic relationship with members.
What is your experience with the current healthcare industry? Where would you most like to see improvements or changes?
There are inefficiencies in processes and transmission of information in the current healthcare industry that can lead to patient-provider miscommunication, unnecessary care, and unnecessary cost. I would like to see those inefficiencies addressed, which technology and optimization of information systems can help to facilitate. Additionally, it is important to train a workforce that is passionate about providing efficient but equitable care, particularly within the primary care field.
Why did you decide to join Forward?
I joined Forward because it is a new model of care that strives to address the inefficiencies that I mentioned above, while also placing high value on the member experience. This gives me the opportunity to be a part of positive change toward a better and equitable healthcare system.
What are a few fun facts about you that our members might not know?
I love food! If I could be dropped anywhere on Earth right now, it would be into La Boqueria in Barcelona.