When it comes to career guidance, there’s certainly no shortage of books on the subject on offer. Rummage through the ‘careers’ section of any bookstore, and you’ll undoubtedly be confronted by an array of workplace manifestos urging you to ‘lean in’ and simply ‘think yourself rich’, perched next to volumes promising a 4-hour week, whilst exhorting you to ‘fail better’.
As a young woman trying to make my way in a creative field (advertising), I quickly found that these sorts of books contained little in the way of guidance for those who, like me, were just starting out – and crucially, they made few allowances for anyone whose definition of success didn’t align with their rather corporate narrative of corner offices and company credit cards. Nothing I found reflected the workplaces I was encountering, or career choices I was being faced with.
Date: Monday 17th July 2017
Place: Gennaro Room, The Groucho Club
At this summer’s 4th Estate Literary Salon we ask ‘Is there any such thing as a ‘female’ style of writing? Can you tell, without looking at the title page, whether an author is male or female?’ Come and hear another stellar panel discuss the thorny issue of how gender can inform one’s own writing at The Groucho Club.