Working Girl Times Three!

Guess what?  Working Girl is not the only working girl out there.  Nope, WGs are everywhere (yay for us) and two of them write a fabuloso blog called, drumroll please, “Working Girl.”  Is that cool or what?  It’s the joint effort of  “Working Girl One” and “Working Girl Two.” 

WG1 lives in NYC.  WG2 lives in Chicago.  Together they create an engaging and funny and real snapshot of the working girl life.  You just might recognize yourself there…..

But before you click over, read our Q&A.

When did you first realize you were “working girls”?

WG1: To reward myself for scoring an interview at a popular women’s magazine, I purchased a new interview outfit: a grey pencil skirt and crisp white oxford shirt. I felt like Andi Anderson working at Composure Magazine in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Even though I technically wasn’t working yet, that’s when I first felt like a “working girl.”

WG2: I don’t think I really associated myself with the working world until I got my first internship. Instead of jobs I had had before, such as being a librarian’s assistant, being a camp counselor, and working in a restaurant, this to me was a real job since I would be working in a “real” office. And I distinctly remember riding the subway to my first day of work in NYC and felt like I had made it and definitely felt like that was my “working girl” realization moment.

What do you love about your work?

WG1: I find myself stressed out with nearly every big event I work on and I always wonder to myself, why did I ever want to work on events? But once the event is over and everything worked out, I feel such a high that makes it worth it.

WG2: I have to agree with WG1 on this one. I also work in events and there is nothing better than the feeling after you completed a really great event/meeting. It is like being on top of the world.

What do you not love about your work?

WG1: The fact that I spend more time sitting at my desk with my co-workers than with my boyfriend, friends and family kills me.

WG2: Data entry. It makes my blood boil. Thankfully I don’t have to do it that often.

If you could have any jobs in the whole wide world, what would they be?

WG1: I’m obsessed with The Food Network so if I could do anything, I’d love to work in the Food Network Test Kitchens. My cooking skills would have to seriously improve but a job that requires me to cook all day, every day would be great practice.

WG2: My dream job ever since I was a little girl was to be a writer and more recently it was to go back to journalism school so I could work my way back into the magazine world. Hands down, I would love to be editor-in-chief of a magazine.

What are your favorite outfits to wear to work?  And, why?

WG1: I’d wear a dress every single day if I had enough dresses. Dresses are so easy, I don’t need to worry about matching pants or a skirt with a shirt and sweater and accessories.

WG2: I am a big believer in that a powerful outfit can do wonders for your workday – it makes me feel more accomplished just by looking better. That said, I have a hard time getting up in the mornings and even if I get up late and wear my favorite outfit, I don’t feel like I could take on the world unless I curl or straighten my hair. So any good hair day is my favorite outfit (or accessory I guess haha).

In your opinion, who is/was the worst TV working girl?  And, why?

WG1: The girls of “The Hills.” From day one Lauren and Heidi made mistake after mistake at their internships and jobs. Lauren allowing her friends to crash her work event and Heidi ditching a business trip to be with her boyfriend. I had to stop watching the show because it was hard to watch them get away with their behavior.

WG2: Ha. I’m gonna have to go with Jan Levinson – Michael Scott’s supervisor on The Office. Sure she adds flavor to the show, but she totally deserved to get fired from Dunder Mifflin since she committed some big Working Girl no-no’s like getting drunk on the job and having a fling with a subordinate.

If you didn’t have to work, would you?  (Be honest!)

WG1: Oh so many things I would get to do! Travel. Learn French. Go to culinary school. Write a book. I could go on and on and on and on. 

WG2: Sometimes I think how great it would be to just quit my job if only I could win the lottery. But I know I would get bored! I think in a perfect world, I would still work but have shorter hours and more vacation time so I had more freedom to do things after and before work – like go to the gym, see a movie, and hang out with my friends and family.

If you could give a *new* working girl just one piece of advice, what would it be?

WG1: Remember that you have to start somewhere and that somewhere is usually the bottom. It might not be fun but use it to your advantage and learn as much as you can about your industry or company. It’ll pay off.

WG2: My piece of advice would to be absorb. The great thing about having an entry-level job is all the people you come in contact with because you have the ability to assist multiple people on multiple projects (especially at small companies) so you can learn a lot really quickly.

4 Comments

  • Joanne says:

    These are two “real” WG’s! Good to read what real people have to say. Though we live in a world complicated by technology and stresssed by job security worries, it’s lovely to know that it’s the little things like good hair and simply wanting a bit more time off that real people still think about. One thing I wish I had given more time over to when I was a young WG was to read up on better techniques for working with others. When you’re young and inexperienced, you simply don’t have the wisdom to know what to do in many slippery situations. I think some good books on management would have done me good.

  • A. Reader says:

    Some good advice and comments in here. The comment about the feeling of accomplishment from doing new and difficult things really hit home for me. I seemed to spend my whole career facing new challenges, dreading them every time, and when the ended successfully (most of the time, not always) feeling I really did something good that day.

  • What fun it was to read what these two young WGs had to say about their jobs and dreams. Now I’d like to hear what they think of your book. I’d be interested in their perspectives from the trenches, so to speak.

  • Tina says:

    Great stories! I feel I hit my professional administrative stride in the last couple of years and I’m really comfortable with my abilities. I am rarely faced with a new fire to put out or a brand new project, just a version of something I’ve seen or done before. There’s comfort in having the answers or at least knowing where to get them, but it’s a challenge to keep yourself engaged. And it took me a long time to realize that it really all comes down to who you work with, not what you actually do.