True life stories from fellow members in the global career growth platform for women in STEM+
Brinda has a Bachelor of Science in biology and an MBA. Although she had previously landed jobs in business development and project management, this wasn’t the path she wanted to be on. For the past year, she took a break but wanted to kickstart her career. A friend told her about Gotara, so she joined and started asking for advice from Gotara advisors.
“I liked the nano-learning exchange I had with a Gotara advisor because it was anonymous and I felt free to ask and share my thoughts without worrying this person was going to judge me. Gotara feels like a big sister I can go to when I need advice I can trust.”
BRINDA, Gotara member
How did Gotara help?
Brinda joined Gotara and used the career growth platform to learn how to create a targeted resume, do a job search and prepare for interviews that were more aligned to what she wanted to do with her STEM career.
“The advice definitely helped me find my new job, and once I started, I soon came up against an issue that I wanted advice on how to handle,” Brinda shares. “One of my co-workers likes to start her day two hours before me, and by the time I start at 9 am, I already feel that my manager thinks I’m behind. It stressed me out, but the Gotara advisor told me to focus on what I’m bringing to the team, do my job well, and not compare myself to this other colleague. It made sense, and it’s helped.”
So, what was the nano-learning experience like?
“I liked my nano-learning exchange with the advisor because it was anonymous and I felt free to ask and share my thoughts without worrying this person was going to judge me,” explains Brinda. “I didn’t know my virtual work colleagues well enough to speak with them. For me, Gotara feels like a big sister I can go to for advice I can trust. She was someone I could get advice from when I needed it. I think I used the platform five times in two months. I also liked that the advice was coming from someone who was experienced.
Like me, I felt the Gotara mentor could say things to me that she may not be comfortable saying in person. I once had an older mentor at another job, but I didn’t feel comfortable sharing everything with her because we were colleagues. I also wouldn’t have shared anything personal with her, but I was able to share with the Gotara advisor an issue at home—related to the division of household chores—and she provided me with the negotiating tools to address this issue and resolve it.”
*Brinda is a pseudonym, as we keep our members’ and advisors’ identities confidential. It’s the same confidentiality they experience when they have a nano-learning session. Our nano-learning sessions are just-in-time advice our members receive from advisors within 24 hours of making a request. Join today, and experience a nano-learning session. (It’s free to join, so what’s stopping you?)