by Grace aka costofcollege
When asked how she ended up as White House press secretary, Dana Perino explained that her career began with an unlikely job.
Well, it started with a job as an overnight country music DJ in southern Colorado. The truth is, there’s no clear path. Everything I did — taking lots of risks, getting over my fears — led me to be the right press secretary at the right time.
Many careers take a winding path. My first job out of college was in the dusty oil fields of West Texas, and my last job was amid the skyscrapers of Wall Street. I’m both delighted and nervous to observe the unlikely paths of my children’s careers, As happens in many cases, the jobs they have now were not on their radar screen until very recently.
Has your career followed a straight and narrow path, or a crooked and winding one? What do you observe around you? What do you see or expect for your children? What relevant career advice would you like to share?
Also notice that Perino’s big job required her to sacrifice work-life balance.
Q: How did you maintain a healthy work-life balance when you were working in the White House?
A: I didn’t. I ate little, slept terribly and was susceptible to migraines. But I got through it. I think it helped that there was an end date, so I could give my all for those days, knowing the best opportunity of my life wasn’t going to last forever.