When planning out a career, most people have a general sense of what it is they want to do. Some people have very specific goals in mind and they are able to achieve them with hard work and determination, and that’s absolutely fine. There’s nothing wrong with having a specific plan. But every now and then, sometimes unexpected situations and opportunities present themselves, and it’s perfectly acceptable to go with them. It might not always turn out the way you’d expect, but you take that lesson and grow from it.
Other times, taking those unexpected curveballs and twists can lead to tremendous success. Such is the case for lawyer-turned-CEO, Julie Sweet. Her work as a lawyer at world-renowned law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore saw her eventual promotion to partner. After years of working at a prestigious firm, making exceptional money and the promise of a bright future ahead of herself, Julie decided to change her life drastically and take a job at Accenture, a global consultancy agency. It was a different kind of job than she was used to, and after five years at the company, Julie Sweet became the CEO of Accenture North America. What’s more impressive than her resume is the fact that she’s breaking down barriers for female employees. As someone who finds diversity imperative to a company’s success in today’s day and age, I adore the work that Ms. Sweet has accomplished.
The New York Times recently published an article on Sweet’s groundbreaking feats.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
“I worked starting when I was 14. I was the reservationist at the Elizabeth Howard dinner theater. They had never hired someone in high school, let alone a 14-year-old. But Elizabeth was so impressed that I was this young woman coming in looking for a job, she hired me and gave me a chance.
This was during the Reagan recession. My parents were struggling financially, and when I was in seventh grade I was growing so fast they could only buy one pair of pants at a time, because they kept having to replace them. By the time I got to high school, if I could work, then I could buy my own clothes.”
In order to read the full New York Times article, make sure to click here.