Each month, NeW is proud to highlight a NeW alumna. Today, we would like to feature Kathleen Scofield, a graduate of the University of Virginia. Kathleen was involved with NeW at UVA beginning in her freshman year. She remained an active member throughout her college career. We were excited to interview her in her new role as mother! Thanks Kathleen for taking your time, and congratulations!
The summer before my first year at UVA, my dad read an op-ed piece in The Washington Times about Karin and the organization she started on college campuses for conservative women. From the article, he learned that it started at UVA and was quickly catching on at other schools. My dad showed me the article and encouraged me to find this club when I got down to school. At our fall activities fair, I found the NeW booth and talked with a few NeW ladies and once I attended the first meeting, I knew it was for me.
What have you done since graduation?
Just after graduation, I married my high school sweetheart and began working in the DC area. Last year, our family grew and we welcomed our first child, Lillian, on September 11, 2013. Just before she arrived, I switched jobs and now work for a small engineering firm. This job allows me to work from home so I get the best of both worlds! I love being a mom and watching our daughter grow — every day is a new adventure!
What have you learned as you started your career?
I’ve learned that it’s important to keep in mind that your career is a marathon, not a race. Trying new opportunities early on in your career can help you identify your passions and guide you in your journey.
Networking takes time, effort and desire but it can pay off tremendously. For example. my current boss was our wedding photographer 4 years ago. You never know where the next opportunity could come from! Not only is this my favorite job in terms of the workload, coworkers and responsibility/authority I have, but it also allows me to be home for my daughter.
As soon as someone figures that out let me know! But seriously, it is a constant balance — some weeks I’m more focused on my family and others I’m more focused on work. But there are some ground rules that you need to set for yourself and stick to them. For example, I do not work from the time my husband comes home from work until my daughter goes to bed. No work means not even checking email — this is our family time and we cherish it!