30 is not the New 20

June 3, 2013 | Karin

Ever heard someone say that 30 is the new 20?

Well, Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, assistant professor at the University of Virginia and author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–and How to Make the Most of Them Now, challenges this notion. In a talk available online through the nonprofit organization TED, she offers practical advice to help women in their 20s become the women they want to be later in life. I wrote about this on The Huffington Post:

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, coaches young women to “lean in” to their careers. Erin Callan, former Lehman Brothers CFO, warns against single-minded careerism, citing her own challenge in trying to have her first child at age 47. Susan Patton advises Princeton women to search for husbands while on campus.

What is a twenty-something who wants to be successful in her career and family life to do? What do the stories, advice and warnings all add up to?

Jay explains:

Thirty is not the new 20, so claim your adulthood, get some identity capital, use your weak ties, pick your family. Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know or didn’t do. You’re deciding your life right now.”

Read the rest of my piece here.

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