Welcome to Rank Up!!! A blog to help you get the most out of your career, including your personal and professional life.
I’m sure you have a few questions.
Who are you?
I’m Lauren Scanlan, a nearly-thirty who has made my way through a couple different jobs and schools to finally work my dream job in publishing. I am also someone who is interested in developing myself and others, whether that means learning new skills, making new connections, or passing on a few nuggets of hard-won wisdom I’ve gained from the past few years.
What is this blog?
Rank Up!!! is meant to help you use your time and resources wisely to become the person and professional you’d like to be. This isn’t a blog for “making it to the top,” necessarily, or to help you land the job — though I certainly hope I can help you do those things, too. Instead, the focus is primarily to give you the tools, tricks, and advice to help you make your way effectively and healthily in your own career, whether that’s as a freelance artist or as an ambitious lawyer. I will also cover personal development, as well as concrete advice for job seeking and advancement in both a full-time and freelance setting.
Who is this blog for?
Anyone, though I’ll primarily be addressing those starting out in their careers, or who have the first few years under their belt, but are not sure what the next steps are. I will have tips for students, too, but it will not be student-focused. I hope, however, that any reader can learn something!
What makes you qualified?
Nothing special! I’ve just put time and energy to myself, and it’s panned out. I’m lucky to have been raised by parents who found personal and economic success in their own career paths, and I’d like to share the privilege I’ve had of learning at their knee to others who haven’t had the same opportunities. I am a personal believer that schools, whether it be high school, higher education, or even graduate school, do not do enough to prepare their students for the professional world as it exists today, and I hope to help bridge that gap with what I’ve learned and what I’ve been taught by my parents, as well as other fantastic mentors and hard-working peers throughout my life.
That being said, I’m always learning, and I may get it wrong. I realize I do come from a place of great privilege, and I’m not always going to get it right. If you have a different experience, I would love to hear it!
How often will you update?
Once a week, every Wednesday. You can read it here, but also, please do subscribe by email so you don’t miss a post!
Where can I go to read more?
I’ll be posting recommendations on my favorite books, articles, podcasts, and more, to the pages under “Recommendations.” Please check them out!
Why ‘Rank Up’?
The term is borrowed from some of my favorite video games, the Persona series. Every time you level up a friendship, you gain a rank in that relationship. I loved the idea of “ranking up” my own life, and I hope I can help others rank up their lives and relationships as well.
I wish you a happy, healthful, productive, and fun 2018. Here’s to the new year!