Introducing #HowIMadeIt, Your Ultimate Career Inspo Guide

We asked 100+ talented, ambitious and driven Canadian women with cool jobs to give us their best, brutally honest, been-there-done-that advice. Here’s what they told us

An illustration by Hana Shafi featuring icons to denote different categories in FLARE's #HowIMadeIt package

(Illustration: Hana Shafi)

Ever look at someone else’s LinkedIn and thought: I want what she has? Us too. Enter #HowIMadeIt, which celebrates 100+ talented, ambitious, driven Canadian women with cool jobs. Each millennial honoree—from astronaut to entrepreneur, stockbroker to book editor—shares exactly how she made it in her chosen field: the highs, the lows, the hustle. Consider it your one-way ticket to BossTown.

Here, just a sampling of the type of badass advice and career inspo you’re in for:

“What you walk into the room with—and how powerful you are—is *your* decision.”
Janaya Khan, co-founder, Black Lives Matter Toronto

“My big break was when I got fired. Afterward, I could focus again. I made art, I made fashion and I made Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator.”
Sage Paul, co-founder, Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator

“Do everything that you’re asked to do and then do more, and in the wise words of Kendrick: “Be humble.”
Jax Irwin, radio host, KiSS 92.5FM

“Push yourself, get out of your comfort zone, and do the stupid thing sometimes—you never know where you’ll end up.”
Alyssa Garrison, blogger, Random Acts of Pastel

“Forget jobs that are ‘safe.’ Safety is found in yourself.”
Heather Anne Ritchie, co-founder, Repable

“Your intuition is no joke. Whenever I’ve ignored mine, it’s never led good places.”
Alyssa Bertram, founder, Easy

“We like to think that being underestimated can be a good thing (it’s certainly sometimes fun).”
Nasha Nijhawan and Kelly McMillan, Nijhawan McMillan Barristers

For all the inspo ever, visit FLARE.com/HowIMadeIt.

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