Deborah Swerdlow 74 posts
As a nonprofit advocacy professional living in Washington, D.C., Deborah works with groups across the country to educate their communities and lawmakers about public policies that can help low-income residents make ends meet. She is passionate about helping people connect their interests to a cause they believe in and empowering them to take action.

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Template Toolbox | Leaving Your Job? Use This Transition Plan Template

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A big part of leaving your job on good terms is smoothly transitioning projects and responsibilities. You can set your successors up for success by creating a transition plan and sharing it with a supervisor before your final day at the office. A transition plan lays out your regular duties and responsibilities, current projects, upcoming […]

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Use this Framework for Your Best Presentations Yet

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Think about the best presentations, workshops, or trainings you’ve attended—the ones that gave you new ideas, made you feel empowered or inspired, or pushed you to implement something new in the office. None of that happened by accident. The person leading the session probably thought carefully about their goals and desired outcomes for the session. […]

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Graduate School: Which Path is Right for You? Part 2

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In the first post of this two-part series, I cover two aspects of choosing the right graduate degree, choosing between certificate, master’s, and PhD programs, and choosing between a subject matter degree (which teaches you the “what”) and a professional degree (which teaches you the “how”). Now it’s time to explore the different ways to […]

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Graduate School: Which Path is Right for You? Part 1

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One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten is from a friend of mine who, at the time, had just finished her master’s in library science and was preparing to move almost 300 miles away to start a PhD program. I was also at a pivot point in my life: I was switching […]

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