What is Agency and How Can I Get Some?
Welcome to Imposter, Interrupted. This project is a collection of stories and an opportunity to share knowledge and spread compassion among professional women. This is a place where hard work, balance and community come together to interrupt insecurity and get us to where we aspire to be.
My name is Sophie. I work in Alumni Relations at a notable Canadian University. I like my job, I love my colleagues. I’m lucky and I’m happy. I’m in my late twenties and have been in the workforce for about four years.
Since I first made my debut as a full-time worker bee I’ve been going where life takes me, not really following any sort of preconceived path, not really taking the reigns. Luckily, life has taken me to a pretty good place. As I approach my thirties, though, I have been thinking more and more about ownership and agency and how to achieve those things.
Agency can be defined as “the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power”. When I look back on the short four years I have been working, I can certainly say that I have not acted. I have taken opportunities when they come my way, but have not sought any out. I have not taken ownership of my career, even though I am its owner! Not only do I own my career, I also own my body, my spiritual life, my love life, my family life- everything. I want- no, I need- to take ownership of all of these things, and I want everything I own to thrive. I know I am not alone, that we all want to exceed our own expectations and, for lack of a better phrase, become boss ladies.
This project is about women shaking off imposter syndrome, taking ownership, and finding balance.
They say you are who you surround yourself with. I want to meet you, to be surrounded by you, and to work with you to build a fierce future for women everywhere- at work and at home.