Peggy Dolane

Peggy Dolane

Freelance Marketer/Content Strategist

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I loved studying anthropology in college, but after I graduated I didn't want to work in that field.
I had a period of severe depression after I graduated because I wasn't sure what to do with my life.
My dad told me, "All you need to do is go out there, find something you like, and stick with it."
I started volunteering at a drug/addiction treatment facility, which inspired me to get my master's.
Even after I'd finished my master's degree in social work, I had difficulty finding a job I liked.
My partner and I decided to adopt two children, both of whom had learning/attention issues.
I started freelancing and working from home so I could give my children the care that they needed.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Sociology and Anthropology
Oberlin College
Graduate
Social Work
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Certification/License
Certificate in Addiction Studies, Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Career

Freelance Marketer/Content Strategist

I capture the essence of an organization & use online vehicles to present it to the right audience.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

I work out of my home as a freelancer so I can best accommodate my children, both of whom have learning and attention issues. In the morning, I'll spend some time sharing my story through an interview or on my social media feeds. I feel like it's my duty to share my advice with other parents, even when it's of no economic benefit to me. I'll take a walk or do pottery to find some creative inspiration, then I'll write articles for my clients. Occasionally I can drop in on a local client's office.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You need tons of self-drive and motivation; it'd be great if I had someone else keeping my structured schedule, but as a freelancer, I've had to manage it myself. Balancing the needs of my children with my freelance schedule can be really testing and trying at times, but I've found a way to make it all work as best as I can.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

My liberal arts education has become one of my most valuable assets; my analytical thinking and reading skills have enabled me to learn and intelligently process anything. That foundation has made me flexible enough to roll with any of the punches that life throws at me. I'm not necessarily working in the exact field that I studied in college and graduate school, but all of that knowledge has definitely contributed to my current work in surprising ways.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

graduate
Graduate
undergrad
Bachelor

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"Boys can be just about anything; girls have to be mothers, wives, teachers, or nurses."

Challenges I Overcame

Emotional Quotient Deficit
Learning Issues