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A growing database of stories and resources to showcase the paths people have taken to get to where they are in their career and inspire and support those still on their journey.
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Sales & Marketing
Nov 03, 2022
10 min

Don’t be afraid to take chances. Be vulnerable. Find success in failure. Laugh. Stay healthy.  

Writing & Translation
Oct 18, 2022
16 min

Know your worth, but be humble. Never stop learning. Remember your roots.

Hiring & Management
Oct 05, 2022
5 min

Reminding myself that all problems are solvable, shifts my state of mind into curiosity and creativity and problem-solving.

Development & IT
Oct 03, 2022
8 min

Number one, be passionate about it, but number two, don't let it take over your life, don't let it consume you.

Admin & Customer Support
Oct 03, 2022
9 min

No matter where you are right now, nothing is permanent. Everything is temporary.

Development & IT
Sep 26, 2022
4 min

There's something out there for anyone interested in tech, it's about understanding our strengths

Sales & Marketing
Sep 20, 2022
13 min

I hit a million dollars on Upwork. That was big to see it change on my profile to say “Over $1M earned”.

Sales & Marketing
Sep 20, 2022
5 min

It's a tool, just like any other, and so we have the choice on how we wield it and how it affects our lives.

Admin & Customer Support
Sep 20, 2022
6 min

If you give the very best quality you can, the good reviews will come, with a higher rate to follow.

Design & Creative
Sep 20, 2022
6 min

You just need to be consistent in your efforts and you shall prevail! 

Design & Creative
Sep 20, 2022
6 min

I decided to build my own business, I officially built my animation studio in February 2017.

Writing & Translation
Sep 20, 2022
5 min

I realized I wouldn't have come this far if I had waited to have all I needed before starting. But I dared to try.

Design & Creative
Sep 20, 2022
5 min

Worked my way up starting as temp tech-support to operations manager over the course of 2 years.

Design & Creative
Sep 20, 2022
8 min

For me, the ability to work in varying locations or step outside with my dog when I need to clear my head is huge.

Design & Creative
Sep 20, 2022
5 min

One of the things that I feel very excited about is when a product or service is done well.

Sales & Marketing
Sep 20, 2022
5 min

Always advocate for your work and make sure that others understand how it impacts them.

Development & IT
Sep 20, 2022
5 min

Don’t let comparison steal the satisfaction of your own life and know that perfection can be the biggest enemy of progress.

Design & Creative
Sep 20, 2022
5 min

Ignore your inner saboteur. Don’t let negative self-talk impede your progress.

Development & IT
Sep 20, 2022
6 min

You have to be consistent, keep trying, keep trying and keep trying. Quality matters.

Design & Creative
Sep 20, 2022
9 min

Your business will only grow as you have the capacity and professionalism to manage that business.

Design & Creative
Sep 20, 2022
5 min

Once you find a niche, stick to that niche and be consistent. And that is what makes someone succeed in something.

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What is Career CloseUp?

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Stories are shared through Upwork’s Community, social profiles, and newsletters. We also will occas

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1. Submit your story via the Career Story Submission page or email it to communitycareer@upwork.com . 

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    We’re so happy you are sharing your journey! Your story is already magical because it’s about you

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    How do I know that you’ve received my story?

    Once you submit your story using the Google Doc submission form, you will receive an email in 5 to

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    Once your story has been reviewed and is ready to be published, you will receive an email.

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    Currently, your story can be submitted in the following formats. (For a more in-depth look at suppo

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    Yes! We’re happy to include a link to your Upwork profile, your project catalog, or portfolio.

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    Can I include a picture or artwork I created along with my story?

    Yes! And in fact, we encourage you to do so! 

    Do you accept previously published work?

    Why not! As long as you own the rights to the content, we are happy to republish your work, we'll j

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    We understand that your story is yours to tell and we do not want to put restrictions on it. Howeve

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    No. (Don’t worry we’re not mad…we’re just disappointed.)

    If I submit a story, and it is published, can I still publish the story elsewhere?

    Yes! We encourage you to share your story anywhere your heart desires, please don’t forget to inclu

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    Can I upload my video and post my story to my website or Youtube channel?

    We think it is important for your story to be told in the manner you'd like! For SEO reasons, we as

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    How can I use Zoom to record my career story?

    You may already know this, but Zoom can be an easy tool to quickly record your screen and audio. Al

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    What are the terms and conditions for submitting my story?

    We encourage you to take a moment and review the Contributor Agreement in full. It's important to r

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    May I make changes to my paper after submission or inclusion in the database?

    Of course - changes are welcome. Please note, we will do our best to accommodate changes but it may

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    Can I withdraw my article after it has been published?

    Of course, if you feel that you need to withdraw your story for any reason after it has been publis

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    Will more content be added?

    Yes! This is a growing resource of stories and support.

    What if I have additional questions?

    Please visit our general FAQ page or send an email to communitycareer@upwork.com 

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