Sharon currently works as the Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs and Strategy at a local University. She started off her career in the arts however, attending MICA and taking a job before graduating in the field of interior design. Sharon loved working in her industry and helping families imagine their future living spaces. She worked in interior design for 15 years before deciding that in order to spend more time with her family, she needed a change. She liked talking to people and so took an entry level job in human resources. Sharon enjoyed her work and grew with the company, but when the economy took a turn for the worse, her job was eliminated. She found another position in hr, but soon felt stuck; the industry wasn't exciting her and she didn't feel passionate about working in a for-profit business. At this point, Sharon decided to go back to school and get her Bachelor's degree. She attended classes full time and graduated with a degree in Philosophy. The mission of her school, to help people, changed her feelings about her career path. She decided to work in nonprofits and found an entry level position as a receptionist, working her way up through the organization until she was managing branches throughout the U.S and Canada. When a friend called Sharon and offered her a position as Special Assistant to the President in her alma mater, she took the job. "Networking is so important," she said. After three years there, she moved to her current position. "I love being able to contribute," she said," I love that the work I do is benefitting the students and that changes lives."
In college, Ed was a radio, tv, and film major. He worked a number of jobs growing up, but as a sophomore at Temple University, he decided he needed to work somewhere that was closer to his career interests. He was hired as a copy boy at a local publication and soon realized he loved working in the office. The journal was focused on sports, and that was Ed's interest. He learned about editing the paper and lay-out, and he quit school to work there full time. A few years later, the paper folded and after a few months, Ed was hired by the Dallas Morning News. He moved to Texas and worked there until a friend offered him a position in Hartford, CT. Hartford wasn't the place for Ed and his family however, and after 4 months, when the Sports Editor at the Baltimore Sun called him out of the blue, Ed picked up and left for Maryland. Ed worked for the Sun for 10 years. After covering sports business for awhile, he went into Public Relations and then moved on to the Daily Record. He now owns his own business and works on posting scores for highschool athletic contests in Howard County. Ed loves that he is working for himself and making his own decisions. He was also a member of the GBC Leadership class of 2011 and through that experience, was given the opportunity to meet a number of talented, smart, prominent individuals. "Associate yourself with people who inspire you," he told clients.
Kate grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended Villanova University. She studied marketing and after college found a job in sales, walking door-to-door to businesses selling sports marketing packages. Even though the hours were long and the work difficult, especially in winter, Kate realized she liked sales. She left that job and moved home where she spoke to family and friends about what career she should pursue. She soon found a position as a recruiter with a nation-wide staffing agency and enjoyed her job until the economy tanked. Her company experienced lay-offs, and while Kate hung on, she felt her future was uncertain. With a good mentor and boss, and dedication and determination in her job, Kate continued with recruiting. "I like helping people find jobs," she said. When she met her fiancee however, Kate transitioned to her company's offices in Maryland. "I switched divisions and had a whole new skill set to learn. I had to start over." Kate is currently 5 months into her transition. "You can't control everything in your life, but you can choose what attitude you bring to work," she said. By putting on a smile everyday before going in, Kate was able to improve her situation in a new atmosphere and become accustomed to new people and responsibilities. "You have the power to make a positive experience for yourself."
Brian grew up in a working class community in Chicago. While he wasn't engaged in school, his father mandated that he attend college and so he did. "I had no way to pay for it though," he said, and so he took a job with Sears and Roebuck on the 95th floor of the Sears Tower. Brian went to school from 8:30-2 and worked from 3:30 til midnight. He averaged 3-4 hours of a sleep a night which greatly impacted his attention to studying and school. Nevertheless, he graduated with a degree in education and went on to work for Sears full-time. Brian shared his three tenets to live by with MND clients. "I learn to bring unique value to whatever company I am in," Brian said. "I also wanted to have a range of experiences to set me up for my ultimate goal of running a business," he added. "Lastly, I never did anything just for the money." Moving around from job to job to experience all aspects of what goes into running a business meant Brian often had to sacrifice a high salary in order to learn the necessary skills. Brian told clients as well, "Always try to leave any person or business better off than when you got there. Set a goal for yourself and think of all the steps to achieve it." Brian is now working in a marketing services firm and travels a lot. He loves that he is involved in the process of making businesses better.
Thank you so much to all our guests for taking the time to share your stories with us and keep us motivated to keep searching for that job that will enable us to do our best!