Some of you may know this, so this is for those who do not know my background. I graduated from Missouri State University in 2012 with my Bachelors Degree in Public Relations with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. While this may seem completely appropriate given where I am today, my path was not so clear cut when I started.
When I started college in 2008, I was deadset on becoming a Nurse. Although math and science were not my strong suit, I knew I wanted to help people. Despite these good intentions, I soon found out that I could not pass anatomy, a pretty vital class to become a nurse (haha). So, I was faced with a change in majors. After trying to stay in the health field, I discovered my love of communication.
I declared my major for the 3rd time as a Public Relations. Having to also select a minor, I found myself interested in owning my own business one day. So, I chose Entrepreneurial Studies. As my classes continued, I realized that I had a heart for non-profits and a strong desire to work for one after graduation. However, this proved to be harder than I expected once that day arrived.
After countless job applications and phone interviews, I took the first job that I was offered, it was not with a non-profit. In fact, it was not until 2014 that I landed a job with The Arc of the Ozarks, a local non-profit organization that serves individuals with disabilities, as a program manager. Although the position was not one that was particularly relevant to my degree, it was one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. In that position, I was able to work with individuals with developmental disabilities and truly make an impact on their lives.
By 2015 I had achieved my goal and was promoted to the Marketing and Development Coordinator position within the organization. During my 2 years in that role, I learned a great deal about marketing, fundraising, and social media management. I was fortunate enough to have the freedom to learn and teach myself countless skills I still use today. So, you may be wondering why I would leave such a great position that I worked so hard to get? The bottom line is that an opportunity presented itself for me to create a business of my own. While I know that my efforts in the Development Department helped the individuals we served, I was missing that direct connection.
Now, I am fortunate enough to work with small business owners who are doing amazing things in our community. I love getting to see their growth and the impact my services make on their organizations. So, although my journey has been different than you would expect, I would not change a thing, and I know I am where I should be.