Career Services: The ladder of success
Editor’s note: Michelle Jones, Career IMPACT Center coordinator and a Grand Canyon University alumna, shares how humility, building positive relationships and being open to God’s plans have helped her grow throughout her career.
By Michelle Jones
Career IMPACT Center
The Bible encourages individuals to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt them in due time (1 Peter 5:6). I can honestly say that I have experienced this throughout my work history and learned that good things comes to those who wait.
New graduates often expect to land in the “perfect” position following college. However, it is important to be open to getting your foot in the door, doing a great job in your current role and allowing God to lead you in your desired career path.
It was my goal to work my way up the ladder, and I started seeing my efforts pay off when I landed a position as a cashier. Though it wasn’t exactly what I wanted at that time, I gave my team 110 percent. As a result of my work ethic and positive attitude, I was offered a promotion to a staff trainer position, where I was responsible for hiring and training more than 600 student workers!
While in the new role, I built relationships with many of the supervisors and directors from departments all over campus. One of those supervisors I worked closely with was a hiring manager for the Career IMPACT Center, which offered me my current position.
When I look back at my career at GCU, I truly thank God for giving me the wisdom to stay humble in each of my positions and learn that sometimes it takes a few steps to get to where you want to be in your career path. It’s important to allow God to guide you and to be thankful for each step in the process.
The GCU Career IMPACT Center is here to help you navigate your career! Visit www.gcu.edu/careerservices to utilize any of our online tools to identify your career path, build your resume, research career options or apply to current job postings! Employers are encouraged to apply for a Career Connections account to post jobs and/or internships for GCU students and alumni.