Speaker: Cameryn Mitchell, Career Coach & Talent Development Professional
Cameryn Mitchell: Hi Guys, my name is Cameryn Mitchell, I am 24 years old and I live in South Carolina. I am a career coach and talent development professional.
What kind of student were you in high school? How did you decide on your career path?
Cameryn Mitchell: In high school, I had no idea what I wanted to be. I was a really good student, always had good grades. I was in marching band, specifically color guard, so I've always loved creativity and teamwork. And even though I didn't know what I wanted to do in my career, I knew I wanted it to involve those two things.
What professional mistake(s) did you learn most from?
Cameryn Mitchell: One mistake I made in my early career was that I knew what I wanted to be. I knew what I wanted to do. I did not know the type of organization that I wanted to work in. I was not thinking through that I want to work in a small or large organization that I want to be really collaborative with my teammates. So those are some of the things that if I would have thought about a little more, I probably would have been a little more strategic in my job search.
Was there student question on CareerVillage.org that stood out to you?
Cameryn Mitchell: The question that I got was what is one way to build a strong but flexible career path, and I think the best way to do that is to understand what your transferable skills are. So understand what skills do you have that can transfer into different industries, different organizations, that's going to allow you to be really great at something, but be able to use it in a lot of different areas.
Cameryn's Professional Tip
Cameryn Mitchell: The best way to advocate for yourself when it comes to promotions is to keep track of all the things that you have been doing within your job to prepare you for that promotion. So if you worked on a big project, make sure you're documenting what the issue was, how you were able to solve it and what the outcome was for the business. That's probably one of the best ways to show value and show that you're qualified to take on this next level of responsibility.