BN360 Spotlight Series: getting a fiery start to a new job

Of the many tips that have helped me grow in my career, there are three that stand out:

  1. Have an ethic of service to others.
  2. Pursue your passions.
  3. Persevere through tough times.

After graduating from the University at Buffalo, I served as a Buffalo AmeriCorps member through the Corporation for National and Community Service at The Belle Center. Service to others is a passion of mine and through serving the community, I worked my way up from a volunteer to a senior level position doing marketing and operations.

My past and present professional experiences, in what are still the inchoate stages of my career, have propelled me to new levels of success.

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BN360’s December Spotlight Professional: Callie Johnson

This past summer, I was presented with an opportunity at the preeminent leadership organization for girls, the Girl Scouts of Western New York.

As the Vice President of Marketing, I get to utilize my skills in our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

In early August, after a month into my new role at GSWNY, I found out the true meaning of “Getting a fiery start to a new job.”

I found myself in an unimaginable situation when I awoke on the morning of August 5, 2014 by a loud, explosive noise. What I thought at first was a train turned out to be a house fire; my address was one in a series of fires set that morning by an arsonist in the Tonawandas.

Instantly, the fire changed my life forever. By God’s grace, I made it out alive and unscathed on the surface. However, my first apartment (208 Goundry St. in North Tonawanda,) a place that I called home for more than five years, was gone and with it went all of my possessions.

The same day of the fire, I placed recovery at the top of my agenda and it happened swiftly. The fast resurgence that I experienced happened because of my faith, and the love and support of all those around me.

So, if you’re starting a new job and/or embarking upon a new endeavor, remember my three tips.

Life is unpredictable; it’s important to value and live life to the fullest by using every experience as an opportunity to learn and grow into a better person.

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