1. Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Simone Morris and I am a career coach, trainer and speaker. I specialize in career advancement and inclusive leadership. Essentially I’m passionate about teaching women how to take charge of their careers (#ownyourcareer) and I’m passionate about all things inclusion (#inclusionmatters). I’ve been in business for almost 5 years. It has been a journey and I’ve grown tremendously and learned something new each year in business.
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
I had to think long and hard on whether you meant my first ever job. If that’s the case, it was at a library. I was filing cards. I had no vision that I would be where I am today. If It’s after college, then it was temping as an Executive Assistant for a year. I was a bit miffed because I thought I was the cat’s meow once I got my degree. Then I landed a Customer Service Rep job. Each of these moves took me further and further away from what I went to college for. It’s been a journey.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
I think God had a plan for me. I spent a great deal of time in Corporate America finding myself. I knew that I wasn’t totally fulfilled and I was seeking more so I took a sabbatical. I was scared and so I went back after my time was up. Then God intervened again and I had a medical leave. I went back and the next time, positions changed and I had an opportunity to exit Corporate America and I took it. It wasn’t smooth sailing because I had to figure out if I truly wanted to be an entrepreneur. It’s hard work and sometimes it’s just easier to have someone else do all the business development and just collect the check. Less stress. At any rate, I credit my support system by keeping me in the game.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
Allow yourself to take more risk. Say YES to opportunities that scare you. Find yourself a sponsor early in your career. Remember your career is your responsibility.
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
Professionally, I plan to scale my business. It is my intent to be global by that time.
Personally, I plan to work smarter and have a balance so that family are just as important as my career. I plan to see more of the world in 5 years.
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