1. Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Shimika, I am 36 years old and I am originally from Hartford CT, born and raised. I am a Certified Career Coach and Professional Development Expert. In 2016, After 10 years of working in financial services, I decided to merge my experiences and philanthropic calling to help others reach their personal financial and career goals. I began a career in the workforce development field where I quickly excelled due to my passion to see others succeed professionally. Not wanting to keep the secrets of financial success to myself, I decided to become a Volunteer Financial Coach with Connecticut Association for Human Services in Hartford CT where I offered one on one financial coaching services and workshops within the Hartford and New Haven counties.
Now residing in West Haven CT, I am mostly known for my work with Greater Hartford’s youth and I mostly dedicate my time to helping those that desire personal/professional growth and financial security. I recently transitioned into Human Resources so I can continue on the path to Diversity and Inclusion within the workforce. While working in workforce development, I discovered my passion to inspire women and transform lives, so in February 2020, I published my first 30 Day Guided Journal, "Beautiful Beginnings", a personal development tool I created to help women of all ages discover their self worth and fall in love with themselves. I also launched my professional blog “The Corporate Black Girl” that offers free advice, success stories, and career coaching services.
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
If we are speaking professionally, I would say my first job was when I worked at Bank of America as a Senior Bank Teller. I was working as a manager at Radio Shack in 2006 and I had an employee with whom I had become good friends with. She left for a better opportunity and told me about an open house that was happening at Bank of America in Downtown Hartford CT. I remember going straight to the open house right after work. I went in, put my best face on and got hired on the spot!
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
Starting at Bank of America led to a long 10 year stretch in banking. I had a good stretch as I worked in a couple of institutions, got promoted a few times and a learned A LOT about how to save money, how the banks operate and building financial wealth for my family. But after a while I was over it, I wanted to do something more fulfilling, I wanted to ensure I was making a difference in people's lives. When I finally realized I loved training and development, I began to look into the education system-counseling, mentoring, career coaching etc. Finally, I landed a job at Job Corps as an Administrative Assistant in the Career Transition Department (support the students with job searching). I took a $6 pay cut, but it ultimately led me to where I am today! I now work in Human Resources. I oversee the Recruitment Department/Operations.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
The advice I would give my younger self is "Life is not a speed race, it's a marathon."
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
Professionally I hope that The Corporate Black Girl will be a known name. I will be advocating for Diversity and Inclusion and inspiring all women of color. I also would like to work in the politics side of Workforce Development in Urban Communities. Personally, I hope to continue to transform lives.
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30 Day Journal: https://amzn.to/3coCneL