1. Tell us a bit about yourself
Hi, I’m Stephanie! I have technology experience in the automotive, financial and education industries. I studied Information Systems Management, which is the study of people, technology, and organizations. I chose this path because, for as long as I can remember, I have always had a passion for technology and how it can improve people's lives. While balancing work, family life and owning a business, I regularly take part in community service and cultural organizations such as Umu Igbo Unite, Forgotten Harvest, Race for the Cure, and more.
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
My first job was a cashier at a major gas station chain, Speedway. I started working there at the age of 18 and had worked my way to management in just 4 months. Unfortunately, I wanted to focus on school, so I had to resign from the position.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
Throughout college the early stages of my career, I became so passionate about helping my friends and family secure jobs that they enjoyed, this propelled me into starting my own business, Make IT Happen. Because of my love for technology, however, I had to integrate that into my service offerings. So, in addition to career services, MIH also provides Information Technology consulting services, thus Make “IT” Happen!
I have always been in love with computers and all things techy! I loved fixing things and seeing how easy technology could make my life. I had worked in different technical support roles at companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Yazaki, and Wayne State University. I decided to work in IT project management because it gave me the opportunity to work behind the scenes and deliver high impact solutions from start to finish, which I find so fulfilling.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
The best career advice I have ever received was, planned career advancement is not job-hopping. So essentially, developing a professional growth plan and making career moves to meet that plan is perfectly ok, and not something to feel bad about.
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
In 5 years, professionally, I am hoping to be in senior leadership, if not a full-time entrepreneur. I enjoy coaching and developing people as well as creating a high-level strategy. Personally, I hope to be living somewhere warmer than Michigan.
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