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Beckfield Means Business
Beckfield Means Business

Season 1, Episode · 1 year ago

Three Keys to Success

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

How to leverage your education and career. 

Welcome to the best field means business podcast. I am your host, Dr Erica Okree in. Today's episode is three keys to success. Today we have a special guest, Miss Kendra Eber. Kendra comes with a long journey of academic excellence. Welcome to the show, Kendra. Thank you, Dr Ok here. I'm really excited to be here. I hope that your future students or individuals just listening to this podcast finds information that will help them elevate their career, as I have wonderful to kids. Will tell us a little about your education and background? Yeah, I let's start with my career. I think that will help past the picture a little bit better for the future students. I was working as a cells rep for atnt. I was making really great money without having a degree, but I started to question what was the next step, like where do I go from here? And one of the...

...options was I could go to a store manager. They made about the same money as that I made as a sales rep, they worked more hours and they had a lot more responsibility and accountability. It's like well, the responsibility to accountability doesn't really bother me. Retail Hours, being there every holiday. That's where I got hummed up. That's like, okay, it's time to look into a different option and I think, well, what am I going to do? All, I have a seales experience, so I started really digging into business programs and I found an associate program that was flexible and allowed me to continue to work while I went to school, and that's where my path really started. Okay, which is great to hear that you start off with an associate degree. Here at Bexfel College we offer an associates degree as well as a bachelors degree and in a lot of our students do ridge into...

...our bachelor's degree program but I think the key to the business and technology program here at Bethfield is that it has a lot of flexibility allows the students to still have work life balance as well as obtain a degree. Would you consider your experience of taking your Socialists Degree in the same capacity? Yeah, I got to tell you I had to have flexibility. I was late to college, I didn't go directly out of high school. I already had responsibilities. I had a house payment, I had a car payment and for me the luxury of just focusing on my education wasn't a possibility and that's the that's the same story that many of our students here at Bexfield College. They come from all walks of life. There the mothers, their father's, their spouses, their significant others, they have you group, they have jobs. They may have started off at one particular college and they didn't feel that they were getting...

...enough or be a fulfilled to they needed a smaller environment, so they chose backfield. So we had the non traditional type student and I think by having you on our podcast today that's going to actually give them a little bit of push to let him know like this is the opportunity of a lifetime, one that they can actually start building their career and moving into the right direction. And so I am so happy that you're here today to share your experiences and help us to be able to connect the dots for those students that may need the help. So you talk about your your experience and you are currently actually obtaining a DDA, so you've actually went from associate's degree to the highest degree ever. So within your career, would you say that the skills that you've learned just within the associate program and your other degrees have actually helped optimate,...

...not to help you to elevate to where you are today successfully, and I know that you have years of experience with operational dental, primatory up Tomology, as well as some office experience and being able to manage big revenues and so forth, which I can is cheer some of that. Yeah, I'll tell you. I think that for me personally, in my experience, for my career, it really was a three point like success, I had to have the education and that's where I started with the associates. I chose a program that allowed me to bridge into a Bachelor's. So much like Backfield, how you have the associates in your students can then go on to get a bachelor's. Your associate's really get your foot in the door. It shows that you have the capacity to learn. You're taking theory and now it's time to apply it into practice. And then it was really building up that experience. So I actually took a lower paying position in the healthcare industry, in the field...

...that I wanted to grow in, and said, okay, where can I sacrifice so that I can get my foot in the door? And that's what it's about, getting your foot in the door to show the experience. I knew I had to drive, I knew I had the grit, I had the education. Now I just had to prove it. I had to show somebody and I took a lower paying position, I got my foot in the door and my career just literally took off. So the possibilities are endless if you have that drive, that grit and you start the foundations appropriately through the education, say based on your education, what skills have you definitely taken into that your career? I know that their skills, such as are hard skills, are soft skills, but typically more of the soft skills need to be more applied into the jeff correct. Yeah, I think so. Skills. I'd say art and Thoft have both been really critical points. So throughout the...

...educational journey you do have to have focus and you have to be able to be detail oriented organized. You have to be able to meet deadlines and multitask. Some of the soft skills that I've learned is communication. I've learned how to apply the theory. So in the academic world we're given the ideal scenario. What I love right now about my Dva is it's not the ideal scenario. So in your associates and your bachelor's and even your masters. They give you a pretty package and they're like this is what the workplace should look like. What is awesome about being the working adult and student is I can take those things and say, Hey, I notice this isn't this doesn't look like it should. How do we get to that kind of ideal? And then when you do problem based learning, you're able to then say, okay, I see a messy problem, I know ideal and now I know the steps...

...to get me there. Yes, and that's a lot of the things that we're doing in our classrooms here at Beckfield College in our business department. We're making the real life experience at the hands and applicable to the student. So the things that they may see in a business environment, we try to paint that picture, whether it's with the case steady or simulation, to show them, okay, this is how you would take the skills that you've learned from this particular topic and make it applicable. And it's not. I believe, like one of my ISMs, are a lot of people think that you have to have a degree to get your career elevated. I believe that the degree is a foundation to be able to show others that you're trainable and, like you said before, you got to be focused on the education. If you focus on the education, then you can skies a limit. But a lot of these jobs want you to have the experience, but they also want you to have the the training behind you, and that means obtaining that degree.

And if you shoot for an associate's degree, always shoot a little bit higher because, as you know, with the way the world in the economy starts to go, some places will say, Oh, you just need a high school diploma, but technically what they're speaking is you need an associate's degree. It actually sets you apart from all the neck for the next competition. So just building that leverage, that competitive advantage for yourself. In Our marketing classes, in our classes that we have here, we go over strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Well, you can look at that in a personal professional level or you can look at you can look at it in a professional level and you can also look at it as being a personal so if you just do that Swat analysis on yourself to find out where your strengths are, and then you can always convert those weaknesses and opportunities and threats into, you know, other avenues to build your and leverage your career. But I guess...

...one of the biggest things just making that connection and making sure you're fulfilled in the position that you actually apply for. Like you said in the beginning, you started off making good money at one particular company, but you knew that there was much more of a drive that you wanted to take, so you took that extra leap. And I think a lot of times people are afraid to take the extra leak, especially if they have to back pedal to get to that position. And I can speak from personal experience. Many Times I've had to take a step back and maybe go below something that I wanted to do in order to get to the higher, higher end of whatever my own goal is. So sometimes you do have to take that extra leap of faith to put yourself up in a higher realm. But you also have to have the clear vision and a mission of why you're here. While you're planning on taking an educational academic journey, and it's not an academic journey is our roller...

...coaster. It has his highs, has his lows. One Minute you're feeling like you're doing the world's greatest you're on point with everything and the life happens and things happen and then that's what discourages us. But I think if you just stay focused and no, keep your eye on the prize, and I know that many of the students here at Backfield, as well as anybody that we encounter, will go far in their career. So we kind of love but what I love about the business degree if you can, you can break into any industry. So I've stayed focused and health care I could drive in, dive into any industry that I wanted because of the curriculum. I understand the components and the concepts. It's just applying that to a different industry. Whenever as adults, I think we do struggle with the change and we build up the skill set. But if you decided, hey, this is the time, I don't love what I do, life is too short not to...

...love what you do. You can utilize this degree and break into any industry. You might take five steps back, but at the end of it you can be ten steps ahead doing something that you love and feeling passionate about and changing the world. Yeah, I mean you're most that you are you've hit the nail on the head. Definitely are. Think a lot of the students, or perspective, future students, when they come into the program a lot of them they start off like I just want to be an entrepreneur. Where you could be an entrepreneur, get the foundation that you need, but also, as you're building on that career, you know, checking out mentors and different organizations where you can actually see and shadow what others are doing. That's going to also help to make sure that you know that you're in the right field. And, like you said, a business degree has many facets. There's different sectors that you can actually use the degree in, and I think...

...that's what a lot of people get home up. Oh it's just a business degree, I can only go into business. Well, they don't realize that healthcare is a business. They don't realize that information technology is a different sector. So all of those are applicable to the degree and is how you apply the knowledge that you've been given into that particular track that you decide to go in. You know, another factor to that a lot of people don't think about is nonprofit. They here nonprofit. Nonprofit is a business. They do have a revenue source. They have to meet revenue goals in order to maintain the services that they're providing to whatever group that they're providing services to. Hospital, There's nonprofit hospital. There's charities like make a wish, so for soil that want to jump into something that is that is more service oriented and more providing back to the communities or back to a specific group of people or whatever.

That looks like. A business degree will help you break into those industries as well. Awesome. Now, what what can you tell a backfield student or future backfield stead on how to make the connection to try all three points of success that you've shared? So I think it starts with identifying what is it that you want to do right kind of where do you want to go? So for me, I wanted to go into some sort of leaderships. I wanted to go into the healthcare industry. I actually decided in dental. My best friend was a dental high genist. She was explaining some of the challenges that her office was facing and I just like I can do that, I can overcome those, but I didn't have the educations. I was like I'm going to get that and I literally went to work for the same company that she did. So I believe it education, experience and then connections. I had to take lower paying job to gain the experience to prove I got what it takes. I cannot just only do this, but now I can do more for your company. Let me show you what all I can do.

And then, once I did that, the connections I don't have sustained my career. Right when an opportunity presents itself that allows me to grow my skill set, I have can actions that are reaching out sing hey, Kendra, I heard your name from Soandso Er. Hey, Kendrad, this individual work with you and they said that you're excellent in folving these types of issues. Do you think you want to come on board to our organization? Yeah, figure, you have hit the nail on the head on so many different points, but I just want to thank you for taking out the time today to have a quick conversation with me in reference on how business, how the business degree can elevate your career, and this will hopefully open up the eyes of students within the program as well as perspective students that wish to be in the business program here at Bethfield College. So there you have it, folks, we had kendred Ebert. She discussed the three points success and I hope that you found this podcast today interesting and relatable and something that you can actually...

...take and put that special nuggets in your head. Signing off with Dr Carry on Betfield means business.

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