Throughout my life, I continually find myself in positions of leadership and training. Thankfully it is something that I enjoy, and do not fight it. To help strengthen my abilities, I am working on my BC Provincial Instructor Diploma through Vancouver Community College, and am almost finished!
I worked for 8.5 years with Starbucks, starting as a barista, and worked my way up to a store manager within my first 2 years. I excelled in my role, and took on additional responsibilities within the learning and development side with our regional offices. I was a CF, a ACF, and an MCM. A CF is a classroom facilitator, teaching classes to newly hired baristas and shifty supervisors. An ACF is an advanced classroom facilitor, teaching classes at the management level. An MCM is a Manager Coach Mentor, working with newly hired external managers tio teach them all the skills needed to be a successful manager within Starbucks. I loved this added responsibilities, and look back at this as a highlight of my career with them.
8.5 is a long time to be in one career these days, and I was looking for the opportunity to be stretched in a new role with a new company. Now I work for West Elm, which is a furniture and home décor retailer from Brooklyn. We are a sister brand to the Pottery Barn family of stores, and Williams-Sonoma. I am a part of the management team as the Operations Manager. This seems like a far stretch from teaching, bnut there is a lot of training and teaching moments involved. Also, it is a great job to give me more experience while I finish my PIDP program.
I do not yet know where I want to go after this program has finished. There are so many options in front of me, and it is an exciting, (although at times frustrating) place to be! I am thankful for the opportunities to learn and grow, and am thankful that I am in a place where I can still help others learn and grow.
This blog will help me capture thoughts and resources for instructional strategies. Some will be classroom based, many will be corporate based, as that is my current life. I hope you enjoy, and will find some inspiration along the way.