Rejection to Redirection: How to Use Passion Projects to Gain The Experience You Need for Your Career Pivot

Calicia Johnson
Calicia Johnson
Rejection to Redirection: How to Use Passion Projects to Gain The Experience You Need for Your Career Pivot

Have you tried to turn your passion into a career? Did you land an interview but they told you someone else was selected because their experience was better suited for the role? Don’t worry, I have a solution! Even though I have a masters degree in mechanical engineering, I absolutely...

Have you tried to turn your passion into a career? Did you land an interview but they told you someone else was selected because their experience was better suited for the role? Don’t worry, I have a solution! Even though I have a masters degree in mechanical engineering, I absolutely love recruiting and developing student programs! It's become my passion. Since I’m unable to gain experience with my full-time role, I’ve managed to find volunteer opportunities at work and create a passion project on the side to enhance my experience and skill set. When you aren’t given the opportunity... create one yourself!

In this chat, I want you to walk away with:

  • How to leverage your current role to support your passion
  • Tips on how to create passion projects to gain experience needed to land your dream job

Meet The Speaker

Calicia Johnson
Calicia Johnson

Calicia Johnson is a Strategy and Development Manager at Chevron, where she also volunteers to serve as the Engineering Recruiting Team Lead for various universities and diversity conferences. She is the founder of Student Career Studio, a nonprofit organization designed to be a one stop shop for students to have access to scholarships, internships and leadership opportunities.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Calicia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida A&M University and her Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University.

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