Outside your comfort zone
Jamie Mathews-Mead, senior director of Graduate Career Management at Fisher College of Business, shares advice on being your own career coach.
Jamie Mathews-Mead, a 2016 Ohio State Glass Breaker, believes in being ready for that next opportunity — whether a new project, committee assignment or higher position — and is known throughout campus for her willingness to share expertise on leadership, professional development and career management.
This year, the President and Provost’s Council on Women recognizes five faculty and staff members whose efforts have improved workplace culture for women at Ohio State: They are Ohio State Glass Breakers.
Buckeye Voices presents question-and-answer interviews with each extraordinary honoree. Jamie Mathews-Mead, senior director of Graduate Career Management and a certified career coach, oversees the planning, programming and career coaching for Fisher College of Business graduate students.
Q: What advice do you have for other women seeking leadership roles? What challenges have you faced?
A: If you are a woman interested in seeking leadership roles, I would highly recommend actively seeking opportunities to network and get involved outside your formal role at the university.
I would suggest proactively getting involved on committees, task forces and/or other initiatives that you are passionate about that will help elevate you as a leader, allow for continued skill development, and facilitate the purposeful and strategic building of your brand.
As you are doing this on your own behalf, do your best to support other women and/or create opportunities for others to be successful as well.
Q: What tips would you offer women on being their own career coach and advocate?
A: Intentionally create a professional and personal network of friends, colleagues and advisors who can help support you with career coaching, perspective, advice and guidance so that you can be your best advocate.
Know that you are accountable for your own success and managing your own career – and, in addition, I would highly recommend navigating career decisions with others (those you trust and respect) who can lend objective support and guidance along the way. Be true to who you are and purposefully seek out opportunities to build your leadership capabilities.
Always have an updated resume, always be looking for (and be open to) potential new opportunities (whether projects, a committee assignment, actual open positions) and pursue career opportunities even if you believe you do not meet all the requirements. Put yourself out there and challenge yourself, even when it might feel uncomfortable doing so. You can do it!
Q: What’s next for you?
A: I’ve been thinking a lot about this question lately — and the next step professionally for me will likely involve continuing my professional life and career at Ohio State.
I believe in Ohio State, its mission and the important role our university plays nationally and internationally. I believe in, and am passionate about, working for an organization that promotes education, research and innovation within the context of supporting, mentoring and teaching our future leaders. I continue to be passionate about working with students in the area of career management and expanding my continued interest in women’s leadership, staff advocacy and community outreach and engagement.
I have two daughters; one who has completed her freshman year at Ohio State main campus (… and loved it, by the way!) and a rising junior at Upper Arlington High School. Both are very active as they continue with their own personal and professional journeys, developing their own unique interests, talents and future.
With that in mind, my husband and I are continuing to think of our own next steps in our life journey together — and spending more time at the ocean is a reoccurring theme!
Read more about Jamie Mathews-Mead's career path to the leadership position she holds.