We are the authors of Innovate Your Career: Become Indispensable. Hope you find the practical strategies we share useful for your career toolkit to become indispensable and have a fulfilling career.
Enjoy the journey!
Victoria & Mildred
Some people are naturally confident. However, career confidence, the sort of confidence that undergirds success, is not simply self-confidence. It is a sense of purpose, passion, and an awareness of your value.
Our core values are like a compass. They align us to our true north. Knowing your values is critical. Sometimes, all it takes is one good decision to catapult you to the next milestone in your career journey.
Becoming indispensable cannot happen overnight. It takes sweat, determination, and smart work to convert a dream into reality. If you believe anything is worth your time, you will invest the required effort to get it.
There are several misconceptions about networking. It is really all about building professional connections - relationships that have mutual trust and goodwill. It has a give-and-take dynamic. We call this process of building relationships "growing your tribe."
Unfortunately, the world is not a perfect place.
So what are you going to do about that in your drive to become indispensable? Knowing your obstacles is one thing; more important is knowing how to tackle them in your career journey.
The concept of Pay it forward is based on the fact that you are where you are today, not simply because of the efforts you have made. It is about influencing and supporting others to achieve their potential. When someone invests in your career by doing something for you, rather than paying that person back directly, pay it forward by helping someone else.
Victoria Okotie is the Director of Kevin Mitch Group, an advanced analytics consulting company that creates customized data-driven solutions for businesses. Her global engineering experience from Fortune 500 companies fuels her passion for professional development. Victoria is also co-founder and President of TorchPoint, an advocate for diversity in leadership. She received her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a master's degree in Data Science from Texas Tech University. Victoria also holds an Executive MBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology. Her doctorate program at Concordia University Chicago focuses her specialization on Strategic Leadership and Innovation. Victoria lives in Houston with her husband and two kids, and they enjoy traveling and game nights.
Mildred Mabirizi is a transformational leader with extensive years of experience in the oil and gas industry. She is the co-founder of TorchPoint and an Electrical engineer by discipline. In her professional career, she advises executive leaders on how to deliver their business strategy. As a powerful force in the workplace, Mildred uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to support others to reach their full potential. Mildred is an alumnus of Colorado School of Mines. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids and loves running, baking, and volunteering.