"It clicked for me personally when I saw I could provide professional coaching at OMD to those who may not otherwise have access to it."
-Gary Sutton, OMD Coach
Each month, coaches submit a brief activity report to OMD staff to relay how their relationships with their scholars are progressing. Find a collection of excerpts from these reports below to learn more about what your experience could look like next year.
"My scholar remains very focused and determined to accomplish his goals this semester and his ultimate goal of becoming a doctor. He feels good about his progress and has a clear plan for his future. He did a great job on rehearsing his "elevator pitch". He's an inspiring young man and even encouraged me to go on and pursue a PhD!"
"During my visit with my scholar we were able to complete her registration at Governor's State University. We also discussed a plan for her employment opportunities (with being in school full-time) and discussed how she can find housing for her and her kids this semester."
"My scholar and I met for coffee last week at Malcolm X (so convenient for me to walk over from Rush!). I was impressed with how well she is able to balance numerous requirements of school, working, and other activities (applying for scholarships, conducting interviews, etc), though she acknowledged that it can be stressful at times."
"My scholar and I continue to have a very engaged relationship that reflects deep levels of trust and fondness. This month we met outside of the OMD session to talk about her post graduation plans. She would like to transfer to a 4 year college. We set up a spreadsheet for her to track information about potential schools and did some web research to explore programs of interest."
"My scholar is doing very well and highly motivated to complete the OMD work - last session he was proud of the resume you all had worked on together and was interested to learn more about interviewing and best practices. I continue to be impressed with my scholar and am confident he will continue to succeed in the program."
Still want to dig a bit deeper to imagine yourself as an OMD Coach next year? Check out this Coach/Scholar spotlight featuring Ashanti Buie, a first-year OMD Scholar studying Media Communications at Kennedy-King College, and her coach Kelly Dougan, a Senior Marketing Effectiveness Consultant at Baker Tilly.
Ashanti is looking at career options in communications. She is working as an OMD Ambassador to help sharpen her skills and wanted to explore other opportunities in communication. Her coach, Kelly, recently started her job at Baker Tilly but didn’t want to deny Ashanti an opportunity to experience what a real office setting is like. “My job has shifted and I am still learning the ropes and knew that wouldn’t help Ashanti learn much,” Kelly explained. “I did want her to see what opportunities and office settings could exist for her even though I am still getting adjusted to my new role.”
Still getting her feet wet, Kelly decided to call on her sister, a Senior Consultant with the ROC Group, an organizational communications firm that helps employees and leadership understand, accept, and act on change. “I knew my sister would not only be willing to show Ashanti around but it would allow us to talk to her about the things about our jobs that we like. We also wanted to share how we get through some of the challenges we face in communications and marketing. I told Ashanti to prepare for the afternoon, and could tell she did a lot of research. She really asked tough questions about how we shape our day and our careers.”
Ashanti got a tour of the ROC Group office and a “lunch and learn” session with the sisters to learn more about different types of communication roles. Ashanti really enjoyed the experience, “I was so grateful to be invited and was inspired by the work she does! Both of these women have incredible careers in my field of study and it is so motivational to get a glimpse into what my future could possibly look like!”
Kelly and Ashanti stay well connected through text message and emails through the week but also plan other “field trip” type activities. They have grabbed coffee, worked out together and are planning on taking a women’s self-defense class in April. “We really have connected through doing things that allow us to talk in different settings. We have great discussions during these activities and really work through challenges together. It is amazing what a change of scenery can do!” adds Kelly.