BY TIFFANY JOHNSON
Scouts honor. I’m so happy that I can finally say these words and they have an ounce of legitimacy! I never was a girl scout as a child, though it was my first full time job (with benefits). Happy Girl Scout Week! This week just so happens to fall within Women’s History Month, and I think it’s important to recognize the power that is Girl Scouts. The organization is so much more than having girls sell cookies during the winter, though that skill is nothing to be discounted. The act of initiating a sale takes courage and confidence, and requires girls to formulate public speaking skills at a young age.
I remember having worked for the organization and being out and about, off work, and people would ask where I worked, and wanted to learn more about my profession. I would mention Girl Scouts, and then be told stories about people’s favorite Girl Scout memories as a child. When asked if I was a Girl Scout during my youth, I’d respond honestly and mention that I had not, though I’d always appreciated and respected the organization and would have loved to have participated. I remember someone saying, “you weren’t a girl scout as a child, I’m surprised they hired you.”
Though, I wasn’t surprised. I’m driven, educated, and enjoy engaging with people. There seems to be a myth or a strong belief in the professional world, that in order to excel it is necessary to have done a certain job previously. Of course, when hiring it is nice to have a track record of someone doing a job with a particular set of skills which provides a better idea as to how he or she may perform in that role. However, that isn’t always the case nor is it always necessary. As a Charlotte native, I take a sense of pride in knowing that I can contribute to my community, through any capacity.
I was determined to learn about the history and culture of Girl Scouts, and loved connecting with volunteers and seeing their pride shine through their service. Actually, at the time I transitioned out of that role, I had the top recruitment rate for the organization, having recruited the most troops and girls to join scouts. A prime example of why companies should invest in people. I truly believe the drive of a person is what will allow for him or her to thrive in a role, contrary to popular belief. That drive will determine the person’s ability to learn the skill, and enhance their field.
If the drive is there, especially paired with an education, companies shouldn’t be afraid to take a chance on those who are looking to break into a new role or career field. In fact, leadership may be surprised at the fresh ideas the new hires bring to the company that will allow for their team to ascend and be more competitive in today’s economy.
My career with Girl Scouts allowed for me to enhance my skills in public speaking, marketing, volunteer management, community engagement, recruiting, and customer resource management all the while providing a flexible schedule with the ability to work from remotely full-time.
Thank you, Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council!
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