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Success Story: Applying the Skills

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How does it feel to tell a potential job that, no, you can’t make it to an in-person interview because you currently live out of a suitcase and are 3,000 miles away? How does it feel to have a favorite breakfast joint at the good ole’ Chicago O’Hare International Airport? How does it feel to say you’ve tried 32 university’s “BEST. PIZZA. EVER!?”

It’s quite odd. Well, odd isn’t the word. It’s quite … once in a lifetime. The Leadership Consultant experience is unlike any first-year job you can acquire. You’re fresh out of your active years as a Kappa — full of date parties, Homecoming, and late-night movie-watch parties at the chapter house. All of a sudden, things like “full-time job” and “insurance” and “retirement funds” start popping into conversations with your parents, teachers and even friends. Cue emotional freak out.

Maybe you want to try life in a suitcase. Maybe you feel you’ve got much more to give to our incredible sisterhood. Maybe you’ve met a Leadership Consultant in the past who taught you a lot about life and you want to see just how she did it. For me, it was all of the above as well as an untamable desire to simply do something crazy.

Fast forward 15 months, 39,876 miles, 28 states and a few too many wears of a jean jacket and here I sit in the real world with a real closet and an actual city to call home. I now understand that serving as a Leadership Consultant for Kappa Kappa Gamma was the best real-world training I could have asked for.  Yes, others will call you a full-time sorority girl and you may get sick of Recruitment by your eighth school, but learning to handle 10 reports at a time, manage a corporate credit card, and work with just about any personality you could possibly imagine gives you the skills, knowledge, and most of all, flexibility to take on the real world with grace, charm and the Kappa class we all so dearly love.

Why apply to be a Leadership Consultant? Because as your friends jump into 9–5 desk jobs, you take weekend trips to Boston and then spend a week at a beautiful New England school. You learn about their culture and problem-solve some of life’s biggest issues. In the end, you become more of an adult and leader than you ever thought you could be. As you make a year-long transition into the real world, you learn what it means to be an independent adult and what it is like to work with a variety of personalities. Juggling new names, issues and reports weekly — yes, that is what we’re doing as we type away furiously after your meeting — is challenging, stressful and requires a lot more attention than any Chapter Council position or campus leadership role I took on in my college years. But in the end, a joyous Bid Day, successful Initiation or even — dare I say it — smooth election process and the Kappa pride that comes with it allows you to see our organization in a whole new light. Your purpose as a leader in the real world is validated. The free campus food, airplane miles and incredible Instagram follower gain are just added perks.

Another thing that a lot of Kappa’s don’t realize? You’ve got a team behind you that is there when you break down at 4 a.m. over broken clickers or when you just really need a Galentine’s Day weekend in Denver. My teammates are my best friends and you better bet we are scraping by through the real world together.

This is all to say that if you have ever had an interest in communication, leadership, trying new foods, problem-solving, higher education, team-building, sprinting through airports, Kappa Kappa Gamma, seeing the United States and Canada, or truly learning what it means to trim down your closet, serving as a Leadership Consultant could be the perfect fit for you. By the 2016 General Convention, each member of the 2015–2016 Leadership Consultant Team was either employed full-time or headed to graduate school. Most importantly, we had each grown enormously in our presentation, people, and crisis-management skills.

This job is an asset that I use daily in the real world. Ask the teacher, the law student, the filmmaker, the recruiter or any of the other positions that my incredible team ended up in and they will tell you the same. If you have the energy, curiosity and go-get-‘em attitude to see the world in just a wee-bit bigger way, I highly encourage you to take the chance and apply! Life will be there when it’s over. The chance to gain a lifetime of experience in just 10 crazy, sleepless and ultra-amazing months will not. 

Carly Wooldridge Carly Wooldridge, Missouri, was a 2015–2016 Leadership Consultant. Interested in joining our Field Representative team? Find out more by visiting www.kappa.org/field_representatives today!

Posted by Blog Admin at 10/28/2016 02:21:18 PM | 

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