Top 5 Strengths

  • Discipline
  • Achiever
  • Analytical
  • Strategic
  • Responsibility

JESSICA KOCIK

In high school, I wanted to be a journalist. I wrote for our high school newspaper and worked on our yearbook staff. Once I got to college and joined the university’s newspaper, I discovered I didn’t like being assigned news stories I wasn’t interested in, and I wasn’t willing to push through to get where I wanted. The rest of my friends were going to be teachers—seemed perfect. We’d all be in the program the same amount of time; we’d all have the same grown-up job; and I enjoyed babysitting, so why wouldn’t I enjoy teaching? Yet, I never saw myself as a teacher.

Many years and many college credit hours later, it was the summer before my student teaching would start. Most of my previous summers while in college had been spent working in after-school child care and as a camp counselor. I wanted to do something else for the summer before I committed the rest of my life to teaching. That’s when I ended up at the front desk of Brown & DeLine.

It was only supposed to be a job to get me through until I graduated. That was many, many years ago, and I’m still here. After realizing that I absolutely loved the industry and the business, I finished my college program as quickly and as simply as I could, and enrolled in cosmetology school. I had found my niche, and to this day I couldn’t be happier with my career choice.

Best industry/life advice:

When faced with a lot to do, make lists. You’ll stay organized, and crossing items off as you go is very motivating and rewarding.

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