Bronco Spotlight: Ciara Coleman

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Master of Public Administration, nonprofit leadership and administration, 2015

Current Job Title:

Program Manager

Current Employer:

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Describe your current job:

As the Program Manager for the Family Economic Security team, I support senior programming staff by coordinating grantmaking activities, processing and tracking programming proposals and grants and collaborating across the organization to facilitate grants management activities. I serve as an internal/external liaison/coordinator for ongoing programming efforts and provide technical assistance and support to grantees and colleagues.

What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is working with so many talented, thoughtful and passionate individuals that really dedicate themselves to improving the lives of vulnerable children.

Which of your skills had the biggest impact on your success?

One of my greatest skills is relationship building. It is the foundation to effective working and personal relationships. Building trust, respect and a good rapport are critical elements to navigating the workforce and workplace.

What advice do you have for students looking for their career after college?

Create a vision board or a career journal that focuses on your professional interests and goals. Document how you want the work you do to have an impact on the lives and communities you wish to serve. Write out your dreams, values and aspirations. Nothing is too small or too big! As you make career choices, ensure that you go back to your vision board or journal and make sure it aligns. Some of this information will change as you grow, but it is a great foundation to build upon as you navigate through life after college.

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