Maya Pope-Chappell Hosts LinkedIn Video Series “How I Got Here”

LinkedIn Senior Editor Maya Pope-Chappell, host of “How I Got Here”

Anybody who’s joined the workforce or is on an entrepreneurial journey knows how winding profession paths may be. Simply once you assume you’ve got your profession path found out and planned to a tee, you uncover a new space you hadn’t considered before. You marvel if the newly discovered profession concept can be a better fit on your interests and talent set. You then’re back to square one: questioning what path to take next.

In response to Chron’s website, selecting a career path ought to involve “examining your interests, focusing your search, evaluating your preparedness, exploring different careers.” But for some, this is simpler stated than completed.

LinkedIn video collection, “How I Got Here,” hosted by LinkedIn senior editor Maya Pope-Chappell, addresses this situation and explores the stories of people that’ve discovered themselves questioning their profession success in relation to others’ success.

We caught up with Pope-Chappell just lately to talk concerning the collection in addition to her personal career path. What inspired you to create “How I Got Here”?

Maya Pope-Chappell: I’ve all the time been fascinated by the profession journeys and stories of profitable individuals. As an formidable individual myself, I just needed to understand how individuals acquired to where they are and the widespread threads that related their stories. I needed to try this on LinkedIn, the place individuals, especially college students and young professionals, try to determine what they need to do and the way to get there. And that’s the objective of the collection, to spotlight the numerous blueprints for profession success in a method that evokes individuals. What do you hope individuals will take away from the collection?

Maya Pope-Chappell: I want them to observe these movies and be inspired. I need them to be motivated to behave–take something they’ve heard and incorporate it into their own life and career, whether or not it’s constructing relationships, in search of out or taking a chance on a brand new opportunity, gaining extra perception right into a area they’re involved in and so on. I additionally need these movies to assist students and young professionals particularly overcome worry and doubt by sharing the numerous stories of achievers from numerous industries and backgrounds, individuals I assume young individuals can relate to and/or see themselves in or aspire to grow to be. What do you assume individuals get incorrect in their strategy to profession planning?

Maya Pope-Chappell: Individuals are typically inflexible of their strategy to profession planning. I assume it’s essential to have a plan and create an inventory of objectives, however it’s just as necessary to be flexible and have a willingness to regulate these plans as life and alternative happens. One thing I’ve observed within the tales of the individuals I’ve interviewed for #HowIGotHere is that these are individuals who were not afraid to deviate from their meant career paths. These are people who took possibilities, even when the result or where they have been headed wasn’t clear. I’ve additionally skilled that in my very own profession journey. When I initially moved to NYC to attend graduate faculty for journalism, I initially need to be a magazine author, as a result of I beloved long-form storytelling and options. However I utterly upended these plans, partly out of necessity (it was 2008 when the business was in freefall with newspapers have been laying off tons of employees and magazines have been getting thinner and thinner), however mainly out of an interest that emerged in on-line/digital storytelling and video, which I was exposed to and educated in in grad faculty. And that’s the place I’ve remained since then–working online, telling stories for digital audiences, figuring out and creating strategies around how individuals interact and create group on the Web and so forth. Inform me a bit about your personal career path? How did you get here?

Maya Pope-Chappell: I realized I needed to turn out to be a journalist in school after Freshman yr when a professor informed me I was a great author and instructed I write for the school newspaper. I ended up applying and turning into the campus reporter, and my love of storytelling–interviewing individuals, writing articles and so on–actually started there. I was in a program referred to as INROADS at the time, so I was interning at Kaiser Permanente where I ended up working after graduation. It wasn’t precisely what I needed to do, however it enabled me to economize so I might transfer to NYC and achieve my aim of turning into a journalist. Whereas working there, and whilst an intern, I took every opportunity to study and achieve experience in writing and journalism, whether or not it was connecting with other writers or writing blog posts and articles online. I figured one of the simplest ways to interrupt into the business was via attending graduate faculty, so I ended up going to CUNY Graduate Faculty of Journalism (now often known as the Craig Newmark Faculty of Journalism). I figured it will be a good way to satisfy individuals and get some real experience underneath my belt. (I didn’t know anybody previous to shifting to NYC and I wasn’t related to anyone who was working within the business there).

After graduating with my grasp’s in journalism, having held a number of internships and increasing my community, I landed a task on the WSJ, the place I began work on the Larger New York part as an internet producer. (That part of the paper not exists). From there I acquired a collection of promotions and opportunities, together with the prospect to move to Hong Kong, the place I labored first as a web-based news editor and later as the primary social media editor for Asia. In that position I was capable of help set the technique for a way the Journal would interact members by way of social media. I also led the corporate’s effort to create a presence on WeChat and Line, that are common social media platforms in Asia. After almost five years, I ended up at LinkedIn the place I’ve been for the previous four-and-a-half years. When I joined LinkedIn, I oversaw our schooling vertical, not solely working with larger schooling professionals (school presidents, professors, deans and so forth) to tell their tales and share their experience, however I also worked with college students to assist amplify their voices on the platform. I did this by means of launching the Campus Editor Program in 2015 and creating the #StudentVoices initiative, which continues to today.

Right now, I’m hosting the LinkedIn video collection, #HowIGotHere, along with creating and implementing methods round how the editorial group engages members and help them to create lively communities on the platform. How do you outline success?

Maya Pope-Chappell: Success to me is self-fulfillment. For me personally, that self achievement—in the context of labor—comes from doing something I take pleasure in that has a objective–and allows me to make a dwelling. What have you ever discovered that, perhaps, you didn’t know 5 years in the past?

Maya Pope-Chappell: I’ve discovered quite a bit concerning the tech world, from how products are developed to how they’re scaled. I’ve additionally discovered lots about working cross-functionally with partners, from engineers and product managers, to advertising and enterprise improvement. Within the newsroom, I spoke primarily to reporters and editors. However when I started at LinkedIn, I had to discover ways to work with, for instance, product managers and engineers. I had to study their language and work out methods by which my objectives aligned with theirs. I assume it’s good for the soul to stop and assess one’s career sometimes to ensure you’re on monitor by checking off any To Do lists you’ve made when it comes to career planning. Do you agree, or do you assume it’s higher to launch full steam ahead and take opportunities as they arrive, even when they’re not what you had planned? In different words, reside within the second and check out something out that perhaps you had not thought of.

Maya Pope-Chappell: I totally agree with you. It’s good to stop and assess your career and verify in on what you’ve completed and your objectives. I considering taking breathers are a very good thing. I additionally assume it’s essential to know that you may not all the time be on the ascend, that there will probably be occasions in your profession where you’re building, or resetting or just making a collection of lateral moves. However I assume it’s necessary to stay open to alternatives which will come or try out belongings you hadn’t thought of. Personally, I’m a planner, however I depart room for issues to emerge organically. Do the episodes lean in the direction of individuals who’ve had non-traditional career journeys or conventional ones? Or will viewers see a mixture of both?

Maya Pope-Chappell: I function people who have unique tales to inform about how they received to the place they are–and that’s sometimes people who have non-traditional profession journeys or have taken unconventional paths to get to where they are. I just discover those tales more fascinating. And I assume they are additionally extra consultant of the place work is headed. The future of work will embrace extra individuals who have a number of gigs; individuals with aspect hustles; or individuals who shift roles and even industries more typically…and I need to capture that. What’s next for you? Any brief to long term career objectives?

Maya Pope-Chappell: I love storytelling, so I’d need whatever I do in the brief or long run to incorporate some facet of that. Sooner or later in my life, I’d love to make documentaries, but I’m open to new mediums that haven’t even been created yet. Somebody I really admire proper now and draw inspiration from is Ava Duvernay. I love the numerous nature of her work and the kinds of stories she tells. I assume she’s very authentic and captures individuals and story very properly. And that’s what I need to do. I need to be recognized for that.

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