As we all aim to work in jobs across cultures, it is important that I share Melibee Global's IECA culture.
Our culture is:
Informal – although many of us aim to be in academia, which can be more formal, I (Missy) tend to work informally. If we were meeting in person, we’d be wearing jeans or sweatpants – perhaps sitting outside in a circle or inside – maybe even on beanbags. What matters to me is that you show up as you are, not "perform" for what you think I want you to be in this process.
Informative – sometimes people mistake informality and a relaxed environment for not being serious. We are VERY serious in the IECA and the program is highly informative.
Open Hearted - People tend to think from a head centered place in business and work. We focus on both the head and the heart, that is also trusting intuition and knowing that when we think about ALL shareholders in a situation, we do best for everyone involved.
Confidential - The IECA is meant to be a safe and trusting space for all of you. We ask that if you hear anything in this group, that you not share it unless you have the permission of your cohort and alumni. We should not use names when sharing general stories of career paths with others.
Collaborative - Looking for your dream job by networking in a silo is not going to get you far. Think about it as a spider web instead – the more lines and paths you can explore, the better. I encourage each of you to find ways to work together even if it is virtually – whether it is writing joint guest blog posts for int'l ed sites or sharing information that may be of use to the person “sitting” next to you. Collaboration is much more powerful than competition.
Joyful – The career path search is hard enough … if we’re going to do this, we are going to choose to do it with joy. Tears may come from time to time during the job search and that is ok, but whenever possible and appropriate, let’s imagine this as a path that is unexpected with its own set of learning – and joy.
I hope that this culture has you feeling inspired!