Millennial Women Share How Their Faith Has Helped Them Through Their Career
By Khadejah Stegall
Khadejah Stegall is a part of the TLC college ambassador program and a recent college graduate of North Carolina A&T State University.
Anyone has the potential to make a difference at their job by how they treat others and spreading love. Though many people have different beliefs, it is not common to hear women talk about their beliefs at work or hear how women use their faith to get through their career journey. Unemployment, layoffs, and dealing with different personalities at work can really put you at a vulnerable space. We talked to different women from different walks of life about how faith has helped them through their career journey.
On The Power Of Relentlessness
“My journey has taught me the power of relentlessness, to walk by faith and not by sight, and to NEVER doubt my God. My job search has been so trying and a learning lesson; but I believe my opportunity with Revolt came at the perfect time. I was offered a congressional opportunity which was amazing, but I wasn’t passionate about it. I had several conversations with God and trusted His word and didn’t settle. I felt like that was God testing me to see if I was going to fall for anything and I didn’t. I declined the offer and spoke to him that night. Three weeks later, the perfect opportunity found me! “If you’re going to worry, don’t pray. If you’re going to pray, don’t worry”. Life is a game of chess and God always makes your next move your best move as long as you focus on building your relationship with Him and continue to be relentless.”
Alannah S. Covington, Executive Assistant for Revolt Media & TV
On Trusting God’s Plan
“My biggest advice to anyone is to always reach out to others when you need help or when you feel lost because you never know who God can use to speak to you. Have faith that every situation is already resolved in His hands and that He's got a plan for you.
My senior year in college, I thought I had everything figured out. I was expecting to get a position at the place I did my internship at once I graduated. I made all the right connections with the right people and made a great reputation for myself as a serious journalist. Then in my last semester of college, I found out I was expecting a child. I knew after graduation everything would change but nobody prepared me for what would happen next. I knew that becoming a reporter would be out of the question because I would be taking time off immediately after being hired. On top of that, my relationship with my child's father was failing which meant I would have to start looking for government assistance to help take care of me and my daughter because I wasn't financially stable enough on my own. The job I was working at the time was minimum wage and I knew that if I was going to be doing things on my own that I would have to put my dreams of becoming a professional journalist aside for a while and just focus on doing what I can to make ends meet. For a while, honestly, it felt like my world was crashing down and like everything I worked so hard to build was all for nothing. That's when my brother reached out to me and told me to stop looking for answers to my problems in the world and cast all my problems on God. So I did as the word said and humbled myself and began to have faith that everything I was going through was not in vain but in fact God's plan to make me stronger. The first thing I did was found a great job with great benefits to bring me the financial stability I needed. It wasn't exactly what I wanted to do but it allowed me to get back on my feet. Even though externally things were falling in place, I still felt broken internally. That's when I recognized that faith isn't only something you search for when your life is falling apart, but it's something you need to continuously build and hold in your heart to make you feel whole everyday of your life. Once I fully surrendered my life to Christ, a burden was lifted off of me. Blessings began falling down that I didn't even ask for. I began to push myself at work and get promotions that I thought were out of reach. I bought my first home and first car with the help of my family and amazing new people in my life. God began to show me all He could do for me by me just obeying His word and for that I wanted to show him my gratitude by volunteering at church for community service projects and serving as a greeter.”
Lauren Everett, Assistant Manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car
On Serving Your Creator
"I realized that regardless of what I do, my work is about Jesus. God is a God who works. He worked in creation and in salvation. He created me and saved me so that the work I do may tell of His goodness!"
Greta Griswold, College Resident at Mercy Hill Church
“Faith has played a huge role in my career journey. It is the reason why I believe I have made it this far in my career, and I've only been out of college for a year. I have always had large dreams of using my writing and storytelling to impact the world, but I would have doubts as to how I would be able to accomplish such a large aspiration. That is where my faith was tested. My parents would always remind me that I was blessed to possess the gift of writing; throughout my years in elementary school and into high school, my teachers would always express how strong of a writer I was. It was in high school where I made the decision to pursue journalism, and my dad would always remind me to: "Ask the Lord to show you how to use your gift to make an impact." It was my faith that fueled my persistence in the competitive media industry. From being denied internships and opportunities that I believed I would have been the strongest candidate for, my faith would put me in check, because what is for me is for ME, and no man or woman can take that from me. One my biggest lessons that I've learned thus far in my faith through my career is: "No does not mean failure. Many times rejection is merely redirection to an opportunity best suited for you." I can be my worst critic, and it used to frustrate me when I wouldn't land the opportunities that I wanted. However, I had to understand that what I want out of my career and what I need to experience in order to grow as a journalist are two different paths, but when I gain the experience that I need, I will be able to tackle the goals that I want out of my career. I could have never made it to this point in my life without my village, and my village is an extended unit of family members, friends, mentors and co-workers who have supported me as I explore adulthood and navigate through my career. I'm truly blessed!”
Ashleigh Wilson, Homepage Producer at AZCentral
Khadejah Stegall is a college mommy blogger that inspires others to achieve the impossible through the power of Jesus. She enjoys family time, eating plant-based meals when it's convenient and mentoring others on professional development. To be inspired by more post, follow her blog at khadejahstegall.com.