Meet Kayla Edereka of The Careerealist
I have always had a passion for helping others reach their potential. At the core, I see it as me giving back what so many gave to me. This passion started as far back as high school and continued into college, then into my full-time corporate career. When I started a career in Human Resources, this knowledge helped me tap into that passion even further. People would ask me for career advice, or to give them feedback on their resume’. I enjoyed doing it. As the requests became more frequent, I decided to turn this passion into a business. I knew this would give me the ability to market my value and provide services to even more people.
Since I work full time, it is always a balance between prioritizing my business with my corporate career. There have been times when clients want immediate responses that are unreasonable, given my schedule. I do my best to provide turnaround times upfront, but this doesn’t prevent struggles every now and then. In the beginning, it was also a challenge to charge for my services because I had done them for no cost for so many years. Ultimately, I had to learn that time is money. I also learned from other business owners that the price you charge equates to the amount of value you place on your service. Learning from the struggles of those around me helped make some of the difficult decisions easier.
The Careerealist is my career consulting company. I provide career coaching, resume services, and presentations to different audiences on various topics. I’m known for my ability to communicate and connect with individuals on a personal and professional level. I am proud that I decided to make my personal vision a business reality. I understand the struggles of navigating the journey from the classroom to the corporate sector and that experience allows me to help recent graduates in a unique way. Additionally, I have reinvented myself several times in my career and feel especially equipped to help individuals in the area of branding and career transitions.
I personally define success as finding fulfillment in the things that matter most. True success doesn’t make you compromise your faith, your values, or your family. Success can also be seasonal. What a person considers success in on season may change in the next. What doesn’t change is the foundation your success is built on.