Career Spotlight - Pamela Cox

Thursday, February 1, 2018

What are your main responsibilities?

My main responsibilities include administrative logics for all the Managing at Yale programs, assisting the Workday team with fundamental projects (like Workday Learning, and Zoom), as well as teaching the classes Taking Pride in Your Job and Best Foot Forward to staff, plus a plethora of other tasks that my role requires to ensure that our HR partners, staff and the overall Yale community gets the best service we can provide.

How did you begin your career at Yale?

Wow…it started over two decades ago. I began as a Casual then I was hired in the department of Psychiatry. After being there for a few years, I moved to the Medical School into the department of Physiology. While working in Physiology, I completed 2 Master’s Degrees at Albertus Magnus College, and shortly thereafter moved to Human Resources in the Learning Center training unit.  Now, I am still in Human Resources working in the Organizational Effectiveness and Staff Development department on the Workday team.

What skills, abilities, and personal attributes are essential to success in your job/this field?

Great question!  As I mentioned earlier, I need an abundance of skills in my “toolkit” to accomplish success in my field as an educator and in my daily role. Aside from the soft skills I possess, high education, and contagious sense of humor, I did not get to where I am today without an overwhelming support system of mentors, colleagues and friends that aided in shaping my character, developing my strengths and building my backbone! All these facts are essential areas to the success in my current field, daily job and career path at Yale.

Can you recommend trade journals, magazines, or professional associations which would be helpful for professional development?

Sure.  The OESD (Organization Development and Staff Development) has an Instructor led Community of Practice class, this class is organized by myself and 2 other colleagues.  The Instructor Community of Practice’s goal is to bring instructors together from across the University to share, learn and build a sense of community.  We welcome and look forward to interactive sessions that represent training needs and interests.  The offerings are held quarterly, and the next class is on April 12th.

And of course, another source is TD Magazine. Talent Development Magazine covers industry best practices, emerging technology and trends.

What advice can you share about navigating your career at Yale?

Don’t get stuck! Mentally, physically or emotionally.  Once you learn to navigate your interest, you are the captain of your own ship and the opportunities are endless. In other words, whether it is continuing your education, expanding your network professional and socially, or simply mastering where you are currently placed.  Be passionate, faithful, and always willing to learn more.

If you could do it all over again, would you choose the same path for yourself?

Yes, I would continue the same path. It’s a fascinating story! I have no qualms with the path I have been given. Although, it has not always been straightforward, the bends, inclines and dead-ends have all led to my career success to this day!