Born and raised in St. Louis, twenty-two-year-old HR Director Alyssa Sams has found that some work an entire lifetime to achieve proper growth, opportunity, and a future in a few months. In May of this year, Sams joined the North Inc team, swerving childhood dreams of becoming a veterinarian. “I have always loved working with people,” says Sams, “I always found myself in sales and management positions, so this was not far off, but I never thought I would have the opportunity to be a Human Resources Director at North Inc. When the opportunity came up, there was no way I could say no. COVID-19 was a struggle initially, but finding this job has been the silver lining.”
When she’s not building teams and creating success in the North Inc office, Alyssa Sams plans weddings with her fiancé; save the date, April 2021! Entrepreneur, fiancé, animal lover; who is Alyssa Sams? How did she make her way to our office? If you’re seeking answers to these questions, you’ve come to the right place.
Where did your career begin?
“I completed a few years of college but had to withdraw for personal reasons. At first, joining the workforce at such a young age and full time was difficult, but it allowed me the freedom to gain experience and find something that I was excited to do every day. I believe that if you work hard and put your mind to it, you can do anything you want! You may not get there in a conventional way, but you will hit your goals every time with the right work ethic.”
What do you bring to the table at North Inc?
“My passion and commitment towards the job. I don’t think it’s necessarily about the actual job itself but about the bigger picture of being a recruiter in this organization. I want to succeed, but I go to work wanting to help the people in my office reach their goals every day.”
Are you a competitive person?
“I would not consider myself competitive in everyday life, but I don’t mind a little bit of competition now and then! When I was younger, I was a competitive gymnast, and I played team sports throughout high school.”
What’s your personal experience at North Inc?
“I am gaining tangible skill sets that I did not have before this position, but I am also finding new motivation/motivators every day. It has shown me a future that I never imagined I could have for myself.”
What have you found to be most challenging in this career?
“Working from home has been a much different environment than I am used to; my dog thinks it is playtime 24/7, but it is the new normal, and it gets better every day.”
What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment to date?
“Although I could not finish my education and get a degree as I had hoped, I have worked very hard to build a career. At twenty-two years old, I am very proud of the experience and professional growth I have already accomplished.”
What are your passions?
“I love working out and being active! I am a member at Orangetheory Fitness, and I go on a run every morning and try to go to the gym every day.”
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
“The people I work with and the growth opportunities live here. I am lucky enough to have an amazing relationship with our CEO, Rebby, and working with her makes every day enjoyable. The opportunity for advancement keeps me motivated to continue improving.”
Will you leave our readers with a final piece of advice?
“Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and take on new challenges. You might be pleasantly surprised at where you end up!”
As a natural introvert, Alyssa Sams is used to independence. Then, it makes sense that for this young entrepreneur, real success means freedom. “To be in a position where I get to make decisions for myself and work in my own time, that’s a success,” says Sams. How does she keep moving forward? For Sams, that motivation comes from her mother. “My mother is my biggest inspiration,” says Sams, “after she had my brother and me, she left the Marine Corps and moved back to STL as a single mother. She worked incredibly hard every day to provide the life she wanted my brother and me to have, and I would not be half the woman I am today without her guidance.”