Alumni Mikala Kindley graduated in 2011 and went Remington college, earning a degree in criminal justice. In high school Kindley participated in journalism, FCA, BASIC and sports medicine.
What all have you done after high school?
“After high school, I took the non-traditional route of getting an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from a trade school called Remington College in July of 2013,” Kindley said. “I’ve been a preschool teacher, a receptionist for an animal hospital and most recently, I ran HR for 3 offices in 3 different countries for an IBM business partner. I got the honor and privilege of opening an office in London for my former employer and now I’m working in the HR department for Baylor Scott and White Medical Center- Carrollton. I’ve had lots of different jobs but I’m super happy with where I’ve landed. I’m a pitbull mom to a super cute boy named Zeus.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I wanted to do HR because I’m a people person,” Kindley said. “I have a knack of relating to people on a level that most people don’t and seeing things in a way that most can’t. That has aided me in being an excellent recruiter in my former software life and gave me an excellent analytical mind for my current role with Baylor Scott and White. It pairs well with my Criminal Justice degree because you get to use the investigative side of your brain while still getting to be the good guy. Most people see HR as the ‘principal’s office,’ of the work place, and it’s my goal to take the negative connotation away and put the ‘human’ back in Human Resources.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“Having tough teachers like Doc Thompson and Mrs. Fagan,” Kindley said. “I really mean that with all the love in my heart teach you accountability, and respect for others and yourself. I mostly learned from Doc that it’s important to get up, hustle every day and always give your 1000% against all odds, on and off the field. Being in Sports Medicine taught me to work hard, never give up and to be an excellent team player.”
What are you doing now?
“I’m currently the Human Resources Assistant at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center- Carrollton,” Kindley said. “In a nutshell, I’m the first point of contact for new-hires and employees at my Baylor facility. I complete their work verifications, confirm their clinical certifications and licenses for their specific jobs, different roles in the hospital have to have certain certifications such as CPR and cardiac stuff in order to practice, track compliance for such certifications like expiration dates, perform workforce analysis like affirmative action planning, and raise employee issues to the proper channels to bring solutions in real time. I attend a meeting every morning with the heads from each department in the hospital to exchange information in real time about the events and happenings in the hospital and I represent HR for those meetings. I sit on a shared governance council to bring a non-clinical voice to the hospital. I love my job, I love the company I work for and the function we serve in our communities all over Texas.”
What are your plans for the future?
“My future plans are to keep on hustling while I’m young and climb the Baylor Scott and White HR ladder as high as I can go,” Kindley said. “I plan on going back to school this spring to pursue my Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior and eventually get an MBA. My overall goal is to become a Director of HR or Strategic Business Services over a hospital or get back into recruiting. Eventually I’ll make time to do the whole marriage and kids thing, but for now, my career is my baby and I’m raising her right.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“My advice to current high schoolers is to slow down and listen,” Kindley said. “Breathe it all in, I promise you will miss high school. Implement good time management skills now because believe me, it makes a difference when you’re older. When I was an 18 year old senior, I couldn’t fathom even being 24 or what my life would be like then, so don’t let hardships or curveballs that life throws at you completely bog you down. Roll with it. Life will always ebb and flow. It’s not how you suffer, it’s how you recover that defines you. Finish everything you start. Go to the games that you think you don’t want to go to, believe me. You’ll be sitting in traffic one Friday night 8 years from now wishing that you could. Learn how to change a tire and how to do your taxes. Be early to everything and always say thank you before and after a job interview. Volunteer as much as you can. Take care of your credit. Can’t stress that enough. Everything you are worried about now won’t matter 10 years from now. Don’t worry so much about the small things or about relationships Chances are you won’t even know that person when you’re my age. Don’t put your entire life on social media. Don’t give too much of yourself away to people who don’t deserve it. Remember who you were before the world told you who you should be. Be good to the adults in your life, it’s a good chance you’ll speak to them more often in the future than you’ll speak to your current ‘friends.’ Your mom will be your best friend by the time you’re 25, so don’t stress her out more than she already stresses about you. Be nice to your siblings, they’ll also be your best friends. No, I’m serious. Take your SATs when you’re supposed to, believe me your life will be so much easier down the road. Become someone you would want to hang out with later on in your life. In summary, be a good person. Respect yourself, respect others and say thank you at every opportunity.”