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Jama Metcalfe

Jama Metcalfe

National Flight Academy

Pensacola, FL USA

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Jama's work combines: Non-Profit Organizations, Education, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Career Pathways Coordinator

I help students explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Pleasant Home

  • Bachelor's Degree

    General Studies

    Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Early Childhood Education and Teaching

    Pensacola State College

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Career Pathways Coordinator:

Bachelor's Degree: General Studies

Bachelor's Degree: Early Childhood Education and Teaching

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Graduated high school with a B+ average. I was a great student in everything but math! Started classes at my community college.

  • 2.

    Struggled in math and took time off to work due to losing my Pell Grant funds. Didn't go back to school for nearly 10 years!

  • 3.

    Worked for an internet service provider in my home town for 3 years before being laid off during the recession in 2009. Unemployed for nearly a year.

  • 4.

    Moved to Pensacola and worked various entry level service and hospitality jobs.

  • 5.

    Went back to school as a stay at home mom, but had to drop out (again!) after a divorce so I could work.

  • 6.

    Decided to take steps towards changing my life. Began volunteering 1 day a week at my favorite place in the world, the National Naval Aviation Museum.

  • 7.

    Hired part time at the National Flight Academy after volunteering 6 months. Hired full time after 1 year, and promoted to Career Pathways Coordinator after 8 months.

  • 8.

    Developing my own program in career exploration to help high school students make good choices and avoid the struggles I made. Going back to school to finish my degree!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Family:

    "Teachers don't make money or get benefits. You'll have to get a doctorate to get a decent job!"

  • How I responded:

    I let others talk me out of my passion and spent nearly 10 years "in limbo" after dropping out of college due to financial hardship and a lack of motivation. After trying out many things that didn't work, I finally found a career with purpose in what I'd wanted to do all along; working for an educational non-profit. (And I have great benefits and good pay with no college degree!)

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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