March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. With that being said, we wanted to take a moment and steal some time with one of our female directors at Silverton Casino and pick her brains on the her experience climbing her own career ladder.
Director of Human Resources, Amanda Northrup, had the following advice in regards to balancing career and social life.
Career wise; what were you doing in your 20s?
My early 20s were spent managing group homes for the developmentally disabled in Lincoln, NE while I obtained my undergraduate degree. After I graduated, I decided to make a career change and became a casino operations manager on a river boat in Council Bluffs, IA. The casino industry took me to Black Hawk, CO where I realized my love for operations and helping people was a perfect match for HR. I then joined the world of HR for the later part of my 20s.
What was your “aha!” moment?
My 25th birthday changed my life. I was living in Omaha, NE in a house that I was fortunate enough to buy. I was successful in my career and I was in the middle of getting my masters degree. I thought I had it all. But that evening, I realized I was wrong. I came home from work to an empty house and there were no plans to celebrate. I sat there and wept. I realized right then that life and happiness are about so much more than your career, house, car, or degrees. Life is about enjoying the journey with those you love. From that day forward, I have been very careful to make sure I maintain a healthy balance in all areas of my life.
Did you ever consider or experience a career change?
I started my gaming career in casino operations. I loved operations management so much that I even received an advanced degree in the field. The hours were rough and I was looking to find balance in my personal life. When a Human Resources position became available, I was intrigued. I knew I loved helping people, respected the purpose of HR, and the hours were perfect. It was the best decision I have ever made. A great HR person needs to understand operations, so I feel like I get the best of both worlds.
What is the best advice a manager or mentor gave you?
Its ok to do things at 90% if that means you get more things done than just one perfectly executed thing completed at 100%.
When you’re hiring someone, what’s the number one thing you look for?
What is the last book you read?
Extraordinary Outcomes by Iris Firstenberg
Do you have advice you would like to share or a question for Amanda? We’d love to hear!