"Take on every opportunity and never be afraid to put yourself out there."
MHA Alumni Spotlight: Julie Newton
Interview Conducted by Bryce Ridener
What was your childhood like?
My childhood was very structured and strict. My parents were the definition of hard-working blue-collar individuals. I was a very competitive child when it came to playing sports. The kids in the neighborhood and myself enjoyed competing with each other to see who was “the best”.
Growing up, I had quite a few expectations in the household. Not only were the typical chore responsibilities on top of the expectations list, but I was also forced to get along with my brother!
What was an early leadership lesson for you?
The earliest lesson I had for myself was just being on pace with my surroundings. I always thought that I had to get everything completed all at once, rather than enjoying the moment and managing my time. I thought that in order to be successful, I had to have the highest job level possible and that I needed to be the leader.
The biggest learning tool is stepping through your own career leader. Next, I would say is a basic tool: dress to impress. I always say dress for the job you want not for the job you have. Lastly, I would say the most important thing is to take advantage of any and all opportunities given to you.
Who are your role models?
My role models, even though this may sound cliche, are my parents. They have taught me some life lessons that have stuck. One lesson is to always be loyal. One example of this lesson is that both of my parents stayed at one job for over thirty years. My dad taught me to always be early for whatever I am doing because it shows character.
He also taught me to always work hard, regardless of the day I am having. They taught me to always leave my work problems at the office and to never take them home with me. They also said that whenever I am at work to always give my best effort.
If you were able to, what is some advice you would give your younger self?
Some advice for my younger self would be to take my time, process and try to take on every opportunity, and to put myself out in the community. I would tell myself that I do not have to reach the top as soon as possible and it is okay to take my time to reach my goals. They say slow and steady wins the race.
I would tell myself to never downplay any of my past experiences because regardless of the task, it helped shape me into who I am today. Whenever I had an interview for my first job, I downplayed some of my past experiences and the people interviewing me noticed it.
Another thing would be to not be shy and just put myself out there. People will admire you more for standing out than sitting back and waiting for everything to come to you.
How does your company hire?
I really can judge a lot off of someone’s body language. I can tell if they are here to acquire a job or just a paycheck. I often look at past experiences and what they have accomplished even if it has nothing to do with healthcare. Someone who has never had experience in healthcare eventually become the manager of human resources. It doesn’t necessarily matter what you have studied - if the work ethic stands out above the rest of the candidates.
I hire people who show organizational skills and will be ready for anything to be thrown at them. To be present and prepared are some things I always look for.