Job Developer Industry Placement Specialist
What inspired you to enter and pursue this field?
I want to provide young women with the resources and opportunities I never had growing up.
How did you come to be in this position?
I have always had a passion for helping people and working with at-risk youth, and I started by volunteering with various non-profit organizations in Windsor and Essex county. After graduating from the University of Windsor, I spent a year and a half teaching English in South Korea to learn and understand diverse cultures, problems, and motives that individuals encounter in their daily lives. Upon returning from South Korea, I came across a job posting for the Job Developer position at Women Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor. WEST, an organization fully dedicated to empowering women, aligned perfectly with my passion and core personal values. I sent in my application to work at WEST several times, seven times to be exact! I nailed an interview on my eighth try, and the rest is history.
My advice is to never give up on your dreams. If you want something, go for it. Persistence is the key to success. Don't be intimidated because you don't have the proper credentials and come from a specific background. Soft skills and transferrable skills can get you places hard skills cant.
What advice would you give young women looking to enter your current line of work?
My advice to young women is to believe in themselves. Believe in your skills and your abilities. Break down those barriers, and don't let them stop you. You'd be surprised at what you can accomplish when you put your fears aside. Additionally, don't be afraid to change course, network and meet new people, seek feedback, and find a mentor. Most importantly, be patient.
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