Amina joined us on Friday from Chase Brexton, where she currently works as the Chief Medical Officer. Amina’s first jobs were in retail and food service, but she learned that she was passionate about working on health issues when she volunteered in the healthcare field while in school.
She chose to be a primary care physician because she was interested in building long-term relationships with people. Amina also has experience as an addiction specialist, as she worked at a methadone clinic in New York.
Amina did not plan on being an administrator, but she took advantages of all opportunities that came her way and now thoroughly enjoys her work at Chase Brexton. She works on making sure the mission of their organization is delivered in their service. She encouraged job seekers to find what they are interested in and find a way to work towards perusing it.
Karen is the Executive Director at Greater Homewood Community Cooperation. She discovered her passion by many life-shaping experiences while she was growing up in Newark, New Jersey. Karen was the first generation of her family to go to college. Both her parents worked in the food service industry. Her father owned a bar that was located in the African American part of Newark, which was very segregated at that time. She spent a lot of her childhood there, and witnessed the race riots and saw the world changing about race relations.
Karen went to Georgetown University for her undergraduate degree. She grew up with passion for social justice through her Catholic background. Karen learned that she wanted to work on issues regarding social change, and went to get her Master’s in Social Work.
She has been at Greater Homewood Community Cooperation for 8 years. Karen has a lot of experience interviewing and hiring people for her organization. She stressed that job seekers should have a good answer to the question “Why should I hire you?” Karen said that interviewees rarely say that they should be hired for this position because they really want the job. She encouraged job seekers to be honest, and enthusiastic about why you are applying for that position.
Sara is the Chief Marketing and Development Officer at the Y of Central Maryland. She found her way to Baltimore by accepting her first job out of college at St. Ann’s Church. She was a payroll clerk at the Church, and accepted the job even though she did not have the experience. She showed that she was eager for the position, and she was able to learn oh the job. While working, Sara started getting involved in different areas of the church. Later on, her position morphed into job placement and career counseling for children who were in Juvenile Detention.
Sara continued on with her career and was an executive in the marketing business when suddenly everything collapsed. She lost her business, house, job, and marriage seven years ago. She had to start out all over again and lived on her retirement savings while she was job seeking. She was terrified but figured out that she had two paths that she could take during this hard time. One path would be to well on the past, and the other was to use all her energy to get her life back together. She decided to not give up and be a role model for her daughter. Sara kept searching for jobs and working through the tough times until she found her current position at the Y.
Sara advised job seekers to always say “yes” to an opportunity. She said employers look for a person that has a good attitude, is honest and respectful. Sara added that job skills can be learned, but you need to show how you will be a good fit for their organization. She encouraged job seekers to put yourself in the position of the employer, and show that you will be a valuable employee.
Beverly is the Dean of Behavioral Social Science at Coppin State University. While growing up, she developed her “can do” attitude. She has faced discrimination based on her gender, race and age but has learned to be confident in herself in order for to not let these barriers prevent her from doing what she aspired to do.
When she was a child she was in a terrible bus accident. Beverly was in the hospital for three months, and when she was released her face was still unrecognizable. She persevered through the challenges she faced, and as a result grew stronger.
Beverly worked in the DC public school system for over 30 years. She earned her Master’s degree in her 30s. Later on, she decided to go back to school to peruse her PHD. She worked hard and earned her doctorate in her late 40s. She worked in academia at Bowie State, and then found her position at Coppin State. She loves her students, and is very happy to have her position.
Beverly said that, while you do not need a college degree to find a good job, always keep in mind that a degree is not out of the question. She told job seekers to keep their minds open and look for opportunities. She encouraged job seekers to go for something that you have always wanted to do. She also noted the importance of self-love, and that you need to believe in yourself in order to sell yourself to employers.