Greg had many different careers before he found is true passion. He worked for corporate America in the hotel industry. Following that, he worked for the NAACP and Black Enterprise News. Greg decided to change careers once again, and work in real estate. Later on he volunteered leading workshops at a non-profit in Baltimore. Greg was hired at the non-profit seven months later, where he found his passion and he worked on their job-readiness program. He leads workshops to returning citizens, and people with different barriers to find the best within themselves, learn to deal with their past and learn how to present themselves. He told job-seekers to show how employers can benefit from hiring you. Greg also advised job-seekers to always be early and ready to show employers that you are truly dedicated. He said to hold your head high, and do not shoot to low.
Jessie is a civil rights attorney in Baltimore. She figured out that she loved helping people early in her career path. She attended law school so she could learn how to advocate for people and guide them through the legal system. Jessie continues to love the work that she does because she is able to make change. When she was applying for judge fellowship positions she called back a judge in Baltimore too late and they already booked all of their interview slots. However, Jessie was determined and dedicated to get this position so she asked if she could be interviewed at 7:30 AM. She ended up being offered that position because the judge saw that she was ambitious and she would not take ‘no’ for an answer. Jessie advised job seekers to have good communication skills, be honest about abilities and follow up with your commitments. She noted that she does not like networking, but she learned how to overcome her discomfort by asking people questions about themselves. Jessie said that people like talking about themselves, and they are genuinely flattered. She said once you build that connection you can reach out to them along the way, and they may help you find a job opening or connect you with another important contact.
Bobby grew up in West Baltimore and being the youngest of nine children led him to believe that it was “my way, or the highway,” when he was younger. He had many jobs working with large companies in Baltimore, but he was never able to hold them. He never developed important skills which ended up in him losing his jobs. He was involved with drugs and found it hard to focus on a job when he could make more money working on the streets. Bobby also started on a long path of addiction. After many years, he changed paths and went back to school and realized his passion for helping people. He worked in the field of addiction and learned how to use his experience with addiction to help others who are suffering from it. He figured out the antidote for addiction by learning how to manage your own feelings. Even after he retired, he could not give up his passion and instead opened up his own office where he continues to help people through the recovery process. Bobby told job-seekers “to apply yourself, and figure out what you can gain from every experience.”