Dina works for a law firm in Baltimore where she hires attorneys to practice at her firm. Dina has always been a hard worker. She tried her best at every job she held, and made sure she left on good terms with her employers. Dina was always busy, either with volunteering, or working many jobs. She said that it is important to get yourself out there, interact with new people and learn new skills. Dina also discussed the power of the network, and that job seekers should look for ways to connect with as many people as possible.
Sue also works for a law firm in Baltimore as a librarian technician. However, that was not always what her career path had in line for her. In fact, she changed careers more than ten times in her life. Sue originally was planning to get into the nursing field. After a couple years of nursing school, she chose to focus on her family. When she decided to re-enter the workforce, she had to reinvent herself, figure out what she was interested in, and learn how to market herself to potential employers. Sue learned from all of her career changes, interviews and job searching and takes with her all of these experiences. She figured out how to overcome life’s obstacles and to be successful in many different career fields.
Tom founded an advertising firm that he now works at. He learned how to chase his passion, get involved in the field, be persistent and resilient. Tom had a rough start at college, but he was able to learn from his failure and improve himself. He figured out how to work his way up at a PR firm, where he first started as an intern. When Tom was working at the PR firm as a receptionist, the company was hiring for a position that be always wanted. He took initiative and asked his supervisor if he could interview for the opening, and later was selected for the position. Now, as someone who recruits and interviews people for his own firm, he encourages job-seekers to not get frustrated when you are not offered the position, not give up, be dependable and on time.
Matt works at the office of the Maryland Comptroller. He found his way there because he stayed in contact with important people and showed that he is passionate, a hard worker, and dedicated. Matt had a difficult time graduating from high school. He learned that he needed one more credit to graduate during his graduation rehearsal. He decided to repeat his last year of high school to earn that credit, but at the time the allure of the streets became enticing and he lost ambition to earn his diploma. At 20 he decided to finish high school and earn his final credit. Matt found his way to the workforce and eventually worked his way up to management, but he still wanted more. He decided to enroll at a local university. Matt graduated with his Bachelor’s degree when the economy crashed. He had a difficult job finding employment so he returned to school to earn his MBA. When he graduated, he still had a difficult time finding a job. He started working part-time at a community center and continued looking for a full-time position. Matt continued networking and connected with someone at the Comptroller’s office, who eventually offered him his current position. Matt encouraged job-seekers to keep going and preserver through hardships.