Jeremy held a number of jobs – good jobs – throughout his career
First as a teacher, then a mortgage and insurance professional. But he knew he could be more and achieve more for himself and his family, if he just found the right opportunity.
“I was wanting to add on to my resume because I felt I had reached my ceiling at work. I was trying to find different ways to get more training and find a different route to move forward in my career,” he said.
That career-boosting training is exactly what he found at Goodwill – where he enrolled in a Systems Analyst class in the advanced IT program. He was grateful the classes were in the evenings so he could commit a few hours to training after work each day while his wife worked from home with their children. He immediately dove in, looking to take advantage of every opportunity he could.
“I’ve taken training in the past, but this was different. We were hands-on with coding, and they linked us up with people working in the industry on live projects,” he said. “One of the biggest things was it gave me an opportunity to be a project lead for one of the programs we were testing. I’d never had an opportunity to have a leadership role on a project and that was really pivotal.”
Through partnerships with local employers, Goodwill University training programs provide skills and qualifications that are in-demand, yes, even during the pandemic. In fact, more than 350 people completed advanced IT training programs through Goodwill in 2020. For those who weren’t working like Jeremy, Goodwill partnered with the City of Charlotte and Carolina Softech to offer a paid internship in the IT program for the first time. This, coupled with the hands-on approach to training allowed all participants to boost their knowledge and resumes while continuing to make ends meet. Continue reading “Goodwill exists to help people see possibilities, seize opportunities and prosper”