After working in retail for her whole life, Maggie Nelson knew that she needed a change. “I didn’t like retail anymore, and I got to a point where I also knew I couldn’t survive making that kind of money. A month after I finished working with a JFCS career counselor I put in an application for my current job at RL Craig Company, and they asked me for an interview.”
Maggie appreciated the one-on-one aspect of working with JFCS. “Definitely, for me personally since I have a learning discrepancy, the most helpful was the one-on-one with somebody,” she said. “Not that I mind doing big workshops, but a part of me feels like I get a little bit lost in the crowd, especially if a whole bunch of people are asking questions and I’m trying to write everything down.”
This one-on-one aspect allowed Maggie to create a personal relationship with her career counselor, and thus search for and find a job match that was suited to her personality and strengths. “Erin was really great,” Maggie said. “I really enjoyed working with her, and she really helped me out a lot. It was definitely having that personal connection with somebody to help you find a job. With her new job that she started after going through career counseling at JFCS, Maggie now hopes to save enough money to buy a house with her boyfriend. She also now has weekends off, which she calls “an amazing feeling.” The switch from retail to her current job offers her a “better atmosphere,” and has “been a nice change.”
“JFCS was just really great,” Maggie said. “I really think that going to JFCS was the turning point for me in getting to where I am right now, and finally getting what I jokingly call a “big girl” job. I couldn’t be more thankful for their help, for Erin’s help, and everything. I’m really glad that I listened to my counselor, and went down that avenue to JFCS.”
For more information about our career services and how we can support your career shift, visit our website at www.jfcslouisville.org/education-careers or call Kristi at 502-452-6341 ext. 257.
Erin Heakin, M.Ed. is a certified career counselor who specializes in supporting youth and young professionals in their career development. Erin has worked for JFCS in the Career & Workforce Development department since 2014 and is trained as a MBTI facilitator.
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