First of all I would like to commend you for wanting to further your education. Being a mom is challenging in itself. Goodwill can help you in exploring your options.
- We would first need to explore your needs (financial, childcare, transportation, etc.) and make referrals to agencies if needed.
- You need to explore your interests and skills. Goodwill can give you an assessment test. Actually www.careeronestop has several good self assessments.
- Once we know your interest and skills, Goodwill can recommend different avenues to achieve your goal. My Goodwill has several training programs which would be useful in getting a job and continuing the pursuit of your education. For example I had a client complete her CNA1 and CNA2. The hospital hired her and paid for her Nursing Degree. Success!!!
- Another avenue would be the Wal-Mart Foundation program (www.goodwill.org/beyondjobs/). This program assist single moms get job training and placement in certain areas.
- Goodwill can help identify local job trends. What are the areas of job growth? Industrial Engineering is a growing in my area.
- Goodwill can set up information interviews. While on line websites, such as www.americasjobbank.com, have great information; there is nothing like hearing from the horse’s mouth. You can find out the good, bad and the ugly. Then decide if it is what you want to do.
- Goodwill can also help in researching colleges. You can find information on financial aid and which college would be best for your interest area.
- If you need a job while going to school, remember that is Goodwill’s specialty. We are here to help.
Good luck on your new adventure. You are a great example for your children. Remember Goodwill is here to help guide you through the process and celebrate your success. That’s my favorite part…
Job Developer/Skills Training Manager