#Powerofajob: Client aims for her north star — and grabs it!

Happy Workforce Wednesday!

As partners in Washington state’s WorkSource system and the American Job Center Network, the Employment Security Department helps people – unemployed or not – find new jobs and learn new skills. We help them experience the life-changing Power of a Job.

Every week, we spotlight a different Power of a Job success story. This week, we bring you Jessica Figueroa, an employment specialist at WorkSource Lynnwood. Here, Jessica shares how the right career counseling can help people nab their dream job.

I’m Jessica Figueroa, a WIOA [the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, passed by Congress in 2015] and career specialist at WorkSource Lynnwood. I’m going to share the story of a client who we enrolled in a WIOA program.

My client was laid off and was actively searching for work for more than a month before visiting our WorkSource center. Immediately, she and I met and discussed her career goals. She’s a single mother of two and because of that, doesn’t want to work in the healthcare field any more.

Her dream is to find a career to help families. Since she didn’t grow up in the United States education system, she needed a skills upgrade.

We created a career plan for her and it included pursuing an associate degree in family support services at Edmonds Community College. During these two years of school, I continued to work with her to find financial support and career guidance.

Once her degree was complete, we continued to meet and I helped with additional support services. After a few months, she landed a part-time position at Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest.

Her employment goal from our first meeting was to help families and children achieve success. Now, she works exactly where she wanted to be and doing exactly what she wanted to do.

Soon after starting, her part-time position became permanent and full-time, and she’s very happy with that.

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