#Powerofajob: WorkSource classes turn a life around, setting her on path to success

Welcome to 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. Today we bring you Vicki Husemoen, a job seeker who found help, inspiration and support at WorkSource. She highlights the value of the classes WorkSource offers. They “changed my life,” she says!

Here’s Vicki’s story:

I worked for a company in the telecommunications industry for 14 years. In March, another company purchased ours, initiating several rounds of layoffs, including mine.

Working there for so long, I didn’t know what my skills were and how they’re marketable in today’s industry. I visited WorkSource to find out what I needed to do. At WorkSource, I attended several classes – Resume Writing and Skills and Abilities, and both were very beneficial. They helped me understand who I was and what I enjoy. I also learned how my skills are transferable to other jobs.

I also took the Strategies for Success series of classes. They are so enlightening and literally changed my life – and so timely! The first week, we discussed our own health, taking care of ourselves and setting boundaries — things we don’t normally think about. I honestly feel every high school should teach this. We learned how to navigate life. It gave us tools to further our success and improve our personal well-being.

While hunting for a new job, I still take classes at WorkSource, and there are more I want to take. I have more confidence, relate better to people in my same position and realize I’m not alone. It’s so easy to feel lost, especially when you’ve done something for so long and are trying to start over.

WorkSource has definitely been very important in my life. I expect to have great success!

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