Hi Genie. Thanks so much for joining us on the blog. Can you tell us what you're studying at Green River?
Genie: I am under the Business Education Certificate Program at Green River. I am currently on my final quarter, taking up Records Management to earn my final certificate for File Clerk. I have already finished and earned three certificates, namely: Accounting Clerk, Data Entry, and Office Support.
Can you tell us the story of how you decided to pursue training in this field?
Genie: When I immigrated here from the Philippines, I had planned to rejoin the workforce as an accounting or administrative assistant. However, I found it difficult to find a job because of my lack of experience here in the U.S., as well as necessary training in computers and current business practices. I realized that in order for me to be able to work in the fields I am interested in, I needed to take the necessary steps to equip myself with computer skills, as well as brush up on business and accounting skills and knowledge, so I decided that going back to school would give me what I needed. Workforce Education at Green River was VERY instrumental in allowing me to go back to school, and I'm very grateful for all the assistance I received and continue to receive.
You're getting ready to graduate with multiple certificates. Congrats! What types of jobs will you be applying for after graduation?
Genie: Thank you. I really would like to start a career in accounting, particularly payroll, so I will be applying for accounting assistant, payroll assistant, or administrative assistant types of positions.
What advice would you have for new students who are thinking about pursuing training in a similar field of study?
Genie: My advice for them is to move forward with obtaining a good education despite the difficulties. I am in my early sixties, new to the country, and have a medical condition that made it difficult for me to hear, and I really thought I wouldn't be able to go back to school, but I have persevered and now I am almost done. I have gained the necessary skills I need to pursue a career that I want and most importantly, I have gained confidence in myself that I can do anything I set my mind to.
$$$ Tip! All four Workforce Education funding programs - BFET, Opportunity Grant, Worker Retraining, and WorkFirst - support Business Education training at Green River.