Meet Geneva September 02, 2016 12:31
Geneva says, "I had just completed a Certified Nurses Assistant certification, but I learned I was pregnant and I felt like I couldn't go anywhere. I felt like I couldn't find a job...I just couldn't do it." A good friend gave her a flyer for Bright Endeavors' job training program and she decided to give it a try. "On my first day, I was nervous. I smile a lot when I'm nervous. I came in smiling at everybody." Since then, Geneva says that she has changed: "I've learned a lot of personal and professional skills: I'm confident, I bring my resume to interviews. Now during job interviews, I research the company before hand, look the interviewer in the eye, and ask good questions in the interview. My cohort [of other participants] has helped me a lot. We can relate to each other, and it helps me problem solve. I'm stronger now than I was when I started. I'm doing things I never thought I could do." Geneva loves making candles. In her role as a Finishing Specialist at Bright Endeavors, Geneva cleans freshly made candles, affixes labels, and signs each candle she makes before passing it to Quality Control Inspection. Her favorite scent is Lemon Tea.
"I never thought it was such a process to make candles," Geneva says. "It seems simple but you need to make sure the wicks are trimmed, votives are cleaned, make sure the products reflect us: clean cut & ready to go."
Geneva is anticipating a baby girl, due in October. “My daughter is pushing me. She's making me realize I can do things I didn’t dream of doing before…go back to school, pay off my loans, own a house!”
After spending time bonding with her baby, Geneva plans to move ahead with her professional goals: "I want to be a social worker. I want to help families come back together so that no child feels outcast. I hope to begin with little steps first, moving to larger steps."
Geneva continues, "Without this opportunity, I’d be home, sitting down, waiting for something to come to me. Bright Endeavors gives me a support system, and sees my value and worth. Now I have goals and aspirations. Now I know how to take care of myself so I can take care of my daughter."
She smiles. "It's going to be hard, but I'm ready."