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Taking the First Step toward Finding a Job

Josefina is taking classes to become a nurse assistant at her local community college. She works hard and does well in school. Soon, it will be time for her to take her certification test. Josefina’s instructors have encouraged her to start thinking about what kind of job she wants to get when she graduates.

 

Josefina was always close to her abuela, her grandmother. Josefina’s grandmother helped to raise her when she was growing up in Mexico. Josefina thinks that she would like to work in an elder care facility where she would have the opportunity to interact with older adults.

 

Besides the type of care setting that she wants to work in, Josefina also thinks about her schedule. She has a young daughter, and Josefina wants to be home for her at night. She knows that she wants a job with daytime hours. Then there is transportation. Josefina needs to find a job that is on a bus line because she doesn’t own a car.


Josefina has heard people at school talk about networking when they talk about looking for a job. Josefina asked one of them to explain what that means. Networking, her friend explained, means asking the people you already know if they have heard about any job openings. Now that Josefina knows what kind of work setting and schedule she wants, she is going to ask her instructors if they know of any nursing homes that are hiring. Josefina is excited to take this first step toward finding a job.

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners