Nicole's Path to a Promotion

To continue growing, we have to ask ourselves questions. And at Store 994 in New Port Richey, Florida, one associate asked herself a question that would change her future – and how she sees herself.

 

“I’d been through multiple interviews for positions, and I didn’t get them,” said Nicole Casares, the production supervisor at Store 994. “And I just kept asking myself: ‘What else do I need?’"

 

Nicole already knew about Walmart’s associate education benefit Live Better U, but didn’t think she had the time to pursue a four-year degree. But out of curiosity, she decided to see what other options the program may offer her for continued career growth and learning opportunities.

 

“I was just typing in my name one minute, and then I’m getting all this great extra information, and basically before I knew it I was signing up for classes,” Nicole said. “It just felt meant to be.”

Becoming Better

 

After signing up for a certificate program in business management and leadership, Nicole found that she was enjoying the coursework, the flexibility, and the affordability of LBU. But there was something special, even beyond the average selling points.

 

“In previous jobs, I worked at mom and pop shops, and I spent several years in kitchens, working my way up to become a sous chef,” Nicole said. “But those jobs made me a person I didn’t like. I was allowed to get mad, to throw stuff, to really put the hammer down.”

 

As her time in class continued, Nicole came to realize that learning wasn’t just making her a better leader – it was making her a better person, too.

 

“When I came to Walmart, I started to see how the attitude I held in other jobs had been wrong, but through my LBU experience, I was able to learn so much more about how to truly lead,” Nicole said. “I think it’s made me better as a leader and as a person.”

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Hard Work, And Then Some

 

Nicole credits part of her drive to continue to her education to her dad. He immigrated to the U.S. when she was young, and his work ethic is something he passed down.

 

“I was brought up with this attitude that no matter what’s going on in your life, you do all you can do, you work hard, and you get it done,” Nicole said. “And so, when something was hard in class, or when I would finish a shift and know I still had work to do, I would hear my dad’s voice in the back of my head saying, ‘keep pushing.’”

 

That attitude helped Nicole as she worked toward a new position, and a new leadership certificate.

 

“When I first started the class, I was an hourly associate,” Nicole said. “But then I was offered the chance to become a temporary department manager – and honestly I was worried about taking this full-time position two weeks into the class.”

 

But the flexibility afforded by taking her classes online allowed Nicole to juggle the demands of a new job with the plan that was going to allow her to keep it.

 

“Because of how you can do your work online, I was able to plan when I was going to get stuff done, and just do it,” Nicole said. “There was one weekend where I was able to get nearly a month’s worth of work done in two days!”

 

Go For It

 

Nicole is one of LBU’s newest advocates. Her time in the program allowed her to surprise herself by accomplishing not just a new job, but a new outlook on herself as a person.

 

“If I could tell anyone anything about the program, my advice would be pretty simple: Just go for it. Even if it doesn’t help your career right away, it’s going to help you personally.”

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