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.”