Already, MaiKayla’s experience of going back to school – even just a few courses at a time – has paid off in giving her skills she uses every day and more confidence in dealing with various challenges. “A lot of the stuff I'm learning, I already use at work,” she said. “I can take work and relate it to my classes and then take my classes and relate it to work. Even my teachers say, ‘It's amazing how much insight you have on this.’ It's because I use what I’m learning every single day.”
MaiKayla was even able to use the skills and lessons she learned from classes to extend a 20-minute interview into over 45 minutes of discussion. Because she had so much experience and relevant knowledge to pull from, the hiring managers had more questions, saw her passion, and continued the conversation. She also got the job – way to go MaiKayla!
Through her online classes, MaiKayla has also connected with associates from other Walmart stores across the country and has had the opportunity to share her own struggles and successes and learn from theirs. “It’s interesting to see other people's opinions throughout the country,” she reflected. “Like, ‘Hey, this is working in my store or this isn't working. So maybe try it this way.’”
With everything going on in MaiKayla’s life, she’s taking things one step at a time. Once she completes her program, she hopes to keep moving into new roles at Walmart. “My goal is just to keep moving up because I'm never content,” she said. “I want to achieve more. It took me a while to get to assistant manager, but I don't see an end in sight.”
Getting a new certificate of completion, starting a degree program, or finishing your degree are all great ways to gain necessary skills and advance your career. Are you ready to take the next step in your career and education?