Following her heart meant she needed to dream up a new future.
Eunice’s first job in the U.S. was at a fast-food restaurant. She would shop at Walmart Store 5753 and told her husband she wanted to work there. “That was my goal,” Eunice says.
But she wanted to get better at speaking English, so she began taking classes to learn more. Then, while shopping one day, Eunice saw a sign saying that Walmart was hiring—and the sign was in Spanish, too.
She says she only had the basics of English, but it was enough to get her through an interview. Soon Eunice was working an overnight shift cleaning shelves in the dairy, produce and meat departments. Talking with other associates helped Eunice’s English improve even more, and she also studied with Rosetta Stone, an educational software program that was offered by Walmart.
Eunice moved to CAP 2, unloading trucks and stocking merchandise, and then to CAP 1. That’s when her store manager said she thought Eunice would make a great department manager. “She said she saw potential in me! And so I said, ‘OK! Let’s try. Why not?’”