Vakia moved to Wisconsin to make a better life for her daughters — when she learned about FSC, she realized there was no better time to change her lot, too. She’d spent years working her way up in fast food to become a manager. When she came home each day, though, Vakia was always humming a beat or reviewing new lyrics running through her head. She just didn’t have much time to put them on paper. That’s all changed after launching a new career with the help of our Essentials courses.
“She always had a bubbly personality and was open to anything we referred her to,” says Brooke, her FSET Employment Specialist. Vakia was away from family for the first time, so she joined FSET and Wisconsin Works to help support her children while looking for work. Vakia was blown away by our training options, and she decided to take advantage of every course in our Essentials series, from Financial Wellness to Job Searching.
Although the pandemic has changed job searches across the country, Vakia felt prepared to tackle anything. She planned her career path with Brooke, crafted a stellar resume with our Computer Lab Instructor Tina, and honed her soft skills with our Essentials Instructor Vincent. Meanwhile, Account Representative Craig hooked her up with virtual job fairs and helped her network with employers.
Before she knew it, Vakia was accepting a full-time position with Robert Half! She is working from home, which means less time on a commute and more time with her daughters every evening— and more time to write songs for her first hit album.