WEN Graduate, Renee
Congratulations to Women's Employment Network graduate, Renee, on her new position at Company Kitchen!
Renee got an interview with Company Kitchen on the spot while attending our KC Job Fair on May 3rd. On Thursday, May 17th, Renee stopped by WEN to show her gratitude with some beautiful balloons and cake!
Renee shared her journey with us at Class #294's graduation on May 4th:
I chose WEN because of the thought process put into assisting a diverse group of women no matter what phase of life they’re in when it comes to employment. Both of you are passionate about what you do, the volunteers are highly qualified, and together you’re extremely effective. My decision was not a disappointment, I’ve learned a lot about myself and what’s key when it comes to finding the right job. I feel fortunate to have been accepted into the program.
The 'aha' moment for me is that I learned I have a natural gift and it’s not just “the way things are.” In addition, I have no clue how to focus on myself which at this point brings me to tears. I’ve spent my entire life living and thinking about others I almost have no clue how to reach deep down inside and make a change. Being successful with this will make or break me because what I’ve learned is “going forward” it starts with me. Remembering or journaling the details will be helpful when having to recall people, places, and things.
My goal is to finish the program taking advantage of everything that’s left to offer. I need to learn how to stop getting hung up on “steps,” go with the flow and be comfortable with going out of order. I understand that although I was blessed with a natural gift I have to do my part in the areas that I wasn’t so blessed in. I have to stop thinking that there are no companies that want a person with my skill set because I know there’s plenty, I just have to find them. No one said it would be easy.
I assure you that even though I’m a little high maintenance when it comes to needing your coaching, development, and guidance I’m very much different on the job. Once I understand my entire realm of responsibilities, have all my questions answered, and know where I fit in with the team I’m good. Please know that I will not let myself or you down. I treasure the time spent as it takes me back to where it all started and reminds me of those that developed me in the past. You’re now a part of that group and I thank you for it.
I’ve achieved so many goals in this program already because all successes have to be celebrated, even the small ones. My end goal is to find a job that’s happiness driven. It seems like a simple concept considering the minimal amount obstacles I have to overcome but it’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to tackle. I appreciate you and I appreciate WEN.