Success Story Friday: Victoria
Victoria Mason was a few months into retirement when reality set in. She was bored at home and wanted to re-enter the workforce.
An AARP advertisement led her to the Centralina Agency on Aging, which ultimately referred her to Goodwill. At Goodwill’s Freedom Drive Job Connection, Victoria received work experience to prepare her for the workforce. “This is where my blossoming began,” she says.
Victoria, who had 25 years of experience in hospital billing, brushed up on her computer and data entry skills at Goodwill. She also received career counseling, learned interview skills and improved her resume. That experience gave her confidence and prepared her for a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ job fair, where she had two interviews on the spot.
“Goodwill gave me the resources to find a job. I was very prepared,” Victoria says. When the next school year started, so did Victoria. She was hired by CMS as a teacher’s assistant with the After School Enrichment Program.
“I love it. I like to be with the kids. They keep me young,” Victoria says.