College Degrees Help Young Moms Advance Their Careers


“I’m a young mom and would like to go back to college. How can Goodwill help me?” – Shauna from Montgomery, AL


First of all, I would like to commend you for wanting to further your education. Being a mom is challenging in itself! If you’re looking to go back to college, Goodwill can help you in exploring your options.

We would first need to explore your needs (financial, childcare, transportation, etc.) and make referrals to agencies if needed to ensure that the proper supports are in place to support you and your family.

Next, we would help you examine your interests and skills. Goodwill can give you an assessment test that will highlight your talents and give you direction on what fields are best suited to your abilities. You can also take some self-assessments online at www.careeronestop.

Once we know your interest and skills, Goodwill can recommend different avenues to achieve your goal. My Goodwill, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina (Winston-Salem) has several training programs which would be useful in getting a job and continuing the pursuit of your education. For example I had a client complete her CNA1 and CNA2 certifications. The hospital hired her and paid for her nursing degree. Success!

Goodwill can also help you identify local job trends. For example, industrial engineering is a growing field here in our area of North Carolina.  By intentionally pursuing in-demand careers, you can increase your chances of finding a job once you complete your schooling.

We can also help you set up informational interviews. While on line websites, such as, have great information, there is nothing like hearing what a job’s like from the horse’s mouth. You can find out the good, bad and the ugly, then decide if it is what you want to do.

Once you’ve identified your skills and career of interest, Goodwill can help you research colleges. You’ll find information on financial aid and which college would be best for your interest area.

If you need a job while going to school, remember that is Goodwill’s specialty! We are here to help. If you live in the Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; and New York City, NY, communities, be sure to check out Goodwill’s Beyond Jobs program, funded by a $2.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. This program assists single moms in getting job training and placement in certain areas.

Good luck on your new adventure! You are a great example for your children. Remember Goodwill is here to help guide you through the process and celebrate your success. That’s my favorite part!