According to a new LinkedIn report, an increasing number of corporations are focusing on employee learning and development as one of their core improvement strategies. As employee development takes center stage, employers are realizing that not all employees process information in the same way and at the same time. This, in turn, has led to a surge in mobile microlearning.
Before Alain Carrera received job training from Goodwill, he was supporting his wife and three children by working in a warehouse where he earned a nominal hourly wage. The wages barely covered the family's modest expenses. Eventually, he and his wife decided that it was time to make a change.
Learning doesn’t have to end just because you aren’t engaged in a formal training or education program. Committing to learning one new thing in your field each day can not only help keep your brain sharp, but also improve your awareness of the latest industry trends.
So you’ve decided to apply to a degree or training program—congratulations on making the commitment to improving your long-term career and financial stability! One of the next steps to take after applying for the program is to seek out financial aid opportunities.
I found myself at my lowest point when I lost my father while still in high school. As a result, I felt the burden of needing to step up and fill my father’s shoes by taking care of my mom. Unfortunately, medical issues made this difficult for me to do. Eventually, I was told I was disabled and unable to work so I attempted to get on disability income with no success.
Eventually, raising four kids became too much for my 19-year-old mom, and I landed in foster care. Even then, I did okay in school. I was on track to graduate. But that never happened. I got into a fight at school – with a police officer. I was arrested. If I would have stopped for one second to think about it, I wouldn’t have gone to jail, but I didn’t think. I acted. The result was a year in prison. Adult prison, not 'juvie'.
Looking at how I could move forward in life and what my next step was, I knew that education was something that had to be done. As far as what I could do, I wasn’t sure. I knew that I had little money and I had little time, but I needed something that would catapult me into a career where I could support my children and move forward in life.
Martha Lugo is a graduate of Goodwill of San Antonio’s (TX) Good Career Academy. Prior to joining the program she was a Class B truck driver, but lacked the confidence to obtain a Class A license. Below she shares the experience, which led her to Goodwill and on a path toward home ownership.
President Obama delivered his final State of the Union (SOTU) address this week and as expected, he did not put forth an aggressive policy agenda for his last year of office. However, the President did touch upon a number of specific areas of interest to Goodwill® and the people we serve.
For policy wonks like me, 2016 is off to an exciting start. Congress wrapped up 2015 without shutting down the government, a threat of falling off a “fiscal cliff” is no longer looming, and there is a new speaker of the House. Of course this year there is a presidential election and a number of lawmakers have announced their retirements at the end of this congressional session, providing an opportunity for Goodwill® advocates to make new connections with policymakers.