I moved to the Seattle area a little more than six years ago to teach 3rd grade in Auburn. I joined Seattle Works quickly after I moved to meet new people and make connections in Seattle. Over the last several years, I’ve volunteered with countless non-profits through the Team Works and Hot Projects programs. I fell in love with New Orleans while helping with the rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina. Seattle Works Day is one of my favorite days of the year. It is incredible to see so many people come together to make our city a better place for everyone. Each and every one of these projects and events has touched me and affected my life. But when I reflect on my time with Seattle Works, I am most grateful for my time with The Bridge.
I started The Bridge during my fourth year of teaching. At the time I was soul searching and trying to decide where I saw myself in five years. While I loved my students, I wasn’t sure I had it in me to teach for decades. At the start of The Bridge, we each took a behavioral assessment online through True Life Coaching. Shandel Slaten, the CEO of True Life Coaching, taught one of The Bridge sessions and went over our individual results to the assessments with us. I’ve always been a fan of personality assessments, but these were different. These assessments identified what motivates me professionally and how I interact with coworkers. After reading my personalized assessment, I began to understand the reasons I wasn’t finding fulfillment in teaching. Shandel made time to speak with me personally after that class and confirmed that education might not be the best fit with my professional motivators and drivers.
I made the decision to change careers in The Bridge class, but Seattle Works’ impact on my career success didn’t stop there. I needed samples of my work, and I couldn’t think of a better way than to promote the organization that I love. I started by writing a press release for Seattle Works Day and then built a whole marketing plan along with social integration for the same event the next year. I have been thrilled to help develop and shape the Seattle Works social media plan over the years. I am forever grateful for the connections and experience Seattle Works has given me. I wouldn’t be where I am today in my career without Seattle Works. I’ve had so many incredible experiences with Seattle Works, and that is just one example of how this organization has changed my life. I know I am not alone; Seattle Works has touched many lives.
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