I started here at Empire in June of 2011. I am in the Specialized Associate Degree in Accounting program and will graduate in January of 2013.
In 2008, I was laid off from a business I had been in for 19 years. I discovered that while I held a management position and had years of experience, I could not find a job. As a matter of fact, one person working at the unemployment office told me that I would have a difficult time because I was over 40. 40?! I was 43 at the time and couldn't believe what I was hearing. I spent some time in denial and then feeling sorry for myself before finally, in March of 2011, I took a job making less than a third of my previous salary. By this point I was completely out of money and felt any income was a good income. It only took two months for me to realize something had to change. I called Empire.
By June, I was already attending classes and beginning my new career path. It was all so easy, and happened so fast, my head was spinning. While I wasn't a stranger to hard work and deadlines, going to school after so many years was more than just a little daunting. I thank the student mentors of the time (Lyndasue and Melissa), Carol and all of the staff here for making me feel welcome. My fellow accounting students helped to make me feel like I belonged.
My goal is to utilize both my accounting degree, and my background as a business analyst, to obtain a great position somewhere. I know without a doubt that the staff here, and education and confidence I have obtained, will ensure that I meet that goal.