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What makes you happy at work?

Posted by anhptran on August 11, 2010

“I’ve been working for 21 years at Navy Exchange and I love it.” -Cordelia

“I love babysitting, and raised over 20 children, 2 are now in college.” -Mavis

Last night, 16 women joined a conversation about workforce. After introducing ourselves to our neighbors at Tuesdays Together, the group gathered in the backroom to talk about our diverse work experiences.

via @wildsproket

Barbara tells us the story of her love for fashion design. Back home in Jamaica, Barbara created a school to teach others about fashion design. One of Barbara’s students even started her own business. Barbara is interested in ways to empower others, and someone in the circle suggested “you should teach the group.” In a moment of mutual support, Barbara asked for support with Spanish lessons too.

The highlight of the evening happened towards the end. As Afi talked about her need for a job, Lynn immediately raised her hand. Earlier that day, Lynn has received a job opportunity, but it wasn’t a good fit for her. Instead, the job would be a great fit for Afi.

We’re beginning to see the power of the network in place. How do you build your personal network? Join us next week at Tuesdays Together, from 6pm-8:30pm at Catholic Charities, 12247 Georgia Ave., as we continue to explore our personal networks and build skills for jobs.


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