Year Up Bay Area Alum
Class of July 2012
I grew up in a rough area where it was normal to hear gunshots and police sirens at night. Despite this, I was able to attend college at Sacramento State. However, I didn’t know where I wanted to go in life and I failed out. At 23, I was working in a machine shop for $12/hour with no path, no dream, and no future. When I heard about Year Up, I decided to apply because I saw an opportunity to better my life and the lives of the people around me.
Year Up taught me what it means to be a team player. I lived far away from the program site, so whenever my classmates wanted to meet before or after class, I hesitated. Soon, I learned how to prioritize my time to create space for opportunities. I also learned that making mistakes is fine— what I do following a mistake is what makes me who I am. Through Year Up’s training, I gained valuable technical skills and knowledge in quality assurance, which enabled me to succeed in my internship at Salesforce.
Going into my internship as an Application Support Assistant, I had no idea what to expect. This was my first time stepping into the corporate world. I was scared, but, it turns out, I had no reason to be. Working at Salesforce taught me to have faith in myself. My job forced me to be a self-starter and I pulled from the focus and independence I learned at Year Up to push the boundaries of my own success. I was able to teach myself new skills and I soon became a go-to person for questions regarding quality.
As my internship ended, Salesforce offered me a contract position, which I gladly accepted. Now I work as an Application Support Lead on the same team I interned with through Year Up five years ago. I love that I get to work on the web and stay up-to-date with the latest technologies. The best part of the job is my team. Salesforce has a strong culture of community where we support each other like family, which is important when you spend a lot of time with your coworkers.
Without Year Up, I’d probably be back in that machine shop wondering where all the opportunities are. Now, I’m planning on buying a house and growing with Salesforce. As my career advances, my goal is to provide others with the opportunities I received. Year Up offered me a future and the path to achieve it. From now on, my expectations for myself will always be the same: To do the best I can.