COMPUTER APPLICATIONS CONSULTANT
YEAR UP CLASS OF JANUARY 2012
NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CLASS OF 2015

“My family and I moved here from the Dominican Republic when I was 16. While I didn’t know any English at the time, I managed to pick it up, graduate high school, and attend Salem State. I was the first in my family to go to college. (My mom really wanted to go herself, but she had to work to support us.)

Unfortunately, it turns out I wasn’t ready. The language barrier was still there and I had to work the whole time I attended, which led to me getting frustrated that I wasn’t doing well. I was about to drop out when a friend told me about Year Up. I figured I could start over again.

“The staff at NSCC helped me do what I wanted and was full of great communication and easy access.”

Attending Year Up was the best idea for me. I learned how to speak in public, tie a tie, give and take feedback in a professional way, and manage my time. I came from Salem to Boston every day and I was only late once. Year Up showed me what a real career would be like and it was better than being book smart but unemployed. So many people I work with now have a college degree, but have no idea how to succeed at work. They show up late, quit without calling, and worse.

During my Year Up internship, I had to learn something completely new almost every day. I became an expert at SharePoint, which allows companies to build an Intranet for files, and I worked with so many users on that application that they ended up hiring me. The job made me excited to keep learning, so I decided to go back to college, this time at North Shore Community College.

I loved NSCC. I was still working full-time so I took online and night classes. The staff at NSCC helped me do what I wanted and was full of great communication and easy access. Everyone was always there to help. This time, college was a great experience. I was focused and I graduated — with honors.

I’m not scared to learn new skills and now I work on different projects with different companies on different computer applications. I just finished a contract with a Japanese company, which hired me to help with their new HR system. I figured it out and helped all of these people from Japan learn how to use it. I even learned some Japanese. It’s a great feeling to do something that I like every day.”

“Year Up showed me what a real career would be like and it was better than being book smart but unemployed.”

Mario is just one of the thousands of Year Up graduates ready to grow their professional careers. Tap into top talent today.