After high school, college didn’t seem like a reasonable goal for me because I had no idea how to pay for it. Instead, I ended up working three jobs. I helped out at the SeaTac Community Center, waited tables at an airport restaurant, and worked as a receptionist at my local YMCA gym. Eventually, it was too much, and I started looking for ways to pay for school. This led me to enlist in the United States Air Force Reserves. They helped me travel the world and fund my education. The Air Force sent me to tech school in Texas, and when I came back to Seattle, I learned that some of my friends were working at big name companies like Microsoft, Google, and Bank of America. I asked them how they wound up at these places, and they referred me to the Year Up program. I decided to give it a try.
My friends’ advice paid off, and through Year Up, I was able to get my foot in the door at Bank of America. From the very beginning, my experience at the bank was challenging and eye-opening. There was so much information for me to learn in a short amount of time. Thankfully, with the help of my coaches, mentors, and friends at Year Up and the support of my wife and family, I pushed through and started to thrive.
Working at Bank of America comes with so many opportunities. Each day I learn something new and move closer to being the person I want to be. Shortly after becoming a full-time employee, I was able to purchase my first home. Additionally, with the help of Bank of America’s Tuition Assistance Program, I recently began pursing a B.A in Business IT Management. It’s been a long road since high school, but now I have a career, and college is no longer out of reach. I’m confident in the path I chose, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for me and my family.