Gateway gives tools for grad to upgrade skills, career
Theresa Burns says training and education she received at Gateway provided the means to upgrade her skills, career earnings and future.
Theresa entered her career shortly after graduating from Gateway’s Administrative Professional program, benefiting from the practical experience, hands-on training and edge it gave her in the interview process. She’s since upgraded her wages, benefits – and opportunities for advancement.
“I really believe that it was because of Gateway that I was able to get this position so quickly,” says Theresa. “I was prepared because of my training and education at Gateway. I walked into the job interview with confidence that I could do whatever they asked me to – and I am able to so.”
Theresa says the skills she learned included training on technology she would see in her career today, professionalism and office skills in nearly every area.
“Gateway really showed me that anything is possible in my field,” says Theresa.
Theresa was an administrative assistant in the field of education for more than 20 years at the time – 14 as a supervisor – when she began looking for a way to upgrade her career and earnings to help out with the family budget. Time and again, she was unable to land a position in the corporate world.
Theresa finally realized it was a lack of training and certification keeping her from landing those positions.
“I couldn’t figure out why I was unable to get those jobs,” she says. “Finally, I asked, and businesses told they give greater consideration to those who have earned their associate degree. I knew then I had to better myself and earn that degree.”
She says while she knew much about being an administrative professional, Gateway provided her the training to refine her skills and update them for the current corporate workplace.
“I thought I knew everything about working in an office,” she says. “They updated my skills and I learned more than I ever thought I would know.”
Theresa says in addition to a new career with better pay and benefits, she was able to earn her degree quickly and affordably.
“This has also benefited us financially in that I can see myself being able to grow within the company I work at. And I’m able to do so because of what Gateway did for me.”