Growing up, we didn’t have very much. I was born shortly after my mom’s 16th birthday so, as you can imagine, she couldn’t afford to send me to a babysitter. Even still, during this time my mother paid for school while studying and finished college all while raising a toddler. She is the definition of grit and determination, my main source of motivation. I had a great childhood and I didn’t even know of the struggle until I got older.
Once my mom got married and had my sisters, I started having problems at home. I was sent to a group home. Once I left the group home, education became my enemy. By the age of 17 I had already been to 10 different schools but when my friends were graduating high school and making plans for college or university, I went into construction. Fast forward nearly a decade, I decided to get my GED while working in my trade as a cement finisher. I would go to the school for 3 days a week and work 4 days a week. When I got my GED, my boss offered me a raise and a promotion to become a foreman. I took it!
I thought I was set, but I started feeling weird and lightheaded all the time and began having seizures every month. I was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy and told by my doctors that I could not continue working in my trade. I was lost, I became depressed but I looked into going back to school and began applying for jobs. On Indeed, I saw an NPower Canada posting offering the CompTIA A+ certification for free. It was exactly what I needed. I applied, got accepted and I set my mind to it.
Having guest speakers talk to us about their jobs and how they got there with excitement was very encouraging to me. Going on site tours gave us an opportunity to experience the culture of the office. The workload at NPower Canada, although seemingly overwhelming at times, gave me comfort in being uncomfortable. Taking on so many things at once forced me to prioritize effectively.
Before NPower Canada, I had no real experience in IT, I simply had an interest and an openness to learn. Sometimes all you need is a little encouragement with good people behind you and you’ll learn the mind is an amazing thing. What you believe is what could be, what you do about it is what makes you. Without the opportunity I was given at NPower Canada I would have never been the person I am today.