I never really knew how to communicate professionally or sell myself in an interview, but with the management and development team at Per Scholas, I was able to build on my mindset, my character, and my technical skills. I am grateful for Per Scholas in many ways.
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Tara had multiple interviews and job offers lined up before graduating from Per Scholas in November 2019. She first took a position with Global IP Networks. With her training and experience with Per Scholas, Tara was able to land a technology position where she was able to provide for herself and her children. She was in a woman’s shelter in Houston when she found out about Per Scholas and decided to make the move to Dallas with her father to enter the training after facing many challenges in life.
Tara credits the Per Scholas Dallas management team for making such an impact on her life and experience as they connected her with resources such as child care and funding for materials like a personal computer. “What motivated me was knowing that I have this support to help me succeed, that others believed in me. Everything was up to me, but they helped me get to where I am now – where I didn’t even see was an option before,” Tara stated on how the support from Per Scholas motivated her to push through the training for a career in tech that would impact her beyond financial stability.
After graduating and moving to Austin, Texas, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. In a time where there was much job uncertainty and layoffs, Tara was able to keep her tech career and also received a raise amid the pandemic. She reflects on how Per Scholas helped her beyond her technical training, “I never really knew how to communicate professionally or sell myself in an interview, but with the management and development team at Per Scholas, I was able to build on my mindset, my character, and my technical skills. I am grateful for Per Scholas in many ways.” Next up, Tara plans to receive additional certifications and learn coding.
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