“I think working at a non-profit really humbles you. And lets you appreciate what you have in life and lets you set your goals. At a non-profit I learned how to deal with people from all walks of life. It gives you a different perspective. A perspective that lets you see the bigger picture of being able to help someone to change their life as a whole.”
“I'm from Houston, Texas. Born and raised in the East End. I've been living here for 23 years, and I love it - wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I have a fun-loving family, still have sit-down dinners every night. My mom is a teacher, my dad works for CenterPoint Energy, and I have an older brother. It's really, really great to be back from college and being able to spend time with them. I definitely missed them. So it's good to be back home.
When I was in high school I applied for a Bank of America internship thinking it was going to be an internship at a bank because I was going to study business (I'm a business major with a leadership minor. I have a degree in management from Baylor University). But it turns out it that what they did was let students, rising juniors or rising seniors, work at a non-profit. And I worked at the Houston Food Bank. And that's how I met [Bank of America Community Relations Manager] Patti Abshire. I really like being involved with the community, and Patti told me 'hey Nick, I know that you really love the Houston area, the Second Ward area, so you should come and look at this opportunity we have at SER, because it's right up your alley.' And I thought it was great. I really love giving back to the community, and working in my own back yard is pretty much my favorite thing to do.
At SER, I basically helped [SER Program Manager] Yazmin Guerra and [SER Program Coordinator] Imicuk Loyuk run the Bank of America Summer Youth Internship program. We helped design the two-day job-readiness course for them. A lot of the youth, they're very new to the workforce. So it was about teaching them professionalism, etiquette, simple behavioral things you should and shouldn't do in the workplace. I did it one year with Yazmin, and one year with Imicuk. And they're both awesome. They're great people to learn from, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to learn from everyone at SER.
I loved being able to connect with people and knowing that you're making a difference in everyone's life. I mean, at the Houston Food Bank it was really cool because I knew I was making a difference, but I didn't get to see it first hand. But when you're actually working with people and you're seeing the impact, even if it's just like, 'oh hey, you're getting your paychecks today,' that paycheck can be them saving for college, them helping put food on the table, or even just enjoying themselves. It’s making someone happy and making a difference.
I think working at a non-profit really humbles you. And lets you appreciate what you have in life and lets you see a vision. And it lets you set your goals. Because one of the things I want to do is, I want to be a consultant. So at a non-profit I learned how to deal with people, and how to deal with people from all walks of life. Because it's not one situation that's ever the same. It allows me to just dig deeper. It gives you a different perspective. A perspective that lets you see the bigger picture as opposed to 'hey, I want a $200, because I want these shoes.' More like, 'I need to save these $200 because I want to go to college someday.' And that's the bigger picture of being able to help someone to change their life as a whole.
I graduated from Baylor on May 16th, then I started at SER on Monday the 19th. My last day there was July 8th, and my first day at my job was July 11th. I never stop, or take a break. I just keep going. I don't like to not work.
I now work at a startup called Enjoy. What we do is, we bring experiences to people through technology. If you put an order for any sort of high-end tech product, we can deliver it within the next 4 hours and teach you how to use it properly, as opposed to 'I'm just going to use my iPhone to text, call, and send pictures.' We'll teach you how to use the GPS, how to air-drop, how to do things that you wouldn't normally know how to do. It will make your life easier.
The coolest part about my job is that we actually launched in Houston about a month ago. So I got to be a part of the team that launched the company here. I got to be a part of a lot of ups and downs, and figure out the kinks of how things work. And it's run pretty similarly to a non-profit, which means that all hands are on deck, which is really cool. I think just having that factor of not knowing what's going to happen in any given day is fun. Similar to a non-profit. None of my days have been the same so far.
Things are going very well. I'm pretty happy where I'm at. Eventually I really want to go to grad school for consulting, but for right now, it's just a fun place to be. In Houston, at home, with friends and family. It's great.”