"Before SER, I had gotten an interview with a bank. But I didn't get hired because they said they chose a more qualified candidate. That's what sparked my interest in the banking industry. I went online and that's how I found SER."
"My name is Osasu Oviawe. I'm 27 years old. I was born in Nigeria and I immigrated to the States with my mom to join my dad when I was six. I basically grew up here in Houston, on the Southwest side. I'm married, and I have a two year-old.
After high school, I went to San Antonio, went to UTSA. I initially went in to do biology. That was extremely difficult, so I changed my major to English. Then joined the Army. I was in the National Guard for six years. What drove me to join the army was I was lacking discipline. So I thought this was a great opportunity to gain discipline as well as confidence. So that's what really propelled me to take the steps to join the military.
After that, I worked part time at Wingstop, and part time at the YMCA while going to school.
I was working as a nursing assistant for the elderly in San Antonio and my husband got a job here in Houston, so we relocated. I was without a job and I was looking around. I was interested in becoming a teller, and before SER, I had gotten an interview with a bank. But I didn't get hired because they said they chose a more qualified candidate. That's what sparked my interest in the banking industry. I went online, on Indeed.com, looking to get a teller position, and that's how I found SER.
The BankWork$ program was a positive experience, because the end goal was to get a job. I was actually worried at the end of it. Would I really end up getting a job? Because from my understanding, I thought it was based off of your credit score. And I had a poor credit history. So I thought well, if it's based off of credit, I know I'm not going to get the job.
I got through the program, and we did graduation and the interview with the employers. Then I got a call back that same day telling me that I was hired. The objective was to get a job, and that's what I did. I'm going to be working at Wells Fargo.
My long term plan is to move up in the banking industry and to eventually get my bachelor's degree. I have a year left."
Information sessions take place every Tuesday at 1:30 pm at SER-Jobs for Progress - 201 Broadway Street, Houston, TX 77012. Call 713-773-6000 for more information.
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