Single mom finds tech skills, job through IBM apprentice program
In 2017, IBM launched its first apprenticeship program to help close the technology skills gap. No college degree required.
from D. C. I've been here for about seven years. On day just a few years ago, I was a stay at home Mom. I was actually home schooling, mom. And, uh, my previous jobs include customer service, nothing in Tech whatsoever. And then my marriage ended. And I, you know, I found myself unemployed and without many options. And to make a long story short, I needed better for my family. I wanted better for my kids. So I went to Lambda School, which is a coding school, and, um, research apprenticeships once I got further along in Lambda School and the rest is history. Now I'm with IBM, And so you work salary, um, in terms of apprenticeships, and it sets people up for success. And the beauty of the apprenticeship is that it's earned and learned. So there are different apprenticeships. One of them is, you know, 12 months, depending on the career track. The other one is 24 months. You can accelerate like Brandi did, but, um, throughout that time you're earning, you know, while you have a mentor while you have. You know, of course, is that you're taking, um, learning kind of when you're shadowing people on other projects. You're earning a salary, Onda. Like I said, it's competitive. And then it sets you up for career success. E had faith. I'm a person that of faith. And I was hoping that something would happen. But I knew that it wasn't gonna happen by me just sitting back and doing nothing. E had to do my research. I had thio reach out. I'm an introvert, so I had to put myself out there. Um before I even apply to this apprenticeship, I reached out to other apprentices and got their perspective. Ask them about what I could do to prepare myself for the apprenticeship. So I did everything I could. Thio kind of make away from myself that I never, never in my wildest dreams that I think I was gonna be here. I really did