In January, I registered for the D.C. Summer Youth Employment Program to get a summer job. I registered early this year--because I knew there are more kids than jobs in times like this. Two years ago, I registered for the program and worked as an aide at Rabaut Junior High School. But last summer I registered late and was not able to get a job.
Over spring break this past March, the people of the summer youth program asked me to come to a training session. There they told us about resumes, how we ought to dress for jobs, and other tips. They told us that if we understood this information and were responsible in these training sessions, they would try to refer us to private-sector job openings.
It worked! Two weeks ago, the law firm of Smith, Bayer & Eig called the Summer Jobs for Youth Campaign and pledged a summer job. This is a new law firm, and they were looking for some extra help over the summer to assist with the typing, filing and telephones.
The job will help my plans. I hope to go on to college when I finish at Coolidge next June. My goal is to get into medical school and become a pediatrician. I know, though, that I cannot do that without some money for schools, books and living expenses. That is why I have been taking typing classes for three semesters. Right now I am taking business typing, and have a B-plus average.
I also participated in a Junior Achievement program last year sponsored by Woodward & Lothrop. A group of students, with help from the sponsor, forms a company and markets a product for a period of time. Our company raised and sold plants. We started by selling stock in the company and finished by adding up our profits (and we had to do everything in between, too). I think that by knowing more about business and how it operates, it will be easier to find work.
I am really looking forward to working for Smith, Bayer & Eig. It is a little bit scary, but they have been very nice and are sure I can do the work. I am sure that I am going to learn more from them in one summer than I have in a long time. It feels good just knowing that they think I can do the job.
There are two people who got me going in this. One is Margo Moore, my typing teacher at Coolidge. If I did not know how to type and do a business-letter format, I could not have gotten this job, and Moore is the one who taught me.
Most important is my mother. She and my father both work and have always been pushing me on. Her encouragement has always helped. She got me through last summer when I did not have a job, and pushed me to learn the skills that got me a job this time.
Smith, Bayer & Eig . . . here I come!