Sheila's Story: Lessons Learned from the Career Workshop

At LDS Employment Resource Services (LDS Jobs), we'll help you become gainfully employed through education and networking with local companies.

In order to be closer to family, my husband and three-month old baby and I moved from California to Idaho. A short year and a half later, my husband’s job was affected by the recession, and his hours were cut back. To meet our family’s needs, it was apparent that I would need to re-enter the workforce. 

Before marrying and becoming a stay-at-home mother, I had enjoyed a successful career as a compliance officer. But even though I had years of professional work experience, I found my job search to be extremely challenging. I had heard about the LDS employment resource centers, so I decided to visit the Idaho Falls location to see what resources they offered.

Everyone at the center was very kind, and the staff invited me to attend a two-day Career Workshop.

As part of the workshop, one of the exercises was to write down everyone in my network. I struggled to write down just five people. Our instructor then explained that a network could and should include family, extended family, ward and stake members, friends, neighbors, and previous colleagues. It had never occurred to me that everyone I knew was part of my network.

Another amazing thing I learned at the Career Workshop was how important it is to prepare for job interviews. I hadn’t realized I should research as much as possible about a company before an interview. I learned to study what the company does, who the CEO is, the company’s mission statement, what is happening in the industry, and what the company culture is like.

I took the things I learned from attending the Career Workshop and used them in my job search. When I applied for a position at BYU–Idaho in the Career and Academic Advising Office, I researched the position and the department and spoke to someone I knew that worked on campus to learn more about the culture. After having a successful interview, I was hired! I later found out that the research I had done prior to being interviewed was one of the things that made me stand out as a candidate.

My current position as a career and academic advisor gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge with students, including teaching career workshops twice every semester at a local university. It feels great to give back to others. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father directed me to the employment resource center. The knowledge I gained from attending the Career Workshop has truly blessed my life.


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