In Esvin B.’s own words.
Hello, my name is Esvin B. I’m 29, and the oldest of two. Growing up, I never had a stable home. We would move from friends’ houses to womens’ shelters to sometimes living out the car. I remember once I even attended school for only ONE DAY and moved the next. It wasn’t until high school that my family became more stable. I graduated top in my class in 2010 from Westfield High School and worked the minute I graduated. I guess because of lack of stability growing up my dream has always been to buy a place I could call home, for not only myself but my family.
In 2020, during the pandemic, keeping money coming in was difficult because my job wasn’t considered essential work. In 2021, I got sick and was out of work the whole year. Luckily, I did have savings and a stimulus to help with necessities. It was during this time that I came across SERJobs online. I was looking for work I could apply to and saw this website. I clicked it and saw that they offered classes and coaching for free. I almost thought it was a trick but I took a chance and was happy to see it was real, not only real but very VERY productive.
The coaches, the instructors, the class structure were all amazing! I was able to learn and make connections that I otherwise would not have been able to have. I am very grateful for what SERJobs provided, and I thank God every day for putting that link in my path.
Even before I graduated I had sent out applications to multiple banks so it was easy to continue with the process after I graduated. I also felt more prepared for all the interviews I had and even more excited with every call I got back.
Currently I am gearing up to start work in my new career at Bank of America in February 2022, and I can’t wait to see how much more I grow and learn in the process. With my new career and support from SERJobs, I know I will achieve that dream I had as a child and have my forever home.
Remember failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue… that’s what’s important – to take chances and to try again if at first you don’t succeed.
Soon after graduating, Esvin expressed interest in meeting with a financial coach to work on his financial goals, including creating a budget and balance sheet, as well as learning ways to build his credit.
SER staff looks forward to learning of Esvin’s future endeavors and celebrating all his successes!