When Ngozi I. immigrated to the United States in 2019, she wanted to pursue a career in nursing because of her experience taking care of her grandmother when she lived in Nigeria.
She met Cecily from the Skills Career Access team through a presentation about Skills’ Credential Connection program at the Adonis College of Nursing, where she was taking classes at the time. She was interested in the opportunity and asked for Cecily’s contact information to learn more. Once they connected, Ngozi applied for the program, was accepted, and started her training and mentoring with the Skills team in August 2022.
Since then, Ngozi has passed her nursing state exam and started working at the University of Chicago Medicine in February 2023. We spoke with Ngozi about her career journey since being hired as a full-time Nursing Support Assistant.
How was your experience working with the Skills team?
Once I passed my nursing state exam, Cecily and Yesenia [from the Career Access team] helped me with my application and interview preparation. They walked me through the interview process, what to expect, taught me how to be patient, and helped me with my resume. Not only were they very helpful, but they also encouraged me and were there for me.
How did it feel when you were offered the position with UChicago Medicine?
I was so happy and proud of myself and Skills. You guys were the middleman and made it happen for me.
What opportunities has this job provided for you?
UChicago Medicine will provide me growth financially and career-wise. If you want to go into medicine, UChicago Medicine is one of the best. You are exposed to so many different things, learn a lot, and in terms of career, this is a great place to start.
Would you recommend Skills to other job seekers?
Sure! I already told my friends because Skills makes it so easy. I initially wanted to work at a smaller hospital, but Cecily talked to me about more opportunities. Skills opened my mind to possibilities and opportunities available.