“Investing in Yourself” – Norfolk Perspectives


>>>WELCOME TO NORFOLK
PERSPECTIVES CITY SLICE. I’M BOB BATCHER.
WE HAVE AN AWESOME EVENT COMING UP IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS THAT
YOU’RE GOING TO WANT TO BE PART OF AS WE TALK ABOUT INVESTING
YOURSELF. I DON’T NECESSARILY MEAN PUTTING
MONEY IN THE BANK OR GOING OUT AND GETTING A JOB, BUT IT’S
TRULY INVESTING IN YOURSELF AND COUNCILWOMAN ANGELIA WILLIAMS,
SUPERWARD 7, GOT TO SAY THAT.>>THAT’S RIGHT.
>>YOU SET UP A MEETING AND I INNOCENTLY WALKED IN AND YOU
WERE SHARING A STORY AS TO WHY YOU WANT TO GET THIS GOING, BUT
TELL ME WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT.
>>WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT IS HIGHER EDUCATION OR POST
SECONDARY EDUCATION FAIR FOR ADULT LEARNERS, INDIVIDUALS WHO
ARE ADULTS WORKING AND WANT TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL, AND FURTHER
THEIR EDUCATION.>>WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A JOB
BANK.>>NO.
>>WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT BRING YOUR RESUME.
>>NO.>>WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT
INTERVIEWING.>>NO.
>>WE’RE TALKING ABOUT INVESTING IN YOURSELF.
>>ABSOLUTELY.>>THIS IS PERSONAL FOR YOU
THOUGH, ISN’T IT?>>IT IS.
IT’S A LITTLE PERSONAL FOR ME. I RECENTLY WENT BACK TO SCHOOL
TO FINISH MY DEGREE AT OLD DOMINION AND I POSTED IT ON
FACEBOOK. AND SOMEONE SAID TO ANOTHER
FRIEND OF MINE, WHO’S NOT ON FACEBOOK, THAT MAYBE GIVEN MY
STATUS, I SHOULD KEEP THAT TO MYSELF.
SO I THOUGHT MAYBE I’D JUST TELL THE WORLD.
>>GOT YOU.>>AND HELP A COUPLE OF OTHER
PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY.>>IT IS SO COOL.
NOW, YOU’RE CLOSE BECAUSE I FOLLOW IT ON FACEBOOK.
>>I AM.>>YOU’RE CLOSE TO GRADUATING.
>>I AM.>>YOU GOT THE DATE DOWN AND
EVERYTHING.>>DECEMBER 14th I’M GOING TO
MARCH IF THEY HAVE TO DRAG ME ACROSS THE STAGE.
>>HOW MANY MORE HOURS DO YOU HAVE?
>>I’M TAKING THREE CLASSES THIS SUMMER.
>>IT’S SUMMER SCHOOL, YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO SLIDE.
>>NO, NO, NO. THREE CLASSES, SIX WEEKS THIS
SUMMER AND FOUR CLASSES IN THE FALL AND I’M DONE.
>>WOW.>>DONE.
>>YOU�– YOUR FAMILY WAS EDUCATED.
>>YES.>>AND SO YOU GOT THROUGH HIGH
SCHOOL AND THEN WHAT?>>AND THEN I DECIDED TO GET
MARRIED.>>OH!
>>BRIGHT IDEA.>>I THINK IT WAS A GOOD IDEA.
OKAY, SO THAT KIND OF�–>>THAT PUT, YOU KNOW, SCHOOL�–
I GOT MARRIED, MOVED WITH, WAS GONE FOR A LITTLE BIT AND THEN
CAME BACK AND I JUST HIT THE WORKING WORLD AND I WORKED AND I
REALIZED AFTER A WHILE�–>>AND YOU WERE DOING OKAY.
>>I REALLY WAS, I WAS DOING OKAY, BUT I REALIZED AFTER A
WHILE THAT IF I DIDN’T GO BACK TO SCHOOL, THAT THERE WOULD
ALWAYS BE SOME KIND OF GLASS CEILING, THAT I WOULD NEVER�–
I’D GET TO A POINT WHERE I COULDN’T GO ANY FURTHER AND THE
REASON I COULDN’T GO ANY FURTHER WAS BECAUSE I WASN’T QUALIFIED
ON PAPER.>>WOW.
I REMEMBER HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE IN A
POSITION, THEY WERE MAKING PRETTY GOOD MONEY, NO BENEFITS,
NO FUTURE, AND NO PLACE TO GO AS LONG AS THEY COULD LIVE ON WHAT
THEY WERE MAKING, THEY WERE GOING TO BE OKAY, BUT THE
OPTIONS ARE MORE AVAILABLE TO YOU IF YOU HAVE THAT DEGREE.
>>ABSOLUTELY, ABSOLUTELY. THERE ARE CERTAINLY MORE OPTIONS
TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE ADVANCED DEGREES, WHETHER IT’S A
BACHELOR’S DEGREE OR MASTER’S DEGREE OR Ph.D.
THEY’RE A LOT OF CERTIFICATIONS NOW AND SPECIALTY FIELDS THAT
PAY JUST AS MUCH OR MORE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE A
BACHELOR’S DEGREE OR MASTER’S DEGREE, SO WHAT I WANTED TO DO
WAS CREATE A PLACE WHERE ADULTS COULD COME AND GET ALL THE
INFORMATION THAT THEY NEEDED IN ORDER TO MAKE AN INFORMED
DECISION TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND PURSUE THE DEGREE OF THEIR
CHOICE.>>I WAS GOING TO SAY, BECAUSE
WHERE DO YOU START?>>I THINK AS AN ADULT, YOU HAVE
AN ADVANTAGE OVER SOMEONE WHO’S JUST OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL.
YOU HAVE WORKED FOR A WHILE AND YOU KNOW YOUR STRENGTHS AND YOUR
WEAKNESSES, SO IT’S A LITTLE BIT EASIER FOR YOU PERHAPS TO
PINPOINT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, BUT SOME INDIVIDUALS ARE JUST
TERRIFIED OF THE PROCESS, AND SO WE WANT TO TAKE THE FEAR OUT OF
IT. WE WANT TO CREATE A NICE WARM
ENVIRONMENT WHERE INDIVIDUALS CAN ASK QUESTIONS, GET THEIR
QUESTIONS ANSWERED, WHERE WE HAVE ALL OF THE COLLEGES,
UNIVERSITIES, COMMUNITY COLLEGES, BECAUSE I GRADUATED
FROM TIDEWATER COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SOME OF THE SPECIALTY
SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO BE THERE WITH CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
AVAILABLE, SO WE WANTED TO CREATE THAT KIND OF ENVIRONMENT
WHERE INDIVIDUALS COULD GET INFORMATION.
WE’RE ALSO GOING TO TALK ABOUT FINANCIAL AID BECAUSE IT
COSTS�–>>THAT’S THE BIG ONE.
>>OH, YEAH, IT COSTS MONEY. I PAY.
>>WOW.>>AND IT COSTS MONEY, YOU KNOW,
FOR NOT JUST TUITION, BUT FOR BOOKS AND SUPPLIES AND THINGS OF
THAT NATURE. SO WE’RE DOING TWO INDIVIDUAL
SESSIONS ON FINANCIAL AID AND WE’RE DOING ANOTHER SESSION ON
WHERE DO I START, IF I WANT TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL, WHERE DO I
START. THEN WE’RE ALSO GOING TO DO AN
INFORMATIONAL SESSION ON HOW TO�– ON THE UPCOMING FIELDS,
WHAT�– IF I WANT TO GO BACK NOW AND I’M REALLY NOT SURE WHERE I
WANT TO GO, WHAT’S GOING TO GET ME THE BEST JOB IN THE FUTURE.
>>THERE WE GO BECAUSE IN TODAY’S ECONOMY, IF YOU WERE
LOOKING AT AN EDUCATION TO ADVANCE A CAREER SO THEY CAN GET
A HIGHER PAYCHECK, I MEAN THAT’S THE DIRECT RETURN.
>>ABSOLUTELY, ABSOLUTELY.>>THERE’S STILL THAT PERSON OUT
THERE WHO MIGHT BE LOOKING JUST TO BROADEN THEIR HORIZONS AND
KNOWLEDGE BASE AND THAT CAN BE DONE TOO, BUT IT STILL COMES
WITH MAKING THAT FIRST STEP.>>ABSOLUTELY.
THAT’S ALWAYS THE CASE, ABOUT MAKING THAT FIRST STEP.
ONCE YOU MAKE UP IN YOUR MIND THAT THAT’S WHAT YOU WANT TO DO,
YOU HAVE TO MAKE THAT FIRST STEP, SO WE’RE GIVING FOLKS THE
OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT.>>LET ME TALK TURKEY HERE.
>>OKAY.>>IT’S CALL INVESTING IN
YOURSELF, NOT HERE’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO FOR YOU.
>>WE TALKED ABOUT FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOOL COSTS.
IT COSTS MONEY, SO IT IS AN INVESTMENT, SO ONE OF THE THINGS
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND IS THERE’S NOT A
QUICK FIX. THERE’S REALLY NOT A QUICK FIX
TO GOING BACK TO SCHOOL AND JUST, I DON’T KNOW, WALKING
AROUND AND SNAPPING YOUR FINGERS AND BAM, SCHOOL�–
>>IT ALL HAPPENS.>>RIGHT.
IT DOESN’T HAPPEN LIKE THAT, BUT I THINK IF YOU CAN SET REALISTIC
EXPECTATIONS AND UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS, THAT’S THE FIRST STEP
TO BETTERING YOURSELF AND INVESTING IN YOURSELF SO THAT
YOU CAN MOVE FORWARD.>>OKAY.
I’M GOING TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT BECAUSE I THINK BETWEEN THE TIME
YOU GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND DID SOME LIFE JOURNEYS, YOU
HAD THE EXCUSES DOWN PAT FOR NOT GOING BACK, RIGHT?
ONE OF THEM, MAYBE NOT EVEN THINKING ABOUT IT?
>>NOT REALLY THINKING ABOUT IT AND I ALWAYS HAD GOOD JOBS.
YOU KNOW, I WAS ALWAYS BLESSED TO HAVE REALLY GOOD JOBS.
>>SO IT DIDN’T SEEM RELEVANT.>>IT DIDN’T SEEM RELEVANT, BUT
HONESTLY, JUST GOT TIRED OF WAITING FOR SOMEBODY TO DIE OR
RETIRE BEFORE I COULD GET PROMOTED, SO I DECIDED I WOULD
GO BACK TO SCHOOL.>>HOW DID YOU DECIDE WHAT TO GO
BACK FOR? YOU WERE IN REAL ESTATE BY THEN,
RIGHT?>>NOT BY THEN.
HADN’T GOTTEN INTO REAL ESTATE. I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING AND I
WAS ALWAYS GOOD AT BUSINESS, SO I THOUGHT I’D GET A BUSINESS
DEGREE.>>SO YOU DID A VALUATION OF
WHAT YOU WERE GOOD AT.>>ABSOLUTELY.
I’VE ALWAYS BEEN A PEOPLE PERSON, ALWAYS LOVED PEOPLE, SO
ANYTHING THAT DEALS WITH PEOPLE, HANDS-ON, ONE-ON-ONE, THAT KIND
OF THING, I’VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY GOOD AT SO I STARTED OUT AS A
FINANCE MAJOR.>>WHOA.
>>I THOUGHT THAT SOUNDS GREAT, I CAN GET A GOOD JOB WITH THAT.
>>AND TWO PLUS TWO EQUALS FOUR, RIGHT?
>>I TOOK ONE INTRO TO FINANCE CLASS AND I LOVED MY FINANCE
TEACHER, BUT I KNEW AFTER THAT, THAT WAS NOT FOR ME AND I
CHANGED MY MAJOR TO MARKETING AND I HAVE LOVED IT EVER SINCE.
SO IT WORKED OUT REALLY WELL. THAT’S WHAT I MEAN BY BEING AN
ADULT. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOOD AT.
WHEN YOU’RE AN ADULT AND YOU’VE WORKED IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS AND
HAD DIFFERENT JOBS, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOOD AT.
AT 30 YEARS OLD, YOU PRETTY MUCH KNOW WHAT WORKS FOR YOU AND WHAT
DOESN’T, SO IT MAKES IT EASIER FOR YOU TO MAKE A CAREER CHOICE
AND THEN GO BACK TO SCHOOL, AND THEN YOU LEARN MORE BECAUSE I
GET SO MUCH OUT OF MY CLASSES NOW.
>>BUT FINDING TIME TO TAKE CLASSES.
>>WELL, ALL KINDS OF SCHOOLS, THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF SCHOOLS
THAT ARE GOING TO BE AT OUR EVENT AND THERE’S EVERYTHING
FROM IN-CLASS OR CLASSROOM LEARNING TO ONLINE CLASSES, TO
HYBRID, WHICH IS�– I’M TAKING A HYBRID CLASS THIS SUMMER, THIS
IS A VERSION OF SOME IN-CLASS AND SOME ONLINE, SO THERE’S ALL
KINDS OF OPPORTUNITIES. ALL YOU REALLY HAVE TO DO IS
WANT TO DO IT. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO DO IT AND
YOU MAKE IT A PRIORITY, YOU WILL DO IT.
>>SEE, THERE YOU GO AGAIN, YOU’RE PUTTING IT ON PERSONAL
RESPONSIBILITY.>>ABSOLUTELY.
>>AND THAT’S WHAT IT’S REALLY ABOUT.
>>THAT IS ABSOLUTELY WHAT IT’S ABOUT.
I CAN GIVE YOU THE INFORMATION, GIVE YOU THE FINANCIAL AID
FORM�– I CAN’T GIVE YOU THE MONEY, BUT I CAN GIVE YOU THE
FORMS AND GIVE YOU THE INFORMATION, AND AFTER THAT,
IT’S UP TO YOU.>>BUT YOU MAY NOT�– SOME
EMPLOYERS WILL HAVE A TUITION REIMBURSEMENT.
>>ABSOLUTELY. THE CITY OF NORFOLK HAS A
WONDERFUL TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM THANKS TO OUR CITY
MANAGER, WE BROUGHT IT BACK, SO A LOT OF EMPLOYERS WILL PAY FOR
YOU TO GO TO SCHOOL. YOU HAVE TO EARN A CERTAIN GRADE
AND THEY WILL EITHER REIMBURSE IT.
WE JUST GOT DONE WITH AN APPRENTICE FAIR WHERE COMPANIES
PAY YOU FOR ON THE JOB LEARNING, SO THERE ARE LOTS OF
OPPORTUNITIES AND THERE ARE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR
INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ADULTS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL.
YOU JUST HAVE TO WANT TO DO IT.>>SO JUNE 22nd AT SCOPE FROM
9:00 TO NOON, CONSIDER THAT THE FIRST STEP ACROSS THE ROOM.
>>CONSIDER THAT THE FIRST STEP HEADED TOWARDS THE STAGE.
>>HEY, THE STAGE ON DECEMBER�–>>DECEMBER 14th.
>>WHAT TIME, DO YOU KNOW YET?>>I DON’T KNOW, BUT I’LL
PROBABLY BE THERE AT 6:00 IN THE MORNING.
>>GOT TO START PRACTICING THIS. I CAN’T REMEMBER S IT OVER HERE
OR�–>>I DON’T KNOW.
>>WE’LL FIND OUT ON JUNE 22nd AT 9:00 AT SCOPE.
>>THANK YOU.>>THANKS A LOT FOR BRINGING TO
THE CITY OF NORFOLK. THANKS FOR JOINING US.
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