Results tagged as "my first job"

  • On the Path towards Economic Success: The Impact of Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress through the eyes of Stella

    By Rosemary Byrnes, Senior Program Officer, U.S. Youth Economic Opportunities, Citi Foundation October 29, 2014 10:45 AM

    In March 2014, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress, a three-year, $50 million national commitment seeking to catalyze the economic progress of 100,000 low-income urban youth, ages 16-24, across ten of the largest U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

    The single largest commitment by the Foundation to date, Pathways to Progress is designed to provide youth with the skills and opportunities needed to succeed in the 21st century economy within four key paths: Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership & Service, Mentorship and Summer Jobs. The initiative contributes to Citi's broader mission of enabling progress in the cities where we do business and complements the work of our Citi for Cities initiative. Pathways to Progress is reaching more than 22,000 young people in its first year alone. In addition, over the past six months, more than 160 Citi employees have devoted their time and talent in support of the initiative.

    But there's no better way to explore the early success of Pathways than through the eyes of the participants. Below we share the fourth story from Stella.

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  • On the Path towards Economic Success: The impact of Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress through the eyes of Miles

    By Rosemary Byrnes, Senior Program Officer, U.S. Youth Economic Opportunities, Citi Foundation October 21, 2014 05:15 PM

    In March 2014, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress, a three-year, $50 million national commitment seeking to catalyze the economic progress of 100,000 low-income urban youth, ages 16-24, across ten of the largest U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

    The single largest commitment by the Foundation to date, Pathways to Progress is designed to provide youth with the skills and opportunities needed to succeed in the 21st century economy within four key paths: Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership & Service, Mentorship and Summer Jobs. The initiative contributes to Citi's broader mission of enabling progress in the cities where we do business and complements the work of our Citi for Cities initiative.

    But there's no better way to explore the early success of Pathways to Progress than through the eyes of the participants. Below we share the first story from Miles.

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  • Summer Jobs: The Path to Economic Self-Sufficiency

    By Daniel Alfonso, City Manager, City of Miami September 10, 2014 05:39 PM

    This post is part of a series inspired by Pathways to Progress, a Citi Foundation initiative that works with community partners, city officials and Citi employee volunteers to help low-income urban youth develop the leadership experience, professional skills and the workplace know-how they will need on their path towards college and careers. Follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Pathways2Progress.

    It's no secret: the summer season passes by very quickly for many, especially for high school students. They end their school year with finals, are free to enjoy their summer, a few weeks rush by and then all of a sudden, they are right back at their desks for another academic year.

    The City of Miami recognized that these summer months are incredibly important and are an opportunity for growth, which is why we implemented a program, with support from the Citi Foundation and the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund, to provide both financial education and employment to the City's high-school students. Our goal is to provide an experience that we hope will set them on a path to economic self-sufficiency.

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  • One Step Forward, Miles Ahead: Four Lessons from My Summer Job

    By Artem Matatov, Summer Jobs Connect Participant August 27, 2014 02:10 PM

    This post is part of a series inspired by Pathways to Progress, a Citi Foundation initiative that works with community partners, city officials and Citi employee volunteers to help low-income urban youth develop the leadership experience, professional skills and the workplace know-how they will need on their path towards college and careers. Follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Pathways2Progress

    I took one step forward - and then another, and then another - and before I knew it, I was standing in front of the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner's building in Manhattan. I spent six weeks of my summer break as an intern at this building, where my experiences would translate into lasting lessons that I took with me back to school and beyond.

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  • Insights on Embracing Change to Remain Successful

    By Diana Booker, Service Specialist, Commercial Bank Service Team June 12, 2014 01:36 PM

    To celebrate Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress, Diana Booker (Service Specialist, Commercial Bank Service Team) shares insights from her first job.

    I began my career at the age of 17 working at a clothing store in Springfield, Virginia. From this job, I learned to think critically and to embrace change - two lessons that have been reinforced through my various positions since.

    As an associate, my responsibilities included working the register, assisting clients in selecting clothing and maintaining the overall cleanliness and organization of the store. Prior to this role, my experience consisted of working at my high school bookstore, so while some of my duties were similar, others were relatively new to me.

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  • Insights on the Importance of Time Management - from Clothing Retail to Retail Banking

    By Nuno Francisco, Vice President, U.S. Retail Banking Business June 05, 2014 03:13 PM

    To celebrate Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress, Nuno Francisco (Vice President, U.S. Retail Banking Business) shares insights from his first job.

    As a junior in high school, I took a position as a stock room associate and weekend brand ambassador at a local men's clothing retailer in Newark, New Jersey. In addition to allowing me to become an expert t-shirt folder, the job prepared me for future success, teaching me to prioritize and manage my time effectively and about the value of teamwork and a client-centric approach to business.

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  • Insights from the Front Line on Showing Up

    By Robert De La Cruz, Analytics Senior Manager, Retail Services Customer Service May 28, 2014 11:49 AM

    To celebrate the Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress, Robert De La Cruz (Analytics Senior Manager, Retail Services Customer Service) shares insights from his first job.

    Looking back on my first job, the one piece of advice I wish I had was to show up. This may come as a surprise, but at the time it was a meaningful lesson and today I encourage colleagues to learn from my experiences.

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  • Insights on Building Exceptional Long-Term Client Relationships

    By Christopher J. Carroll, Management Associate, Citibank N.A. Mortgage Banking May 23, 2014 10:03 AM

    To celebrate the Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress, Christopher Carroll (Management Associate, Citibank N.A. Mortgage Banking) shares insights from his first job.

    At the age of 12, I took my first job as an intern at a small community bank in Phoenix, Arizona that catered to cattle ranchers and miners. The branch manager, Mr. B, and his colleagues volunteered at my middle school as part of the Junior Achievement program, and their passion for financial literacy and self-empowerment inspired me to pursue a career in the financial services industry.

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  • Insights from a Citibank Veteran - From Bank Teller to Market Director

    By Joe Wolff, Midwest Market Director, U.S. Citi Commercial Bank May 09, 2014 08:59 AM

    To celebrate the Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress, Joe Wolff (Midwest Market Director, U.S. Citi Commercial Bank) shares insights from his first job.

    During the summer of my sophomore year at Canisius College, I took a position as a teller at a Citibank branch in Buffalo, New York. This job served as a stepping stone to a long career at Citi: following graduation, I was offered a Management Associate position and have since been named Midwest Market Director. My success at the company began with the hard work and perseverance I exhibited during my first job.

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  • Insights from a Former Switchboard Operator on Learning to Listen and Lead

    By Lisa Deloney, Managing Director, Division Manager and Market President of Southern California May 06, 2014 10:13 AM

    To celebrate the Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress, Lisa Deloney (Managing Director, Division Manager and Market President of Southern California) shares insights from her first job.

    I was in high school when I landed my very first job, working as a switchboard operator at the Franklin Inn in Kelowna, Canada. Like many of my colleagues today, I have fond memories of my first job and attribute my current success to the lessons I learned early on.

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