Andrea DeBerry, an experienced program professional, found herself burnt out and seeking a career change. She connected with National Able Network to determine what path she would choose for her new career. Upon applying for and being accepted into the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program, she chose to enhance her skillset with creative technology. Andrea successfully completed training in programs such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, HTML5 and more!

We got in contact with Andrea to learn a bit more about her journey. Check it out!

Q: What were you doing before coming to National Able Network?

A: Before I came to National Able Network, I was a Program Officer at one of the nation’s largest community action nonprofit organizations. I seriously burnt out and was looking for a way to transition.

Q: Which services/workshops helped you the most and why?

A: The LinkedIn networking workshop helped me home in on my skills and explore the discovery of employment trends from the instructor’s perspective. Also, because my interest was in instructional design, they had great advice – like who I should connect with. I was able to receive the grant to get trained in Creative Tech from Directions Training Downtown Chicago. I’m already an intern for two companies, building my portfolio to position myself to the next level.

Q: What advice would you give to others like yourself?

A: Don’t give up…in times of distress, push through for this is the time to truly consume yourself with good and healthy stress.