“After being abruptly evacuated from my Peace Corps service in Ukraine, I found myself feeling lost and suddenly out of a job. My life was flipped on its head almost over night. I felt unsure about what I wanted to do and what I had to offer as a “sort of” Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and recent college grad. For a few months, while living at home, I had considered going to find a job in DC (my background is in International Affairs), though after my evacuation from Ukraine I wasn’t exactly in the mood to take big risks.
Then I found Ashley.
Next, I had a much better idea of what I wanted to do and confidence in what I had to offer, as well as the necessary tangible skills to pursue my goals. Although there were no guarantees, I went out to DC and employed Ashley's ideas.
Remembering her words of wisdom I networked like crazy and made real, mutually-beneficial connections with people. One of the connections ultimately resulted in a job; today, I’m working for a government contractor as a content manager. Ashley is quick to deflect any responsibility for my achievements, though I can say with confidence that if it wasn’t for this amazing individual I would not be where I am today.
I learned how to better communicate with others, leverage my past experiences, and network effectively.”