Meet Patricia Goode
Patricia Goode, Manhattan Beach resident, was laid off from her job as an Assistant Program Director with Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo in November 2013. She had a clearance and many years of engineering experience, her thought was finding a job wouldn’t be too hard.
Being laid off lead Patricia to seek services like the Torrance One-Stop Business & Career Centers and Right Management. She enrolled with the Torrance One-Stop Business & Career Centers and got assigned a career counselor who challenged her to think differently. The One-Stop offered her Project/Program Management training at UCLA Extension, it gave her a credential to showcase with her experience and extended her unemployment period while she completed her certificate.
Outcome and Benefits:
Having the certificate showed her commitment to improving herself and updating her skills while
she was applying for jobs in four years. Patricia is now a Project and Systems Engineer at the Aerospace Corporation.
“Make a job of finding work. Keep getting up each day like you are going to work. Network by going to job fairs. Volunteer. Try a weekly group focused on finding work like Monday Morning Starters in Manhattan Beach. Have a plan outlined and follow the plan. Update your LinkedIn profile regularly. Develop an elevator speech. Develop a list of companies you want to work with and educate yourself about those companies.”