I interviewed Mrs. Regina Bowman, a semi-retired case manager/career counselor for the city Workforce Program, Job Link (personal communication, March 18, 2014). Mrs. Bowman spent 35 years with the city, 20 of those years at Job link and 15 years with the police department. The purpose of the interview was to discover how Mrs. Bowman selected career counseling as her profession or life’s purpose.
Prior to graduating high school, Mrs. Bowman confided that she received little guidance and direction from her parents or the school’s guidance counselor. Exercising her own judgment, Mrs. Bowman attended Livingstone College graduating with a degree in English. She admits that she was not very good in English, but maintained a good grasp on the literature component never relinquishing her aspirations of becoming an author. Receiving little professional development from academic advisors, Mrs. Bowman did change her major from English. When asked, “how she decided on a major”, she confided that “you pick what sounds good”.
Mrs. Bowman held various jobs before she acquired a position with the Police Department as a staff administrator. As an administrator, she prepared reports and various office duties. From speaking with Mrs. Bowman, it was apparent that while she enjoyed her job, it was fulfilling her needs. She contemplated changing careers. She knew she did not want to teach and she did not feel proficient in English to work as a reporter for the local newspaper. She realized that she liked working for and with the police department helping.
Helping sparked Mrs. Bowman’s career change. She attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University earning a degree in Human Resource Counseling. Upon completion, she transferred from the police department to the Workforce Development division within the city, Job Link. In her position as case manager/career counselor, Mrs. Bowman relished the opportunity to help individuals move from one point to a better point in their lives.
During her 20 years with Job Link, Mrs. Bowman realized that change is difficult for most, if not all, individuals. Before change and development can occur, addressing personal issues/conflicts is required. Not only did Mrs. Bowman aid individuals in exploring jobs, obtaining job skills, and finding employment, Mrs. Bowman received an abundance of opportunities to aid individuals conquer their personal issues/conflicts that hindered their growth.
After 35 years of employment with the city, Mrs. Bowman expected to retire with aspirations of not working, to enjoy life but the aspiration of not working was not in the cards for Mrs. Bowman. The world of work development needed Mrs. Bowman. She is currently working part-time at Technical Community College (TCC) in TCC’s Back to Work program. GTCC approached Mrs. Bowman because she is revered a Workforce Development Expert.
After speaking and processing the wealth of information Mrs. Bowman...