When I first heard of Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS), I was close to completing my bachelor’s degree in computer science at Kean University. As graduation day approached, I started proactively applying to jobs online, which is when I came across a software test analyst role WOS had posted on Craigslist. The job description intrigued me; as a kid, I tinkered with the built-in applications on the family computer and attempted to fix errors when they occurred, which sparked my passion for technology and problem-solving. My interest in the role grew when I discovered the employer was Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (HBCBSNJ), my mother’s insurance provider; I was eager to see how the company operated behind the scenes. After I applied, I was invited to interview for the WOS On-Demand program in December 2016, the same time that I graduated from school
Now, at age 24, I’ve been at HBCBSNJ for about a year and a half, and I couldn’t ask for a better work environment or coworkers. The leadership and team at Horizon are helping me pave a pathway to success, and I don’t believe I would have received such a strong foundation anywhere else. I’ve gained confidence in my ability to complete complex tasks and am pleased by the growth of my communications, leadership and analytical skills. WOS has aligned me with a professional role that generates unlimited opportunities for growth and development as I progress in my career.