A hardworking professional and mom with a passion for people-centered management.
When Ebani Thomas joined the Building Prosperity Workforce Cohort, she was a single mom with a 22-year-old and a 14-year-old.
Juggling motherhood while taking classes and looking for quality employment wasn’t easy, but she persevered as she always has—and discovered some of her own strengths along the way.
In the summer of 2021, Ebani will complete her bachelor’s degree in supervision and management, with a concentration in human services. She currently works for the City of Miami Beach under financial and customer service, helping residents in a variety of ways. Before that, she worked in hospitality and at a law firm. With her degree, she’s hoping to find a position, possibly with a consulting edge, that will leverage all her skills and strengths.
“There's no how-to manual to help you maneuver,” Ebani said. She appreciated the program’s open format, which allowed participants to get advice from the presenters, learn career-boosting skills, and have a place where they felt supported.
Ebani recalls a session in which a career advisor from FIU was helping the cohort with resumes and asking them about what they actually want to do. Having these conversations and meeting with her cohort each week helped her to recognize her strengths and to be “kind of fearless.”