Andrea Dispenza recently participated in NYC Life After AmeriCorps *VISTA, sharing her story about making the transition from AmeriCorps to job hunting in NYC.
Life After *VISTA provides currents VISTAs with:
• A clearer understanding of the marketable skills that VISTA builds
• Strategies for translating VISTA experience into résumé language
• Resources for career exploration, job searches, educational opportunities, travel, continuing in the service field
• Connections to the national network of AmeriCorps Alums
The event was facilitated by Ben Nowell, a Support Center Volunteer Facilitator, and hosted in partnership with Corporation for National Community and the NYC Coalition Against Hunger.
There were eight stations where current VISTAs could hear from “experts from the experts.”
Andrea Dispenza and Frances Wood, both former VISTAs with the NYC Coalition Against Hunger, had a particularly popular station, Job Hunting as an AmeriCorps Member: Where to Look & How to Tap Your Connections, because current VISTAs could really see themselves in them.
They said talking to Andrea and Frances made them feel better about where they are now in their lives and also greatly expanded the options they were considering.
Most were just thinking that if they did not get a job at the site where they were serving, they didn’t know what else they would do.
Now they are thinking about other options and feel empowered by the experience they’re getting during their VISTA year. They see the many places their current work could lead.