Cheryl's Story

I’m Cheryl. I was married, had an education in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a beautiful baby girl. 

Then – I was divorced.  But since I had been a stay-at-home mom for several years with very little experience behind me in engineering I couldn’t find a job in the field. 

I decided to go back to school for my master’s degree and was accepted into UC’s DAAP College in their community planning program. Right before the program began, I became pregnant with my second daughter, but I went on. After my daughter was born, I suffered from postpartum depression. I had no income and my savings were quickly dwindling. 

I found my way to Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health for help with the depression. That program offered job finding services and career counseling too and they connected me with Dress for Success. 

The outfit my stylist helped me put together was what I wore to a job interview I had with SORTA -- and I was thrilled to be offered a job as a financial analyst! I was feeling better and had money coming in. I worked there for almost 2 years when my position was eliminated. 

I remembered that Dress for success offered help with resume writing and interviewing. That’s what I needed to dust off my skills. I used their Career Center and worked with a career coach, Judy Hill from DJ Joseph, who helped me re-write my resume. I went to classes to help me develop my interviewing technique and went to several mock interview sessions. With the help I received from Dress for Success Cincinnati I landed a job making 50% more than what I had been making at SORTA. I now live with my daughters in Indianapolis and work for NSG, a global manufacturer as an engineer!