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Ready to work: Sonia Aguilera

on September 24, 2010

Ready To Work is a new series of profiles featuring people in Richmond who are looking for jobs. With unemployment at 18.5 percent, Richmond’s residents have a rich array of untapped skills. In this and coming stories, Richmond Confidential focuses on the people and potential in the city’s economy. -Editor

Sonia Aguilera

A mother of four, Sonia Aguilera peppered her speech with smiles as she explained that everything she does in life she does for her kids; that they motivate her to succeed. In an effort to set an example for them and earn a degree, she enrolled in college to get her real estate license. She worked steadily until the housing market crashed, leaving her to look for new work. Aguilera recently worked for 4 months for the U.S. census, but after the completion of her project she is now ready for the next opportunity.

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Aguilera says that she is, "continuing to move forward."

Her words:

“Where there comes a challenge or stumbling block on the way, you either go over that stumbling block, or go around it, but don’t stay there waiting for it to move. You’ve got to be the one to move. I’m here to let my children know that you don’t stay stuck, you get up and you move forward with your goals.

I love working with people. I’m a teamwork kind of person, and I like to be in an environment that would help me grow as much as I’m able, to contribute to that company. So I’m here to offer what’s in my power to do for that company and at the same time grow through it and with it.

They [her children] kept me going and they were my motivation to set the example for what it is to be part of something—family, community—just bring the best out of what you do, because whatever you contribute in life, that’s your legacy, right there.

Just to keep myself going, physically and mentally, I enrolled in a dancing class in college and it helps me to release some of the concerns that I have, not having a job. It just helps so much.

I’m a person that doesn’t lose the hope that there’s something out there for me.”

  • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • Experience with MS Word and Outlook
  • Curriculum preparation
  • Job training for disabled students
  • Customer service
  • Property sale and rentals
  • Educational research direction
  • Type 45 WPM


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