Erica Rodriguez

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Career Advisor

erodriguez@youthjobcenter.org
(847) 864-5627 ext. 13

What do you like about your job?

My favorite part of my job is being part of the process of transformation. Our young people do some amazing things, and being part of that growth and change as a Career Advisor is super rewarding.

Where did you work before YJC?

Before working for YJC, I managed a small boxing gym in Evanston. Pow!

What was your first job?

At 14, I got my first job serving at a small ice cream shop.

Has your career path gone how you expected?

Definitely not. I’ve changed jobs and industries many times from working in a youth agency, cooking in a restaurant, working in a preschool, training people in a boxing gym, to teaching pottery classes and many more. What I know now is that I find youth work most rewarding and I will always be connected to that in some way.

Fun fact:

I was a competitive boxer (Golden Gloves Champion!) and now I spend time coaching other people who are getting their start in the sport.