Graduate Spotlight: Akaila Powell on Finding a “Good Job Fit” and A New Career with Bank of America

Before her career in financial services, Greater Phoenix resident Akaila Powell had worked in hospitality, as a pre-k teacher, and as a family respite provider. 

But she was ready for a change. It was then that a friend who had worked in financial services recommended she explore opportunities in the industry. 

During an online job search, Akaila came across a posting advertising the BankWork$ program offered by training partner A New Leaf.   

Akaila applied for the program and completed the eight-week course in the spring of the 2017. 

What was her BankWork$ experience like?  

“The instructors were fun, and everybody was professional and knowledgeable and made you feel comfortable.” 

BankWork$ offers a job fair for graduates immediately after graduation where students interview with employers on the spot. Akaila knew she wanted to work for Bank of Americaand she did well in her interview; she soon received an offer.  

Since then, she has worked in a variety of roles at Bank of America, including Collections, Claims, and the Pre-Paid Debit department. 

For Akaila, her career path is a testament to the BankWork$ program. 

BankWork$ gives you a lot of confidence to be able to take on different roles and want to branch out and see what’s out there. They’re great at helping you identify what you’re good at.” 

And her advice for people considering the BankWork$ program? 

“I literally recommend it to everybody. It helped me be prepared to find a good job fit.”