My name is Raquel Beckford and I have been interning here for about 6, 7 moths now. And I go to school in the Bronx. I am an intern but I kind of see my job as more than just an intern. When I first started here it was the scanning, the filing, the copying, going to get coffee or fruit. But actually helping attorneys do actual stuff, it’s demanding. You can just expect that you are just going to come here and coast and not doing your job. People are watching you. It’s a great job, but not a job where you can coast. You have to actually lift your weight. It gives you, [redacted] which is also good because you feel like when you are working and get good feedback from people “oh my god, it feels great.” So, you feel proud that you are doing your job.
Q: What have you learned from working at ALB PC?
A: I learned so much. I learned how to work with people. That’s number one. I learned how to work with different types of people. I learned what it takes to work in Wall Street business. Usually a lot of my friends start from the bottom and then raise to the top if you think about it. So I kind of learned where I could possibly be as long as I work hard.
Q: How did you learn about ALB PC?
A: I actually got this job through a program that is on the ninth floor of the same building which is called Futures and Options. What they place you in different jobs based on your interests, different paid internships. They send my resume to a lot of placed and Adam, well, not Adam, Lori picked my resume and other girl’s resume and we got hired.
Q: What does the Raymond “Hap” Harrison scholarship meant to you?
A: It means I have to pay $10,000 less to go to college. My family generally doesn’t make that much money anyway, so this means a lot. That’s like $10,000 less that I don’t have to worry about. It’s $10,000 that is going to a good cause, a great investment and I am very grateful because I wouldn’t know where I could have gotten $10,000 from. And I feel like, I feel worthy of it because I worked hard for it.
Q: How else has ALB affected your life?
A: He’s gotten personal. He’s actually helped my mom with an interview because she hasn’t worked for a couple of years. So he helped her get a job. He’s helped her in that process. He even met me for my birthday. He’s very personal. He’s always there for moral support. I always feel like if ever need something I can go to him. To know that Adam is available is great. Personally, he’s helped me, just by watching him how he operates, wow, this is what it takes to actually run your own business and lead. So watching him I learned how, I/m not going to be like him but how to show leadership.
Q: How would your life be different without this internship?
A: I can’t even picture it. I always say that to my friends too, it’s kind of like “I don’t see myself doing anything else.” And if I was doing anything else, it would probably be nothing. I mean, this job it takes so much of my week because work three days a week. I used to work four days a week. but I’m taking harsh classes. When I’m not at school, I am at work. When I’m not at work I’m at school. This is the back and forth, sort of. I kind of dedicate time for it. For me to thing of something else: I would probably need another job but probably wouldn’t be as rewarding.
Q: How would your life be different if you didn’t receive this scholarship?
A: I would have to probably put aside [redacted], find jobs I am actually qualified for. It’s either that or I would have to take loans out which is not that good.
Q: What is the best aspect of working at ALB PC?
A: The people. I feel like when you get along with people it is easier to transition into a job and do it better. If you don’t get along with people you work with the job is not going to be enjoyable. A lot of people say “just block it out, just do your job”, it’s not that easy. You have to get along with people you work with. So that makes it easier. When I came in to the job, you know sometimes when you go to a job and they throw things at you and expect you to know, here it’s kind of like they help you along the way. So I don’t feel like I’m just being thrown at it or expected to know so much. They have high expectations but they help you through that so that you could fulfill your position.
Q: Any last words?
A: It’s changed my entire life if you really think about it. Financially. The good support system and I am always going to have him as a link. I think this link is never going to go away. He’s always going to be a contact of mine. So it pretty much changed my mind and the fact that I started working here right before the transition in my life – college – it’s great, because I feel he’ll always be there. I am very grateful for this whole experience.