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It’s hard to believe that it was just seven years ago when I was living in my car relying on food stamps to feed me and my toddler [“Vote: Is Wal-Mart’s wage hike enough?” Business, Feb. 20]. I couldn’t find a job and was desperate to work anywhere. That’s when I submitted an application to work as an overnight stocker at Wal-Mart.

I was reluctant to work for the company, but looked at the job as a way to get myself back on my feet. It wasn’t too long after I started when I realized the opportunities available for career advancement. I was promoted within six months and, within a year of joining the company, I was completely off of government assistance.

There is so much potential to build a long-lasting career at Wal-Mart. I see other associates around me that all want to be successful but don’t know how to gain the skills needed to get to their next step. Wal-Mart is committed to assisting and helping where it’s needed most. This rings true with the retailer’s most recent announcement that there will be a stronger focus on hiring, extensive skills-based training for hourly associates, compensation and scheduling. Also, Wal-Mart’s President and CEO Doug McMillon announced that early next year all current associates will make $10 an hour or more.

I am proud to work for a company that believes in its people and rewards hard work. They see potential leaders who will surface as tomorrow’s management teams and commit to investing in them, just like Wal-Mart did for me.

Sierra Hinds, Covington