For years she worked as a waitress and a cleaner: how a Ukrainian woman in the USA decided to change her profession at the age of 49
The relevance of the well-known proverb that it is never too late to learn was proved by Yaroslava Tkachuk by her own example. At the age of 49, a Ukrainian woman who has cleaned houses in the United States for years, completed a course and passed the exam for an American realtor's license. This is stated in the video. VOA.
“I had to mentally adjust myself that I could go through everything, that I wouldn't waste money,” says Yaroslava.
As soon as the Ukrainian woman received her license, the owner of the real estate agency in the city of Hunter (New York), where she lives, invited her to work.
The real estate market in Hunter has been booming over the past few years. Last year alone, Yaroslava sold 15 houses with a total cost of about $ 4 million.
“People from New York were probably scared of the coronavirus and everyone came to us,” says the realtor. - Last year there was no time even for rest. Real estate prices went up immediately. "
She says that such a profession is not easy, since it requires knowledge in various fields. She still experiences some uncertainty because of her imperfect English. It helps that there are many immigrants among her clients - Ukrainian Ruslan Pezhoga is one of them.
“I was shocked when I heard our accent. Then we switched to Ukrainian and I decided that we would definitely cooperate, ”Ruslan says.
Yaroslava Tkachuk came to the USA more than 20 years ago thanks to the green card lottery. She arrived without money, without knowledge of English and with two small daughters in her arms. The only one I knew was a relative who lived in Florida. He also invited her to go to Hunter - a small town where a large Ukrainian community lives.
Her first job was at the Ksenia Hotel.
“We worked all summer: we worked during the day, went to wash in the evening. The youngest was already falling asleep, I carried her into the room in my arms, ”recalls Yaroslava.
The first years in the USA, Yaroslava worked several shifts a day at different jobs. During the day at the hotel, in the evenings - as a waitress. For an hour of work, I received $ 4,5.
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“At first I worked in the kitchen, it was good there, but the waiters earned more. So I decided to try, although at that time I knew the language very poorly. But I learned the menu by heart, and everything was fine. She worked as a waitress for about 10 years, ”explains the Ukrainian.
Later I realized that cleaning the houses brings a lot of money. Since Hunter is a ski resort, many tourists come there and rent from locals. Yaroslava started it herself, and then she organized a small business.
“I was able to support two children, I taught them in colleges. And we visited Ukraine every year and went on vacation every year. I had enough money, I had no savings, but I always had money, ”she emphasizes.
While cleaning the houses, Yaroslava almost immediately met the owner of a local real estate agency. It was he who saw the potential of a realtor in a hardworking Ukrainian woman. And for 15 years he tried to persuade her to go to study.
“Every time he asked if I had gone to the courses. I tried to convince him that I did not know the language, and what should I do there then. But as time passed, my English became better, ”recalls the Ukrainian.
For three years in a new profession, Yaroslava has already developed a client base, which is very important for a realtor. Now she plans to obtain a broker's license, which will allow her to open her own real estate agency.
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