Participant's son pays it forward

Timothy Lam of is one of Career Collaborative’s newest volunteers. The staff pharmacist at Arbour HRI Hospital joins a dedicated and integral team of Boston-area professionals who serve as practice interviewers, online job search assistants, or job search, résumé, or interview coaches; facilitate our job search support group; and share their individual expertise with job seekers as a “Lunch and Learn” Presenter.

Lam has a deeply personal reason for volunteering at Career Collaborative: his mother was a participant who secured full time employment after completing our three-phase program.

“Now I’m giving back to the community by volunteering here,” said Lam, who staffs our resource room, assisting participants in the job application process and conducting practice interviews—one of his favorite volunteer duties.

“That really helps them get a sense of what a real interview is like when they get a call for a job interview,” said Lam, adding that he enjoys seeing participants continually improve upon their interviewing skills in the practice sessions over time.

“Most of them are prepared for the interviews by the end of the course and that’s kind of amazing,” said Lam. “And that’s one of the reasons why I love volunteering here, and if anyone would like to volunteer as well that would be great.”

It would indeed be great. Volunteers are key to Career Collaborative’s success. If you’re interested in helping others build careers that change lives and strengthen families, take a look at our volunteer opportunities and get in touch with us.