Nelson Leonor

Nelson Leonor

Employment Program Manager

Employment Development Department

Sunnyvale, CA USA

Being able to actually reach out to other people is what life means.


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Nelson Leonor


My road in life has been direct.
When I first started college, my goal was to just work hard and graduate because my main priority was to get rich.
I got involved with a youth group and realized there is more meaning to life than just making money—I discovered that connecting with people is what really brings me fulfillment.
I became a leader within the youth group, where I helped give guidance and direction to other youth.
I graduated with an engineering degree but I knew that I’d actually rather work in a space where I’m connecting with and helping other people.
I volunteered with the youth group for six years as I introduced faith within my life and got more guidance for what I wanted to do.
I moved to the United States from the Philippines when I was about 28 years old because I was following my fiancée and her family.
I now work as an employment program manager for the Employment Development Department.


High School


Employment Program Manager

I handle employment programs for workers throughout San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Benito counties.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

If you want to just get your foot in the door in this space, you don't necessarily need a degree. You just need about 60 college credits. However, if you want to be promoted to a manager position, you'll need a bachelor's degree. The major itself doesn't matter as much as just obtaining the degree. I also recommend doing your research. Look up the websites for the agencies you want to work for and figure out what their requirements are for employment.