Grateful for a Business Partnership
“I have gone from a career with a dubious future to one with security and possibilities.”
I was a welder for 25 years—until I developed sciatica nerve pain. After I was let go from my job, I survived on unemployment while I went through treatment and physical therapy. I knew I needed a new career and sought employment counseling at the LDS Employment Resource Center.
Meeting with a counselor at the center, I took a battery of tests to help me narrow down a new career path. I was then able to work with my counselor to formulate a step-by-step plan for a rapid transition from my job as a welder to that of a certified CAD technician.
With help from relatives, I returned to school. Fortunately, I found a position to support my family during this time. When I completed my course work, I was unable to find an employer willing to hire me since I had no job experience as a CAD technician.
Once again, the LDS Employment Resource Center was there to help. LDS Employment, in a program funded through Deseret Industries, provided me with a business partnership. They arranged to pay my salary for up to three months at a local company so I might receive on-the-job experience. With this practical experience now on my resume, I began receiving calls for interviews even before the partnership was over. The company I was working for actually decided to hire me full-time rather than have me go elsewhere.
I have gone from a career with a dubious future to one with security and possibilities. I actually make a better salary now as a CAD tech, than I did during my 25 years as a welder. At LDS Employment Resource Services, I found a staff of professionals who follow a higher calling. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in this important program of the Church.
“I found a staff of professionals who follow a higher calling.”
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