I Was Hired!
“The job training I received at DI helped me to learn job skills and gave me time to sharpen my English.”
My family came to the United States as political refugees. In our home country, my deceased husband had been a cabinet member of an overthrown political party. The World Peace Organization arranged for my two sons to attend the University of Utah; however, finding suitable employment for me was a challenge. I am a professional hair stylist, but my license was not recognized in the United States. I wanted to continue as a hair stylist, yet the approximately $16,000 tuition to obtain a license was well outside of my family’s resources. Having arrived with only the clothes on our backs, I soon accepted the reality that I needed a new career.
Two years after arriving in the United States, I was enrolled in the Deseret Industries training program. I have been so grateful for this opportunity. To show my appreciation, I have worked hard to prove myself and had almost perfect attendance. I then asked to learn to cashier so that I would have one more marketable skill.
The job training I received at DI helped me to learn job skills and gave me time to sharpen my English. I also learned how to put together a professional resume and make a good impression in a job interview. When I interviewed for a customer service position at a large department store, the HR person expressed that she was “charmed” by my smile and impressed by my preparation and commitment to work hard. I was hired on the spot.
“Having arrived with only the clothes on our backs, I soon accepted the reality that I needed a new career.”
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