“My first step to any vocational goal was to improve my English.”
I spoke limited English when I first arrived with my family from Moldova. I sincerely wanted to learn the language, so I began by taking ESL classes at the local community college. I had a friend, who had been an associate at Deseret Industries and told me about the many opportunities available through the training program. After being introduced to a kind bishop, I was given a referral to this wonderful program.
I wanted to become a registered nurse. As I talked with my development counselor, however, we agreed that my first step to any vocational goal was to improve my English. As I worked in clothing production, I had an opportunity to practice my English with the staff and other associates. I was then moved to work as a cashier. At first I was nervous speaking with customers, but I persevered. In time, I became more fluent in the English language and was able to move toward focusing on my vocational goal.
After doing a lot of research, I modified my vocational goal and decided to enter a phlebotomy technician program. This program would provide me great employment opportunities and college credit should I decide to continue toward a nursing degree. I worked hard and was able to complete the program. I was offered a good job and gratefully accepted.
In less than 18 months, I have gone from barely speaking English to completing my professional goal and finding employment. Thank you Deseret Industries!
“In less than 18 months, I have gone from barely speaking English to completing my professional goal and finding employment.”
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