“When I began at DI, I was scared and felt inadequate.”
Before I started at Deseret Industries, my only full-time work experience was at a large store, which lasted only one week. I became so overwhelmed by not knowing what to do, I felt like I had to quit. Depression and fear of failure kept me from seeking another job. My life, however, came to a point where I had to have a job. There was no avoiding it any longer. I applied to a few places, but I didn’t have any experience or the skills necessary to be hired.
I sought counsel from my bishop and we talked about the many issues that were keeping me from finding and keeping a good job. Not only did I lack experience and skills, but I suffered with depression and powerful social anxiety. I have a brother who had similar struggles and was helped through the training program offered at DI. He has succeeded in his current job for more than six years, so something must have worked. I was referred to DI.
When I began at DI, I was scared and felt inadequate. My anxiety continued to plague me and I missed a lot of work. My job couches were patient and encouraging, willing to work with me. I was told that when I was present, my work was good and that what I was doing was helping others. The support I received allowed me to build the confidence I lacked and the skills I needed.
I am nervous to start my new full-time job, but I’m not terrified like I was. I know that I can be a fantastic worker. I know that I have skills and talents to bring to a company. I know that I have real worth as an individual, because I can finally depend on myself. I am in charge of my own life now. Thank you so much, DI.
“I know that I have real worth as an individual, because I can finally depend on myself.”
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