September 6, 2010
This week, our story comes to us from New Brunswick. The author, Lisa Porter, is from Saint John, New Brunswick. Lisa is involved in a project entitled TIES 2 Work, which facilitates matches between employers and potential employees through 12 weeks of job-specific, essential-skills training, and results in long-term employment. She is doing workplace essential skills training at Saint John Learning Exchange.
After finishing the TIES 2 Work program and finding out I did not get to continue working at the job placement, I was initially very frustrated and disappointed. I then went through a range of emotions quite quickly from angry.... well, maybe just angry, but I take great comfort in knowing that I have all of the wonderful people from TIES backing me up and helping me to figure out the next steps from here.
I feel that in this case the employer did not take the time to fully understand what the program was about and how it would impact the business.
If I hadn't been in the program I wouldn't have been able to accomplish moving, finding daycare and balancing work with life changes, at all. They have been vital in organizing my thoughts so that I was not overwhelmed with the changes going on. Without that I wouldn't have known where to start.
So despite the minor setback, the program was still a success for me because I am further ahead now than when I started, even without a job.