Follow Your Dreams and Dare to Do the Impossible!
Submitted by: WIA Dislocated Worker Participant, Kristina.
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After graduating from high school, I attended Northcentral Technical College and earned an associate degree in Residential Design. Then in December of 2008, due to the economic downfall, I lost my ‘dream job’ of designing homes. I was distraught at first, and didn’t know what I was going to do. I thought about staying in the same field but after a lot of applying, I soon discovered that the job market was worse than I originally had thought, and it had become extremely difficult to find a job within the housing industry.
After personal debate, I decided to go back to school, but this time I thought about obtaining my bachelor’s degree. Never in a million years had I thought that I would go back to school, let alone go for a bachelor’s degree. I contacted the Job Center, attended the Dislocated Worker’s informational meetings, and my future just took off from there. In August of 2009, I enrolled in Upper Iowa University and changed my career path 100%. I decided to try the Human Services profession. And, not only did I try it, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in May of 2011 in Human Services and received a Social Work certificate as well!
Due to my status of being a Dislocated Worker, I was able to really focus on my schooling. I had always been a B to C average student, but with the Dislocated Worker Program’s help, I was able to graduate summa cum laude. I was a straight A student all through college at Upper Iowa. I was able to obtain my Social Work certificate, complete a 400 hour internship, and am now in the process of obtaining my Social Work license. Although there were struggles along the way which I am sure that anyone on unemployment can relate to, but in the end it only took me four months to obtain full-time employment.
WIA is a wonderful program for anyone willing to do the work to get their life back on track. Bob Bauer, my LETC, Dislocated Worker Program case manager, was wonderful to work with as were all the other people I met who were involved in helping me coordinate my training program. They were all extremely caring, compassionate, and understanding.
I am currently employed with Forward Service Corporation, case managing the W2 Program at the Marathon County Job Center. For once in my life, I am able to give back and help others who are in the same situation I was once in. I can tell them there is hope and to remember to not look back, because they are no longer moving in that direction. Follow your dreams and dare to do the impossible! If I can do it, I know that anyone else can too!