When Sudha came to YES, she had already experienced a number of major barriers to employment even with her high level of education. Her original degree was in Instrumentation Engineering, which she obtained in India. Transferring her credentials proved difficult so she decided to complete a Civil Engineering degree at Lakehead University. After overcoming the credential barrier, Sudha met with another barrier when the pandemic hit. Restrictions meant that her young daughter was at home, completing on-line schooling. As the primary caregiver in the household, engineering positions that would take her out of town just weren’t an option. She decided to go back to school and study something that would allow her to work days once child care could be arranged. She took Computer Programming at Confederation College and graduated in May, 2021.
Sudha took a survival job at McDonalds. She worked evenings so she and her husband could coordinate care for their daughter. As time went on and child care outside the home became an option, Sudha was determined to find something related to her field. She had lived in Toronto and knew that the province had Employment Ontario offices there to assist job seekers, so she looked for similar services available in Thunder Bay. That’s how she found YES. Career Development Practitioner, Sharon De Benetti met with Sudha and when she heard her story, she was determined to use her job development skills to help her connect with long term, meaningful employment. Sudha was focused on administrative positions but her expertise gave her a leg up in the Engineering field. Sudha was familiar with the local engineering firms so when she saw an Administrative Assistant position on TBT Engineering’s website, she applied right away. There was a lot of competition for the job. It paid well, and she was hopeful. When she came to YES for her next appointment, she told Sharon that she had applied for the position.
Sharon followed up with TBT Engineering’s HR department. Sharon explained how Sudha’s knowledge and expertise would make her a perfect fit for the position. She also mentioned that she could provide a placement incentive for Sudha if they took her on. Sudha was thrilled with the effort Sharon put in to help secure an interview for her. She was offered the job and is grateful to be working in a position connected with her chosen field. Congratulations Sudha! We wish you continued success in your new position.
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Happy New Year, from all of us at YES Employment Services. The new year is filled with promise and new opportunities. If you are motivated to pursue career success in 2022, we are here to help. Connect with us and get yourself set up for success!
Congratulations to our Holiday Hamper winners. Christian took home our Youth Job Connection Holiday Hamper and Merle (pictured above) was the winner of our Resource Area Hamper. The draw took place on December 16th so our lucky winners were able to take home their hampers just in time for the holidays. Thanks again to the generous Leadership team and staff members who filled the hamper with food and goodies again this year.