"Be reliable, work hard, and never give up." This is a sample of the advice shared by a panel of speakers at Mock Interview Day, hosted by Goodwill’s Community Access and Supported Employment programs. These programs help individuals with developmental disabilities secure jobs in the community and they’re gaining widespread support. Active partners include quality companies like Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Home Depot and Fed Ex. The panel was comprised of participants who have benefited from the programs and are now working in the community.
They offered their words of wisdom to a room filled with eager job seekers who are hoping to follow in their footsteps. Currently many are preparing for a job in the community by gaining experience through Goodwill’s Work Services Program. This program employs 400 people with significant disabilities and provides training, enrichment and integration activities. Last year Goodwill packaged, assembled and processed more than 41 million units through the help of this amazing workforce. This was the same path taken by a number of those on the panel and now they couldn’t be happier serving as role models for success and encouraging their audience to follow their dreams.
It was inspiring to hear the thoughtful exchange. Many have been friends for years through Goodwill and there is a strong sense of camaraderie. The job seekers certainly took the advice to heart, but there was a message for all in attendance. This is a remarkable group of individuals with a lot to offer. Companies will surely benefit from such enthusiastic employees that are reliable, work hard and never give up.