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Andrew is a huge sports fan and loves local teams like Reds, Bengals, and Bearcats. He is also a big fan of music and is currently listening to a lot of 21 Pilots although he will tell you that AC/DC is his favorite band of all time. Andrew is always hungry to learn new things and plans to return to college in the future to study broadcasting.
Andrew had been participating in the Goodwill Work Adjustment Training program for over 7 years after attending college for a few semesters. Andrew’s involvement in Goodwill’s services is sponsored through Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services; a long-time referral partner. The partnership is based on helping individuals achieve their own personal success in accordance with their individual goals. Once Andrew decided that he was ready to move on to a community job, he was determined to find a job where his strengths would be utilized. Andrew is a hard worker and is very easy to get along with. He has a great personality and loves to joke around and make others smile. His Case Manager in Work Adjustment assisted him with a referral to Carol Prince and the Pathways program through Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.
Andrew worked closely with Carol Prince and his Goodwill Job Developer to develop a resume, complete applications, and attend interviews at a number of employment sites. He will tell you that the process can be discouraging sometimes, but it is worth sticking to the program and talking through issues with your support team. Andrew and his Employment Specialist finally got an interview at Sam’s Club as a greeter and Andrew was quickly offered the position. Andrew accepted the position knowing that this would give him the opportunity to utilize his great personality and make positive first impressions at the store.
Andrew said that he feels better about himself because he feels like he is contributing more to society when he works. He said that being able to get up and collect a paycheck makes him feel really good. Plus, he likes that he is gaining valuable work experience to be able to add to his resume in the future if he would want to move up or get another job.
Andrew stated “The best advice I can give to others that are looking for a job is to not be afraid to stick up for yourself, and to be selective with your job because it is your job.”
Andrews supervisor noted that “Andrew is consistent, has a great personality, and we are happy to have him as part of the team!”
Ohio Valley Goodwill congratulates Andrew Clark on his employment success and his self-advocacy in choosing the job that he really wanted.
To find out more about Goodwill’s Employment Services, visit http://www.goodwillemploymentservices.com