Laid-off truck driver reinvents himself as IT specialist
The Challenge: V was laid off from his position as a truck driver. His goal was to change careers so that he could be home with his family every night vs. going over-the-road for days at a time. He also had to earn a comparable wage in order to support his wife and two children.
The Solution: V took a Traitify assessment to discover occupations that would be a good fit based on his personality and preferences. Several occupations in the IT field came up as high probabilities for success. V qualified for the highly competitive specialized IT Cyber Security program at Harford Community College.
The Outcome: V successfully passed all three certification exams through CompTIA and is now a certified CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist and is employed by a Federal Contractor at Aberdeen Proving Ground and is doing well.
What V says about his SWN experience: I’m so excited to be a part of the success and I couldn’t have done it without all of your help.
*Note: We have withheld names to protect the privacy of the customers we serve
SWN successfully prepares laid-off parent of 3 for the job search
The Challenge: One SWN customer, who has three children, was laid off from a health technology company. The company had lost a major contract and had to downsize. The customer learned about the workforce center via unemployment and met with Clara, who helped the customer with the job search.
The Solution: Clara helped build the customer’s confidence, by providing coaching that prepared them to get back into the world of work. The customer attended a resume workshop; received coaching on how to interview; completed an Interviewstream; participated in an interview seminar and mock interviews; and was given a booklet with 100 hundred interview questions.
The Outcome: The customer had confidence and skills going into the job search and went on four or five interviews. The customer started a new career with the state of Maryland in April 2020!
What the customer says about his SWN experience: No matter how grim the situation appears, don’t give up on yourself.