June 5, 2019 – The Power of Personal Connections

Work It Wednesday!

Continuing our conversation about success on the job, and the belief that recognition for a job well done should happen throughout the year, we are  sharing success stories once a month. We are calling this “Work It Wednesdays”, and offer today’s story.

If you wish to share a success story with us, please send them care of Michelle Sparling at michelles@networksfortraining.org.

The Power of Personal Connections…
June 5, 2019 – Ashley G.

Ashley G’s story speaks to the power of social capital and personal connections. During her job search, Ashley went out community mapping with her job developer, Julia. When they drove by Swenson High School, where Ashley had graduated 4 years prior, Ashley excitedly talked about how much she loved her school, and named several teachers who had made a positive, lasting impact on her life. Julia and Ashley then discussed the possibility of working at Swenson, knowing that it would be a supportive environment. Ashley offered the names of two of her favorite teachers, Ms. Lynch and Mrs. Brough. When contacted, they fondly remembered Ashley and happily set up a meeting. Everyone agreed that the school would be a great fit for Ashley, and the teachers helped make the connection to the Head Custodian.

Picture of Ashley working at Swenson High School
Ashley G. working at Swenson High School

After a summer of coordination with the district’s recruiter, paperwork, background checks, and the other hiring protocol, Ashley began working at Swenson High School in August 2016. As part of the Custodial team, she is responsible for important role of cleaning and maintaining classrooms, hallways, and bathrooms throughout the school. Ashley is ecstatic to be in a comfortable environment where every day she can continue to interact with the teachers who have inspired her so. 

We’ve all heard the term “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. Ashley was able to secure a job she adores by making strong social connections during her formative years. She is much happier working in a supportive community environment than when she was at the workshop. She loves seeing Ms. Lynch, Mrs. Broughs, Mr. Williams, Mrs. Carter, and the many other teachers who touched her life, and they are proud to see Ashley hard at work and living an everyday life. 

~Submitted by Community Integrated Services (CIS)