I was sort of tapped at my day hospital. It was about 6 or 7 years ago right after I almost exited this life. I adjusted my attitude, I had been clean and sober for a three months or more and med compliant and kept appointments. I guess that made me a good candidate for the program.
On paper, I barely graduated high school. But both my parents are teachers and somehow what ever they tried to teach me in life must have stuck. I did well on the placement test. I needed a little help at times with the english due to my word salad. But the math was easy for me.
Because I had NO real previous job experience and no collage under my belt, and only just started working on staying clean and sober I was told that I would be at the bottom rung of any job I tried for. My options were sort of sparse. Lots of warehouse work, lots of alone jobs, lots of repetitive task work. Janitor of the community centers came up. I grew up in the community centers around here. I knew almost all of them, I’ve swam at every pool in this city when I was young. So that appealed to me. There were 6 of us that got hired by the City.
The only girl I remember got a job doing edit work for the tourist board. She was in a room in the back by herself editing all the mailers, and advertising blurbs and tri-folds. She had some college english and better computer skills so she had a few more doors open to her. Now as she has gotten healthier I heard she got a promotion and is doing more front desk stuff and helping with city event planning. The Cherry blossom parade this year was down to her teams hard work.
So for a few weeks before the jobs posting officially opened, we were all offered classes on how to answer interview questions without drifting off topic, how to submit the resume, how to talk to bosses and how to fill in a time sheet. So there was a lot of basic skill training for me. Like I said, some of the others who already had work experience or a higher education didn’t need all this. But I did.
That very first appointment was lots of talk of having the commitment to do this, then the skill assessment then what options are open to us after the test and what we’re interested in.
The doctor who approached me was a very mellow guy, he didn’t seem pushy one way or the other. So I feel very lucky to be one of the six who got offered that chance.