by Ann Marie Clow
What a wonderful world in which we live, to be able to follow our interests, passions and talents towards the job of our dreams.
This is what we envision and strive for while participating in the Career Bridges program. A lot of time is scheduled on testing to find out where students excel, discovering their attributes and talents, while opening their imaginations in many different directions.
That experience propels them forward in finding work that is rewarding and pleasurable. The program gives you the tools to accomplish that goal by enhancing your job search and preparing for employer’s interviews and more.
I instinctually knew throughout my life what my talents were and tried to take jobs that would expand on my positive attributes. That is why I was excited when I heard about the Career Bridges job placement component. It gave me the opportunity to reinvent myself at a place of employment that was uniquely different from past careers with the incentive of getting paid.
A wise person said “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
On that fateful day when Employment Journey’s Stacy Dunn came and made a presentation to our Career Bridges class, a spark of exhilaration was ignited.
An inner reservoir of certainty bubbled up to the surface. I wanted to be a part of this successful organization which has been helping job seekers for 25 years.
The expression is ringing in my mind: “when the student is ready the teacher will arrive.”
Forty-eight years as a visual artist cried out for a rebirth of utilizing my other talents. I recognized through mentorship and my own dedication that the possibilities would be endless. I am determined to master as much as I can during this next six weeks.
My memories are of grade school when writing brought me so much enjoyment but art seemed to be my forte. I came from a long line of artists dating back to my great-great grandmother and great grandfather. It was only natural I followed that linage but I also recently discovered endless stories and articles that were written and published by my descendants of long ago.
Now, starting over is something we all have to do at some point.
Letting go of your old dogma, your old way of thinking is a sure way of laying the ground work for creating wonderful new opportunities. Sometimes golden opportunities only come around once in a life time. This Employment Journey is one of them.