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Domonique's Story

Hi. My name is Domonique Eastland. I'm going to be a senior at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington. Last spring I was a Career Ladders intern where we had seminars every Monday. In the seminars, we learned something new every week, for example, writing a resumé and practicing interviewing, which happened at the beginning of the semester. Me and my friends were the hard-headed ones in the class; we sometimes did not want to go – we would have preferred to stay at school with all our friends. But after awhile I just said to myself that it is time for me to grow up and be a part of a program that is going to benefit me in the future. To do Career Ladders you have to be loyal to the program.

Later on in the program I was assigned to work at the Seattle Art Museum. I was a school tour guide as well as did things like data entry, helping kids in the art studio, and just running errands. My supervisor taught me a lot about work habits and how to work with people. Later down the line I met up with a company named WorkSource [the One Stop Center that hosts The Job Connection]. At WorkSource they help me find work; we went out and got applications, and they helped me write cover letters and prepare for job interviews. During this time, I had two interviews: one was at Target and the other at Nordstrom. The interview at Nordstrom was successful and I got a job stocking clothes. When I was not involved with the programs I never got a job. This whole experience with the programs has been great , making all the hard work I went through and will go through in the future worth it.

Contributed by Domonique Eastland, Seattle, Washington.


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