Welcome to the first installment of “Ask Adrian Anything!” This is intended to give our readers an opportunity to communicate directly with our intern, Adrian, about his experiences in the workplace. It will be conducted in an interview format with Benjamin asking the questions provided by you, our readers!
Benjamin: How old were you when you started thinking about employment as something that needed to be planned out and prepared for? Who was part of your support system for this process?
Adrian: I was about 18 when I started the transition program through Glenbrook North High School. The first paying job I had was at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. I remember getting the job before my senior prom. I was just about to leave for it when I got a call from them saying I got the job.
My parents and the “job coach” were on my team. The main people that helped me mostly were my parents and for a while I worked with someone from NSSED. I also met with someone from Anixter North and it worked out well, but they suggested I work at Jewel Osco. It took me some time to accept the assignment but I went ahead and did it.
I worked at Jewel Osco for from 2012 to 2013 and then my family decided to move to the city.
This blog was written by Adrian, one of our No Boundaries participants. NO BOUNDARIES – Train for Work, Train for Life, a Search, Inc. enterprise, is a “first-of-its-kind” experiential on-land and on-line workplace training center for individuals with disabilities. Adrian has now become one of JJsList.com‘s interns, focusing on content development and social media.