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Ask Adrian Anything!

Posted by on April 19, 2016 - 8 Comments

Welcome to the third 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!

Please feel free to leave more questions in the comments or contact us on Twitter @JJsList or through Facebook!


Benjamin:  What kind of work did you want and why did you want to work?

AdrianAdrian:  I have always been told by friends and family that I am very helpful, so when it came time to look for a job, I figured something in the customer service side of things would work.  Working at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, gave me the chance to see how I could do in that particular side of the working world.  I liked working at the Gardens and when my time there was drawing to a close, I figured it would be tough to find something as good as that.

Well, I tried many things and after realizing customer service would not work directly, I thought it could be indirectly applied.  I guess that is also why I want to work because I am very helpful and wanted to find something that I could do to help others.  The Fine Line tile showroom, where I work now, actually found me.  To be honest, it caught me off guard in the beginning, but I saw it through and it worked out in the end.

So it goes to show, if you don’t give up too easily, eventually you will find what you are looking for.  Or it will find you, you never know.


Benjamin:  What is the best thing you feel about going to work?

Adrian:  When I started at the Fine Line, on the very first day, it was weird in a good way for me to say, “I have to go to work”.  For a while it was still weird to say it, but after a while the feeling washed away.

For me, the best part about going to work at the start was the sense of being apart of the working world.  It’s still a good feeling, however, now I’ve added the feeling of mystery.  When working in a big city like Chicago, there is always mystery.  You never know what could happen, so if you have an element of mystery, it makes working in a large city more fun.  Personally, I find life more interesting with an element of mystery.


Benjamin:  How do you communicate with your boss?

Adrian:  When the day starts, I usually ask if there is anything I’m needed to do right off the bat.  Just to make sure if there is anything new or more important to take care of first.  If there is nothing, then if I was working on something the previous day, I will continue to do that.  Since there is usually always something to do, I am usually busy.  Which is good because it helps the day move along.

I work well with both written and verbal instruction, which means I can remember certain things.  If there is a long list, then I would like to have a list so I can not only remember, but it helps so I can organize if something is more important than something else.  I usually talk with my boss or other people I work with and find out which task is more important then go from there.

Here’s a link to the first #AskAdrianAnything post!

Here’s a link to the second #AskAdrianAnything post! 


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‘s interns, focusing on content development and social media.


Alex tello says:
Apr 25, 2016

dear, Adrian
what colors are the tiles?

Triciai says:
Apr 25, 2016


Is there anything you don’t like about your job?

Tricia says:
Apr 25, 2016


Are you learning to tile floors and walls?

Alex tello says:
Apr 25, 2016

Dear Adrian,
do you work part time ? how many hours do you work every day?

Abegail Stahr says:
Apr 26, 2016

Hi Adrian, Abby here, I have a question for you, here is my question, my question is what is your role at Botanical Gardens of Chicago?

Abegail Stahr says:
May 03, 2016

Hi Adrian, I have a question for you, what do you do at Fine Line Showroom.

alex tello says:
May 09, 2016

dear adrian to ask you qusition about is program no boundaries, i coming mondays wednesdays for hours. to my google calender meeting

sincerelty, alex tello

Laurie says:
May 16, 2016

What was the interview process like for your jobs at the Chicago Botanic Gardens and Fine Line Tile? Were you nervous?

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