Denerio Watkins
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Well, I’ve just moved to Chicago 6 months ago. During this time, I managed to get into an apprenticeship program for young adults and it was going so well for me, it was something I enjoyed and fun. Now as it comes to the end, I’m only offered a sales position at a retail store (AT&T) and they have so many other partners. I’ve been in retail and corporate sales before, so in my head, I’ve wasted my time not to mention the AT&T I was put at is a 2 hour commute taking the CTA for me. Now, I’ve wasted 6 months and I’m looking for different jobs at the moment. I have friends that help and an interviews coming up as well but I just wish I started this when I first moved here. It’s more of a frustration with myself because I wish I did job hunting instead now.

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about 3 years ago
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Alan Fisk

Keep your head up. Every thing happens for a reason good or bad.

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Cassandra Madgett

The unemployment office has many opportunities such as training and programs you qualify for. Please look into it and keep pressing. I know it's hard and so easy to become discouraged. It's a minor setback and God will see you through.

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Wabda Foxx

Ive told many others to get a job 1st once you relocate. Nothing is promised but dont give up Whatever your Apprenticeship is someone will hire you even if its in Distribution get your foot in the door Somewhere. Keep Pounding

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Judy Matlock

That is dirty. They needed you to meet a minority quota. Once they did they didn't need you so they tucked you away, far away and out of sight. You may have a case in discrimination against them. I know many people think that discrimination issues are a blanket excuse, but it does legitimately happen all the time. And now all the racist bigot redneck idiots have a leader to follow around like lost puppies. The president does it so they have been given a hall pass to be evil. Check it out and post what you find. Wishing you a very successful career hunting excursion. Good luck.

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Diane Elizabeth Butler

Denerio, I understand. I'm looking for employment as you are looking. If it will help you, though I do know what type of job or industry, I can forward you some of the Job emails that I receive on a daily basis. One of the jobs might be a good fit For instance, "Chicago Transit Authority" is hiring per the emails I received and you can review the "illinois jobs" website. You can google these two company names to start. I hope this helps fuel your momentum. Much Success to you.

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Arletta Donato

First and foremost...stop whining about how things didn’t go the way you thought they should. The negative attitude will cloud over your evaluation of the skills that you learned during that apprenticeship. Apprenticeship are often long term with minimal pay. You are learning, that is the purpose of apprenticeship. Second, it is Chicago, and yes traffic and transportation can be a bitch.. I sit in traffic for hours too, so again this is another nonissue. What did you learn with during that time? It sounds looks you found something that you really like?! So make that your starting point, your ground zero. The time was not wasted because you found what you like and I assumed were good at, but others see your skills in a different light. I suggest and I know it’s hard to retrain the thought process, but look at it from a the employer point of view. Remember in any job it’s always what you can do for them, the company. Try to find unique skill sets from that experience and translate it to what businesses need. You will find the doors will open wide if you open up your thinking to accommodate a wider view of the business landscape. It will not be easy, so don’t give up. After a 199 no’s, you will find that yes.. and in the end that’s all that matters. Good luck

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I'm sorry that this experience made you feel like you wasted your time. Hopefully, your apprenticeship helped you to gain some valuable skills that you can take forward to another company where you feel more valued. Despite the setback, the tools you gained there can still help you! All the best with your search and keep us updated on your progress. We are rooting for you!

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