Rhonda Rises Above
Rhonda is a wonderful mom who puts her heart into everything she does. As the devoted assistant manager of a local thrift store, she thought she had the career she’d always wanted. Then health issues got in the way. She came to FSC to put her family back in control of their lives, and now she’s putting other people in the driver’s seat at her new job with Koehne Chevrolet!
The hardest thing Rhonda had to do was find a new path. Once she decided on it, her wholehearted effort made everything else fall into place. John, an FSC Job Developer said that “Rhonda always wanted to get back into retail/thrift stores or put her automotive experience to use,” having owned an auto-detailing company.
Before long, Rhonda was back in the saddle, volunteering at a local thrift store. In fact, they were so impressed that they offered her a position as a Team Lead. Unfortunately, the ongoing job duties did not match her medical needs, making it impossible to keep this position. While Rhonda was heartbroken, she was also determined to dig down deep to figure out where she wanted to go in life. “It was a gutsy reassessment period,” John tells us. In the end, “she found her second dream job…hired by the city’s largest automotive dealer!”
Koehne Chevrolet immediately noticed Rhonda’s passion for the industry. She’s been working in their sales and customer retention department for several months now. She hopes to grow with the company and even feels more confident as a parent. Always the role model, she wants her story to show her son that there is always a way to rise above any challenge. Congratulations, Rhonda!
Positioned for Success
Ashley is a textbook example of professionalism. A few months ago, however, she decided that she wanted a new profession. She came to FSC to learn how to make that happen, and now she’s making homes smarter around Wisconsin.
“Ashley was already positioned for the career of her dreams but just needed the right connection,” says Alleigh, her Wisconsin Works case manager. Getting those connections became their focus. She volunteered in the front office at FSC, to earn a reference and sharpen her skills. They referred her to YWCA Women’s Career Closet to find professional clothing for interviews, and she practiced interviewing with her Job Developer, Craig.
It wasn’t long before she got a call back from WeConnect, a local smart home provider, who was eager to hire their newest customer support specialist. “Ashley feels like she has finally found her dream job,” says Alleigh. “She wants to keep learning and growing to continually improve her skills and hopefully move up in the company.”
Congratulations, Ashley! We’re very proud of you.