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Chasing Career Goals

Mt. Clemens Career Center

Growing tired of entry level jobs in food service, Jermel Pack came to the Michigan Works! Young Professionals in June of 2016. At nineteen years old, Jermel was looking for assistance with beginning a career.

Jermel was no stranger to Michigan Works! services. While he was in high school, he worked with the Foster Care Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). During his work experience with SYEP, Jermel discovered how much he enjoyed working as a custodian. It was because of this positive experience that Jermel reached out for additional help.

Jermel utilized many resources of the Young Professionals. During the empowerment phase, he attended many workshops and talent tours. He learned about job searching, résumés and interviewing. He was frequently in the Michigan Works! Career Center.

When transportation became a struggle, the Young Professionals provided Jermel with a monthly bus pass so that he could continue to job search and make it to appointments. He then moved into a Paid Work Experience at Sunshine Thrift for a three-month period. During this time, he developed excellent work skills and polished his professionalism.

Shortly after completing the Paid Work Experience, Jermel was offered full-time employment as a custodian at the GM Technical Center. Since April of this year, he is happy to finally be working full-time and reports that his job is going great.

He also expressed gratitude for the accountability the Young Professionals Program provides, stating,

“It helped me become more productive and helped me to step up.”

Jermel’s next goal is to save enough money for a new car.

By Katie Weirts