Layoff Brings the Best Change According to Customer
Warren Career Center
“My journey began in Spring 2013 when I was involuntarily laid off from YP Holdings, LLC (formerly AT&T Advertising & Publishing). Unemployed and unsure of what my next direction in life would be, I registered with Michigan Works to utilize my TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) benefits. While becoming a Michigan Works client, my Case Manager, Amy LeDee was a great help to me. I knew I wanted to do something different from advertising and publishing, and the decision to return to school wasn’t something I wanted to do right then.
Over time, I decided I wanted to go into the Human Resources field. It was something I was familiar with and had some experience from my previous position. To gain needed experience and knowledge in the field, I decided it was time to return to school. I made an appointment to see Amy and discussed my options with her. It was with TAA benefits administered through Michigan Works, I could enroll with Davenport University Fall 2014, for the Master of Management program.
During this time, I found a part-time job with T-Mobile, which worked great for the upcoming fall semester. Returning to school, after being out for 10 years of obtaining my undergraduate degree, was a challenge. Having papers to write, posts to make, keeping a study schedule, I wasn’t ready. I started having doubt about returning to school. One thing, I had a goal, a goal I was going to complete. Getting my Master’s degree was a goal put off more than once and now was my time to complete it. I kept weekly contact with Amy throughout my journey. She provided encouragement and tips along the way…. thanks, Amy!
Then one day it happened, an opportunity for an entry-level Human Resources position. I was unsure about leaving T-Mobile, guaranteed employment and benefits for a temporary, no benefits position. I took the leap of faith, after all, I was enrolled in a degree program teaching me the skills I needed to get the position I wanted. I had been six months into my Master program. Glad I believed and had faith, 2 ½ years and 2 promotions later, I am a full-time Human Resources Business Partner with a company in Auburn Hills, MI.
Registering with Michigan Works, utilizing services and resources (TRA benefits, job resources, and counselling) they provided, helped me get the training/education needed for my new career in Human Resources. I am proud to say that Spring 2017 I graduated from Davenport University with my Master of Management degree. I accomplished my goal and gained a new career in the next chapter of my book of life.”
Valecia received Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) training funds for tuition and books for the Master of Management program at Davenport University. She also qualified for a TAA transportation allowance while she attended training.
Submitted by Amy LeDee