In 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, Damon was laid off from his job at a call centre after 5 y of full time employment with glowing performance reviews. This came as quite a blow to his self-confidence and required major changes in his work/life schedule and balance.
While Damon qualified for the Canadian Economic Recovery Benefit and Employment Insurance, his is driven to work, to continue contributing to his community and to finding new roles where his skills and aptitudes can be applied.
Damon is a personable young man who has served for many years on the Asperger Manitoba Inc. board of directors and recently joined its adult peer support group. During his unemployment, he has added value to these, providing a first person perspective and lending his expertise with Twitch and Discord to launch channels dedicated to those with ASD in Manitoba. He has also participated in provincial and national projects developing resources for those with ASD by those with ASD. You can check them out here.
Over the past year, Level IT Up worked with Damon to build his confidence, develop his profile, hone his resume and interviewing skills and supported him as he considered, applied for and interviewed for various customer service roles in a range of companies.
Level IT Up also directly reached out to employers looking for Damon’s skillset and and provided some initial training to staff related to autism awareness and appreciation.
We are happy to report that Damon recently secured a fulltime term position with 24/7 In Touch working in the Manitoba vaccine call center. While this role is initially set to last for the next 8 months, Damon has committed to making himself indispensable to 24/7 In Touch so that future work at 24/7 In Touch will flow from this opportunity.
Congratulations Damon on your new job and congratulations 24/7 In Touch for your new hire. May your professional relationship be long and prosperous!
Nelson came to Level IT Up as a recent graduate of Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology’s Certificate program in Network and Computer Technology. With his previous work experience in the Geek Squad and as a Courtesy Clerk at Safeway/Sobeys, Nelson no only brought with him the technical skills needed for work in the tech sector, but also had great soft skills related to working with others. Through the training and assessment process, Nelson showed a strong preference for work in an environment where there are clear, concrete and concise expectations and instructions and worked very well in group settings.
As Nelson completed his training and assessment, an interesting opportunity for work at Parian Logistics came forward which required strong attention to detail, cooperating and collaborating with others, and troubleshooting hardware and logistical issues. During the walking interview, Nelson was able to spot and correct one of the problems on the floor and impressed those who were both interviewing and meeting him for the first time.
Nelson was hired and began work almost immediately. He continues to showcase his attention to detail, unique problem solving abilities and collaborative nature. Parian Logistics has also proved itself to be an rewarding and supportive work environment where employee needs are anticipated and addressed swiftly and employee engagement is of the utmost importance. Our thanks to Melissa Yankoski, HR Generalist at Parian Logistics, who has been a great contact and champion of workplace diversity. And congratulations to Nelson for his ongoing success at Parian!
Chris recently began working at Pricerazzi after completing the Level IT Up training and assessment process. He easy going nature coupled with amazing attention to detail, endurance and perseverence through both challenging and mundane tasks make him a great fit for the customer services representative position with this company. We are excited to see how well he will do in this new position.
Violet completed her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Winnipeg, where she excelled in her studies. Through working with Level IT Up, Violet was able to affirm her employability skills in the tech sector, gain some confidence and was quickly snapped up by Bitspace as a full-time software developer in March 2019. Since then, Violet has successfully launched two mobile apps and has been leading a weekly office crochet club.