Employment Services and Second Career Wendy Hennessey

The journey to full-time employment has been long and not always easy for Wendy Hennessey of Brockville. However, the Employment + Education Centre has been there with her every step of the way. Her use of the Employment + Education Centre’s services started several years ago, when she accessed employment counselling. “Career counsellors helped me to put my resume together,” she explained. “They helped me see skills I didn’t know I had. When I first got there, I didn’t feel like I had anything to offer.” Wendy added that she was helped by EEC to get first a part-time job and then a full-time position once she felt able to take on that much responsibility. As well, she took advantage of the Computers for Job Success program to make sure her skills were up to date and utilized the agency’s resource centre. When the time came to look for full-time employment, Wendy again used an Employment Coach at EEC.

She is now the manager of the O’Mally Kourt Fudgery (a candy and ice cream store) in downtown Brockville. Wendy credits the Employment + Education Centre staff with helping her develop the confidence necessary to apply for that job. “Confidence was built into me by my coach at EEC,” she emphasized. “Everyone is always so encouraging and so positive.”