Preparing for more than a job

Tyreese - JfL Graduate (Feb 2017)


My name is Tyreese Pleasanton, and my journey with Jobs for Life started at the beginning of 2017 when two of my mentors who I've known for a long time, Mr. and Mrs. Baione, told me about the JfL class in my community. I was a little reluctant on attending, but something in my head just told me to go. I knew what I wanted to do with my life but I was at a dead end in my job search. I was determined to move forward in my life despite my roadblocks. 


In the first class, one of the facilitators explained how the Jobs For Life class would benefit us and possibly even change our lives. We just have to put forth the effort to strive for the best. I knew from that point on that I was going to do my best to get the most knowledge out of the class as I could. 


It ended up being one of the best classes I have ever taken! It taught me not just about jobs, but about life itself. I could definitely relate to Joseph's story in class #4. Joseph was able to remain humble through all of his trials and tribulations, and he always followed Gods plan. He didn't let anyone or anything get in his way. I feel the same way as Joseph. The biblical stories told in the class really had a significant impact on my life.


Through the course of the class, I learned more about myself. I also learned from the Champions and Facilitators. The biggest thing I took away from the class was the fact that I could be myself. Sometimes I feel like I can't be myself around other individuals. One of my biggest roadblocks was not being able to talk about myself. I learned that I can talk about myself without coming across as bragging. Through biblical stories about the importance of work, assessments, and interview practice accompanied by public speaking. I learned to stay positive and humble throughout my search for better employment. 


Ray, one of the Facilitators/Champions gave us this piece of paper on what to say to employers during an interview. The paper gave suggestions on what to say and how to answer questions. Answering in the right manner to employers does make a difference in the job interview. 


I'm currently employed at the Residence Inn at Marriott located in Dover, DE. My job title is Guest Service Representative. I will be running the kitchen as well as working at the front desk. I will be crossed trained for everything. 


I've been on several job interviews before but I was unsuccessful on answering some of their prequalifying questions. After taking the Jobs For Life class, I was definitely able to answer their questions. For example: "Why do you want to work for our company?" My response would be, "I feel as though this is a great opportunity for me and I think this is the best platform for me to raise my skills and to also grow within the company.” 


A few Champions who stood out to me from the class the most were Ray and Angela as well as a few others. My Champions helped me focus on my career and goals. They told me that I can do anything I put my mind to. Building a Vocational plan will show me the steps on how to achieve my goals. 


I thought coming into the class that we were just going to be talking about jobs. My perspective changed when our class started talking about real life situations relating to the biblical stories. How we have to overcome roadblocks. This class changed my outlook on life. 


It's been an honor to be a part of this program. I want to thank Jobs For Life for everything that they have done for me. I will always follow God's plan!


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UPDATE:

Since his completion of the Jobs for Life class in 2017, Tyreese has since gotten married, found his desired work as a full-time substitute teacher, started his own business as a flute tutor, and has been accepted to the Masters Program at Wilmington University!

Before Jobs for Life, Tyreese thought he would always struggle to survive and would never find work as a music teacher. He was focused on just getting by through working at a local buffet restaurant and a fitness center. Now, he is providing for his family, working his vocation plan to achieve his God-given purpose, and returns often as a speaker and volunteer to encourage other Jobs for Life students. 

Tyreese is breaking the cycle of poverty in his family and we’re so proud of the hard work he has put into following God’s plan for his life.