On December 18, three graduates from the Niles North Bridges Program, which provides adult transition services for students with disabilities ages 18 to 22, returned to North to share their job experiences and to offer advice to current students.
Myesha Jones, Cameron Garrett and Dantriel Wilson, all Niles North Bridges graduates from 2017, shared their insights on the working world, managing their time, and balancing work and a social life.
Jones works at Carson’s and provided some interview tips, such as “good eye contact and a good smile.” She said her job is important to her because, “I want to provide for myself, have money to hang out with friends, and to help my family.”
Wilson, who works at Goodwill five days a week, said that he has “learned to be more responsible, and budget his money.” He has to deal with difficult customers sometimes and he “likes to meet new people and make new friends.”
Garrett, who is considered somewhat as the “official spokesperson” for Bridges, has represented the program at School Board meetings and at the Business and Education for Students in Transition (BEST) Resource Fair for students with special needs, has been employed at Jewel-Osco for four years. He said that the Bridges Program has been quite helpful in his current success, citing the attention to planning bus routes, volunteering for Feed My Starving Children, as well as visiting various locations within the community. Important tools he learned from Bridges: “to ask for help, stand up for and speak for myself and learn to make healthy choices.”