Sunday, April 17, 2011


This was another one- of- those-slow-weeks. There were no new clients as such so Tuesday and Wednesday ( days we help clients with job readiness, applications and resumes) was activity free. As one of my colleagues told an employment specialist, we're open for business! So what did we do? This week we searched for schools where clients can take classes and learn new skills - I learned that you can get a degree in carpentry-. Hopefully that pans out well. A few clients also came in for the food handlers card.

Monday was a different story. I requested for some interpreters over the weekend to help with the clients that would come in on Monday. Somehow the request was not processed and so we had no interpreters for some of the clients and these clients came in by 9am. Thankfully, I was able to speak to my colleague who orders the interpreters and she saved the day. Monday's class started late but it went well and I was grateful.

Lesson learned: Follow up on your responsibilities (that's one of the first lessons you learn in school and at work) and why I did not do that last week beats me. I got lucky and I realized that I may not be that lucky next time.


  1. We have all been there before where somehow the "ball" was dropped and we find ourselves in a tough spot. Very lucky they were able to bring it all together for your class on Monday glad it worked out. I bet we would be surprised if we knew exactly how many different things it is possible to get a degree in. Underwater basket weaving anyone??

  2. I have learned just what a key role interpreters play, even for somebody who believes they have a great grasp on English. I say this because, many times, it is still difficult when native English speakers don't realize they are using what might be considered "slang," or eluding, and not being direct enough.

  3. @ Brady: Thank you. Underwater basket weaving! wow
    @ Anne: I know you can relate. I remember spelling a word for a client and she told me I was wrong and that's not how it's spelled in her country- I am ok! and there's somethings we say and think nothing of and they take offense at. Now I'm really grateful for the language aides and interpreters.