As a sophomore in high school, Lausen Libbers tried hard to find a job… but no one would hire him.
For all those applications I turned in the closest I came was one interview, but they didn’t hire me because I’d never worked before.
After enrolling with Vocational Rehabilitation, Lausen became enthusiastic about the possibility of getting some paid work experience during his upcoming summer. Vocational Rehabilitation worked with a local resource provider who found a restaurant that allowed Lausen to work there for several weeks.
That changed everything for me. I went from no job to being able to get a job after that because I could put down something on my application.
Lausen went from his restaurant learning experience straight to a blueberry farm last summer. This fall as a junior he obtained a job at a natural food store on his own where he now works on weekends. He is looking forward to this upcoming summer before he starts his senior year because now that he is eighteen, Voc Rehab can help him with a work based learning opportunity in a welding setting which is where he would like to work after graduation. Getting some basic exposure to the welding environment will help him decide whether that is truly the career for which he would like to train.