Amy recently returned to the work force in the position of data base operator. For the past 5years she has been preparing for this step. She spent two years doing pre-vocational study and retraining, and 3 years volunteering before she obtained the job she currently holds. Throughout this process, Amy displayed extraordinary motivation and perseverance. The following is an interview conducted this month with Amy. She hopes to increase her employment from part time to full time within the next year.

Q. Why did you want to go back to work?

A. I wanted to go back to work because I felt I should get some money for what I did on the computer.

Q. What was the most difficult part of this process?

A. Getting to know everyone including my bosses.

Q. What was most helpful for you?

A. I knew my computer skills well and I volunteered for many years, because it gave meconfidence and it didn't leave a long term gap in my resume. I kept busy always.

Q. What is the best part of your working week?

A. When I talk to other employees and when I get my check because I can't believe I get paid for what I do!!

Q. What was the most productive step you took?

A. Getting my cover letter, my interviewing skills, and my resume together.

Q. What are your work goals now and in the future?

A. To work more hours on my job.

Q. What kept you motivated during this process?

A. The other employees at The Museum of Science and seeing employees come and go while I stayed, and my boss who continues to be a great support to me even to this day.

Q. If you could tell a potential employee one important thing that helped you, what would this be?

A. To do what the boss asked of you and not to be afraid to ask questions.

Revised: Saturday, February 23, 2002 08:42 AM