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Chantal’s Journey with Skills Introduces Her to a New and Unanticipated Career Path

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Chantal T. wasn’t looking for a job when she first discovered Skills for Chicagoland’s Future. Instead, she was helping a roommate find employment. After learning more about Skills’ extensive network of employers and job opportunities, Chantal was inspired to begin a job search of her own.

Based on her extensive driving experience for companies, Chantal originally applied for the seasonal Driver role with Motivate, LLC (Divvy). However, her application was redirected to Motivate’s People Support Center after a recruitment manager noted Chantal’s skillsets in technology and data analytics. Chantal was initially hired as a seasonal PSC Representative, but her stellar contributions brought her a promotion to a full-time role as a Human Resources Information Systems Associate!

Chantal shared more about her journey at Motivate and her experience with Skills.

Tell us about your new position. How are you liking it?

My new position (HRIS Associate) started July 18th. I’m currently working through a bunch of self-paced trainings to learn about Motivate’s human resource system and how to troubleshoot common errors. There’s a lot you need to know to troubleshoot, so the training will take sixty to ninety days. Right now, I only work on simple tasks, but I will be taking on more complex tasks soon.

What are you looking forward to most in your new role?

I’m excited to move into my HRIS role. I’m the youngest person on my team, which will provide me with a good opportunity to grow into a career. I never thought about working in Human Resources, but I have enjoyed it — especially after learning there was a tech component. I realized that this role unites my interests seamlessly.

Would you recommend Skills to other job seekers?

Yes! I really like the different types of jobs that Skills offers and the different companies that Skills works with. They give young people the chance to go out and join the job market. I also like that Skills is not a temp agency. I enjoyed that I didn’t come in working under Skills as a temp for Motivate, but that I worked for Motivate itself.

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