Kristen Petro, 22, of Twinsburg, recently started working as a Production Associate with Natural Essentials in Aurora, Ohio, making hand sanitizer. Natural Essentials is one of the employment opportunities identified on the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabiltities (OOD) Urgent Jobs List.
With support from Taniya George-Olds, OOD Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and Marianne Senvisky, Chief Navigator/CEO of Pathfinder Career Consulting, Kristen, who is on the autism spectrum, was looking for a full-time position with benefits so that she could become more independent.
“Kristen and I practiced interview questions and role-played to prepare for her interview,” said Marianne, job developer and coach. The preparation paid off: Kristen landed two interviews, followed by two job offers, on the same day.
She chose to work at Natural Essentials, filling the high demand for hand sanitizer, and is enjoying her job and coworkers. “I like my job. It’s very busy,” said Kristen. “Today, I packed boxes of hand sanitizer and put caps on shea butter. Overtime is needed from everyone right now,” she added.
I am very glad I chose this service to help me get a job when I needed it the most. Thank you for providing me with and properly guiding me to a new job.
Marianne and her staff have worked adeptly with the unique needs and services needed for college students we work with through the College2Careers initiative through OOD.
Wonderful experience! My son gained work experience and confidence with Steve's guidance.
Pathfinder is super creative, and I have been impressed by their willingness to help individals with career exploration and securing employment.
Marianne Senvisky was kind, helpful and professional. She was easy to work with and made herself available when needed around my busy schedule.
My career navigator was very understanding of my needs and limitations as to what kind of employment to seek for me. She helped me figure out my strengths.