12 Days of Christmas Stories – Day 7

By December 18, 2018 December 19th, 2018 12 Days of Christmas

“It’s easy to sit up and take notice, what is difficult is getting up and taking action”

I believe there is a position for everyone, and I love meeting people and getting to know their story to help them navigate their career. I’ve had a lot of mentors in my life – most influential were those in High School and College because it’s how I landed here where I am today. It makes sense then that I’m crazy passionate about working with students in high school or college that are exploring their future career path; particularly those that are willing to take action in their own future J

Tonight, I’m going to tell you about Emmanuel.

Emman was a referral from some other awesome students that went to Anoka Tech. I met with him for the first time on site at our customer and we started with a tour of the facility. I ran into the facilities manager and Fab group manager on the floor and introduced him – they asked what he was here for and I (with my big mouth) blurted out, “he’s your next rockstar welder on 3rd shift!” and the follow up question asked was, “When does he start?”…to which I replied; “Well, I have to interview him first!” J

When our HR contact asked him in person to weld test the next day, I looked at Emman and he said “If it’s OK with you both, I’d like to wait until next week to make sure I don’t disappoint any expectations” …He was winning J

While interviewing with him I learned why he became a welder – He was working with his dad and they drove by a construction site. He saw sparks flying and didn’t know what it was. So he literally googled ‘sparks flying at construction site” and learned about welding. He enrolled in school while working FT on 2nd shift as a lead at a medical device company and he finished top in his class. He also placed in a weld competition because of his skill!  Once he passed the weld test, he got started and has not looked back! We continue to hear how great of an employee he is and we’re proud to hear that he is “The best welder I have” and “he has the best attitude, great skill level, polite, everything you want in an employee” and the supervisor even noted, “I’d give him 3 raises if I could!”

Emman is one student of many student’s stories I could tell. I hope he is as much of an inspiration to you as he is to me – because like the quote above à noticing is easy, but getting up and taking action in our own lives is what is difficult.

Merry Christmas to you and yours,



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