December 9th, 2010 was a very bad day for Patrick Barrett. First, at his doctor’s appointment, Patrick was told that he needed a biopsy for possible prostate cancer. When he returned to work from the doctor’s office, he was told that due to outsourcing, his position as a Business Analyst for Express Scripts was being eliminated.
These were not the first challenges that Patrick has had to overcome in his life. Patrick was born legally blind, learning Braille while in elementary school and furthering his education after high school by obtaining his BS degree in communications from Boise State University. Patrick, like many blind people, had difficulty finding a job due to misconceptions about the ability of someone who is blind to be a productive worker. In fact, according to Independence Inc., 65 to 70 percent of people with significant visual impairments today are either unemployed or underemployed. Patrick overcame these daunting challenges and had a successful twelve year career at Express Scripts.
After he was laid off, Patrick-- like thousands of other dislocated workers-- came to HIRED for help in May of 2011. Since that time, he has completed a wide range of workshops at HIRED. This includes sessions on resume writing, creating a personal brand, how to stretch your finances and the StrengthsFinder system for capitalizing on your strengths. HIRED has also helped Patrick financially with his major medical bills, rent and education expenses.
In June of this year Patrick underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic for prostate cancer and in September was declared cancer free. With HIRED’s help Patrick has completed the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training program, and is currently working on a project that will earn him full Six Sigma certification. In addition, Patrick started on-line classes in September through Normandale College for Health Information Technology (HIT) certification. Patrick is hopeful that this six-month long certificate program will allow him to obtain a position, upon graduation, as a Business Analyst in a hospital or care center.
In spite of all of the challenges that he has faced, Patrick continues to be upbeat and positive about his job search. According to Patrick, “HIRED has helped me immensely. My employment counselor, Anita, has been wonderful and I am very grateful for the services that I have received and continue to receive from HIRED.”
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