As I am coming to the end of my first semester at Daily Work as a case manager intern, I begin to reflect on the various tasks and interactions that I have encountered so far. I have come to understand that Daily Work is much more than just an organization that helps individuals find jobs. I have supported jobseekers with learning technological skills, advancing in certifications, finding housing, replying to emails, applying for a driver’s license and driving test, and much more. Daily Work is a place that supports jobseekers with building a foundation for getting and maintaining a job to live and sustain a financially steady life.
As I continue to intern at Daily Work for the next 5 months, I would like to continue to work with job seekers to advocate for them and their needs. I will carry on with implementing resources already provided as well as finding further resources to support and build upon jobseekers’ skills.
Reflecting on Daily Work’s goals and values, I wish that a system like Daily Work would have been around when my parents first came to the United States. My parents are immigrants from Vietnam. To this day, they know very minimal English and only work in locations where the owners and workers speak Vietnamese. I believe that if my parents had access to a system like Daily Work to support them, they would have been able to gain the support needed to enroll in English classes as well as learn technological skills. With just these couple of steps, it would have boosted my parents up many levels to better communicate and interact with the community and groups around them.
As my fall semester is coming to an end and my spring semester is starting, I will continue to learn and grow within Daily Work to keep supporting those I am working with. I would like to support my job seekers as much as I can before I leave so that I know that I am leaving them on a good note. I will continue to work on and fulfill all aspects needed for my job seekers to find and sustain long-term employment.