“I feel special because …” – an interview with Value Village employee, Nadia

Nadia at Value VillageIf you’ve ever thought of looking for unique treasures or just really like the Macklemore song Thrift Shop, then you may find yourself in one of the many Value Village stores across the lower mainland. One of these stores has a very special employee working there by the name of Nadia. Nadia came to posAbilities as she wanted very much to find meaningful employment.

Nadia successfully completed employment preparation classes at the Vancouver Employment Service, and began exploring an opportunity with Value Village in Richmond very soon after that. Nadia was interested in giving it a try.  She practised her interview skills with her Employment Coach and researched the company. After doing this, Nadia went to a Value Village store in Vancouver with her Coach to observe the different tasks staff were carrying out and to see how the store was organized and labelled. Nadia really liked what she saw!

Nadia soon met the Store Manager who agreed to a working interview. This working interview gave Nadia the opportunity to showcase her skills, and gave both parties the chance to decide if they would be a good fit for each other. Nadia got the job and chose to start working 2 hour shifts from Monday to Friday. With the help of her Employment Coach, Nadia was able to learn the tasks associated with the job, alongside learning how to effectively manoeuvre the transit routes to get to work on time. Now there are just regular check-in meetings to make sure everyone is on track.

We sat down with Nadia and discuss her experience working at Value Village Richmond.

What’s the best part about working at Value Village?

The best part for me is learning new skills, and the knowledge that I can do my job easily now. My confidence has improved greatly. I didn’t know if I could do the tasks and now that I can, I surprised myself!

What did you buy with your first pay-check?

It was nice having money. I bought myself clothing – pants and stuff. Value Village provides great value for money!

What are the harder parts of your job?

There is a section of the store which is labelled “others”. I need to use my judgement skills in deciding what items to place there. Paying attention to the right order of the tags is also important. It has taken me a lot of practice to be able to do this.

What advice would you have for someone who is just starting their job search?

Stay strong, take it one day at a time, and you will succeed with the help of your Employment Coach. My Coach was there every time I needed her – helping me along the way. I know that I can always count on her.

Not only does Nadia enjoy working at Value Village, she also enjoys socializing with her co-workers. She recently attended the store Christmas Party at which everyone was dressed up and exchanged gifts. Nadia will sometimes arrive at 7am to have coffee with her colleagues before she starts work. Nadia adds, “my co-workers often help me. I feel special because I am a part of a good team.”

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