Never Too Late: Climbing the Ladder

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Updated: 11/15/2013 6:46 pm
Three East Idaho mean decided to make a mid-career change. Rather than taking the safe route and continuing to work, they are investing in themselves.

Gabe Raymond explains what his life was like when he said that, “I was an electrician for seven years and I got laid off and decided that it was not time to get laid off anymore, so education sounded like a good idea.”

Mike Valentine, said that, “I was working for a company and they just could not keep us busy and I thought that you know it’s time
to change my life and go to school.”

Finally, Jeremy Cooper, current student, said that, “I wasn’t getting enough hours and the more and more I worked, I still wasn’t making ends meet.”

Perhaps these stories sound familiar? These men had various problems in their search for a fulfilling career and that led them back to Idaho State University for more training, and confidence in their future.

“There’s plenty of jobs out there and we don’t have to worry am I going to have to find a new job in a couple of years, you don’t have to worry about that,” Valentine said.

One thing that these men all have in common is that they all had to have that moment when they drew their line in the sand and decided to invest in career improvement. For Jeremy Cooper, it all started when he went to a job interview and things didn’t turn out how he would have hoped.

Cooper explained that, “The interview went badly, I didn’t make the cut and that day I actually came up to school and started taking math classes and started seeing what my options were.”

With the closing of the Heinz plant in Pocatello, many local workers will have a decision to make, they will either stay in the workforce, or attempt to go back to school to get an education or some training to become more marketable for employers. According to Mike Valentine, current ISU student, the decision is simple.

“Go to school now. It’s a scary step but get an education so that they can move into a career that if they want to move to a different job it’s their choice and not that they have to move to a different job,” Valentine said.

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