For some, desperate times call for desperate measures but for an out of work contractor in the Orange County, being unemployed meant going back to school – or at least, a truck-driving school.
The recession has certainly forced a lot of folks to change careers or pursue further education and training in hopes of eventually landing a job and 45-year old Phil Ortiz was assisted by OC’s One Stop Center (http://oconestop.com/), a federal, local, business agency funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
Slim pickings in the construction industry left Ortiz unemployed for months but once he finishes six weeks of coursework and passes a series of tests from the truck-driving school, he will be employed and driving a big rig truck.
For many weary workers or those who are sick of pounding the pavement looking for jobs but finding nothing, receiving unemployment benefits may seem like the only way to survive recession.
But like Ortiz’ story, there are other ways of coping in a jobless market and that usually entails upgrading or adding to your skills. Ortiz’ education was funded through the help of One Stop Center and if you ask around your local employment agencies or offices, there may be a window of opportunity for getting a new job or educated to make yourself more competitive in today’s market.