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July 30, 2019

Meet Isabella - Get Into Hospitality participant

“I had no experience and started thinking I’d never get hired. Now I have a fun job that I really like.” – Isabella, Get Into Participant

Isabella wanted to work but wasn’t able to find a job. After sending out countless applications and not hearing back, she got discouraged and eventually gave up. When she heard about Prince’s Trust Canada’s Get Into Hospitality program with Yonge Street Mission and Marriott Hotels, she thought she’d give it a try.

“I’d been looking for jobs at home, on my computer, but wasn’t getting interviews. Every place was asking for experience and I knew I didn’t have it. My confidence went down and there was a point where I just stopped trying.

When I heard about the Get Into program it sounded interesting and I thought I’d give it a shot. On top of getting a job, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, socialize more with others and work on my social skills.

Through the program, I had to communicate with others. At first I was nervous, I guess I was afraid of how other people might react to me, but the other workers were welcoming and happy, and that made me feel better. It was fun. Many of my co-workers are my friends now!

Because of Get Into, I got a job, which I thought was never going to happen. And I really like it. You know, with a hospitality job, I can travel, which is something I’d like to do.

My favourite part of the program was the Celebration Day. I felt like I made it. Like I accomplished something. I saw that if I want it, I can do it.”

Isabella has now been working for Marriott for more than five months. She’s practising her social skills, making new friends and knows now, more than ever, that she can do anything she puts her mind to.

Learn more about our Get Into youth employment program.