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MentorAbility Experience Stories: Brody

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You could say that repairing things has been in Brody’s blood for a long time. While he has had an interest in mechanics since high school, Brody was hesitant to apply to any garages as he felt he didn’t have sufficient education or experience.

Through MentorAbility, Brody was matched with Ralph Van Worden Automotive Repair. This MentorAbility Experience provided him with an opportunity to shadow three mechanics and work directly on vehicles alongside each employee. Through discussion, Brody was able to explore how the mechanics chose their field of work, given their diverse backgrounds.

The MentorAbility Experience also helped Brody identify specific tasks that he loved doing, such as completing oil changes. When reflecting on the experience, Brody shared that he “learned that the role of ‘shop helper’ would allow me to work directly on vehicles without requiring me to obtain more education.” The MentorAbility Experience helped Brody consider a new role in the automotive industry that fits with his current skills, education and strengths.

Thank you, Ralph Van Worden Automotive Repair, for providing exceptional hands-on learning and pivotal information around a new potential career path!

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