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Mentorability Experience Stories: Chris

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Already with a background in Graphic Design and Fundamental Arts, Chris was connected to MentorAbility through the PEI Council of People with Disabilities to explore what a career in screen-printing, embroidery or sign production might look like.

Chris’ MentorAbility Experience saw him matched with the Charlottetown printing business Golden Custom Clothing under the mentorship of its founder Coltin Handrahan. During this MentorAbility Experience, Chris enjoyed accumulating on-the-job experience and witnessing the day-to-day operations of a professional printing company firsthand. He especially enjoyed getting his hands dirty when learning the physical process of screen-printing and was glad he wasn’t stuck behind a computer all day.

With this experience under his belt, Chris said he’d be more comfortable in a similar role if he managed to obtain a job in the Graphic Design/Screen-Printing industry. He’d welcome the opportunity for employment too, as it would allow him to be more independent while further advancing his life goals.

Through this MentorAbility Experience, Chris gained work experience he otherwise wouldn’t have been able to get and is now one step closer to employment. Therefore, he recommends that others struggling to gain real-life experience in their chosen industries should “definitely look into this program” and connect with MentorAbility to get their employment journey started.

MentorAbility success story - Chris

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