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Help is Here: From Furloughed to Flourishing

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Joseph Degon worked in the theme park and film industry as a stunt performer and puppeteer. When theme parks shut down in early March, Joseph’s contracts were discontinued with no return to work date. Without having a definite answer about returning to work, he knew he needed to take a different route for his career. Joseph learned about CareerSource Central Florida’s Help is Here program, and he connected with a Career Consultant to explore his options. He obtained funding to expand his skill set and pursue a new career in Information Technology (IT). He is currently enrolled in a Cyber Security IT professional program and is planning to take the certification exams by the end of the year. Joseph is grateful for this new opportunity and the ability to pursue his studies stress and debt-free. “It would be crazy to pass this up if you are looking to start a new career,” said Joseph.

 

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