Kitchen & Laundry Mechanic
“I was referred to Benchmark from another employee right after I graduated from high school. Not knowing my career path, I started in the kitchen as a dishwasher. While in the kitchen, I became interested in learning more about cooking and culinary. I eventually was promoted to Cook in the kitchen, and then after several years as a cook, I decided to change career paths and moved into maintenance.
Now, I have been working with Benchmark for almost 7 years, and it has been a nonstop whirlwind of learning and experience. It is extraordinarily easy to find someone willing to teach me something new. In fact, when I started in the kitchen, and then moved into the maintenance department, I knew absolutely nothing about either field, but with each move there was always plenty of helpful people willing to show me the path to increasing my knowledge in just about anything I wanted or needed to know. On top of the communal experience exchange, I have also learned much from off-property training classes that my departments have sent me to such as woodworking and HVAC classes. I am also currently attending college for classes pertaining to my field, which is ultimately being paid for through the extremely generous tuition reimbursement program offered by Benchmark.
Besides doing my normal job duties and going to school, I have had the opportunity to participate in other activities such as being a Peer Trainer, serving on Culture Committee, and Safety Committee. All in all, these past 7 years have been a ceaseless maturing of new skills, and improvements to old skills.”