It’s not every day that you get your first job ever. For any teenager, this is a very important step to adulthood. It’s all about that unique feeling of making a contribution. Most importantly, it’s the very first stepping stone towards becoming an independent, productive member of society.
Julia Hock, a seventeen year old girl from Elk Grove, California, felt this way, too. But, in her case, landing a job meant a great deal, and she couldn’t wait to start. Namely, Julia has Down syndrome, and she has never let that stop her from achieving her goals.
This remarkable teen has already accomplished quite a lot for her age. She helps run the concession stand at the little league snack shop. She’s also a varsity cheerleader. Her smile and positive attitude and above all, commitment to everything she does have become an inspiration for people in the town.
And now, Julia decided it was time to start an official job. Her wish was to work for her local Chick Fil A franchise. So, she asked for a helping hand, and her friends and school guidance counselor jumped to her aid. They helped her get ready for the interview.
Several kids at school wrote unsolicited letters of recommendation for her,
explained Julia’s mom, Kerri Bass Hock.
A couple of other kids helped her choose outfits and drove her to the interview.
Kerri says Julia is a perfect candidate for this kind of work.
She’s very friendly and very sociable. The person that loves the unlovable.
So, after two rounds of interviews, Julia was anxiously waiting by her phone, hoping she’d get the call from Chick Fil A.
And she did!
Kerri managed to capture the awesome moment when Julia got the phone call she’s been waiting for. She shared the video on her Facebook page with the caption:
Julia Hock is a working woman! After two interviews, lots of interview practice with her teachers, and team of her friends helping her pick outfits and putting in a good word-Juj was hired. So proud of our girl!
says Julia, with a huge smile on her face.
It’s obvious how thrilled she is, and it’s simply amazing.
Kerri also shared a cute photo of Julia on the first day at her new job. It looks like she’s already having fun!