Career Journey: How It Happened
Prior to Lifeworks, Lookman Lasisi worked at a group home for people with disabilities. Some of the people he supported were also served by Lifeworks. This gave him the opportunity to visit and become familiar with the organization. During one of those times, he met Lifeworks former President and Chief Executive Officer.
Lookman reflects on that visit, “She was very welcoming and family oriented. I asked about what it was like to work at Lifeworks. She gave me an overview. Wow. I was really impressed – especially with the amount of vacation time and their retirement program.”
With seven years of experience as a personal care attendant and an educational background in human services, Lookman decided to explore his options. He sent resumes, went on many interviews, and received several offers for employment, including one from Lifeworks.
“When I interviewed at Lifeworks Apple Valley, I noticed that the building was so brand new. Everybody was welcoming. I even ran into a few people that I used to work with back in the day. I thought, ‘I want to work here.’”
In May 2016, Lookman accepted a position as a Service Specialist at Lifeworks. He helped people explore their interests through community outings and onsite offerings. He also provided assistance with daily living needs.
When I come to Lifeworks in the morning and I see all the people excited to see me and be here – that really makes me happy. Lookman Lasisi, Lifeworks Team Lead
In less than six months, Lookman was promoted to Service Facilitator. This gave him greater responsibility as he was working more closely with people’s support teams. His expertise and passion for the people we serve made him a knowledgeable advocate.
At the 2017 legislative wrap-up session, Lookman was honored with an inaugural Outstanding Staff Award by the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. He was recognized for supporting self-advocates from Lifeworks Apple Valley.
Now as a Team Lead, Lookman helps with staffing, programming, scheduling, and day-to-day operations. He appreciates having a great supervisor and a supportive team. He looks forward to continuing to build his career with Lifeworks.
Three years has went by so fast. I’ve never regretted coming to Lifeworks. This has been a wonderful job. Lifeworks is always prepared for what is going to happen in the next 5-10 years and I want to be part of that future.
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