Meet Dudley Williams III
Dudley represents the epitome of a highly successful, thriving Best Buddies Jobs participant in Boston. After graduating from the Lesley University Threshold Program several years ago, Dudley joined Best Buddies Jobs to work toward his professional goals. Dudley is a hard worker and tireless advocate for employment for people with IDD. Within a few short years, Dudley has become not only one of the strongest spokespersons for Best Buddies Jobs in Massachusetts, but has realized his ultimate goal of having a full-time job with benefits.
Before becoming involved with Best Buddies, life for Dudley was challenging. He mostly worked part-time jobs that were not utilizing his fullest potential.
After graduating from college, Dudley joined Best Buddies to strengthen his social skills, meet new people, and get a full-time job. Since starting the program in March 2012, he has grown both professionally and personally. At first, Dudley worked part-time jobs, ranging from different positions in the hospitality industry to working seasonally for the Boston Red Sox in mobility assistance, to working in at the Boston Minority Business Development Agency Center, as an office assistant.
His ultimate goal was to find a full-time job. “I went in for an interview at John Hancock this past September and tried my best to answer the questions they asked me. I told them about my experiences in my previous jobs. I was very excited when I learned they wanted to hire me full-time because I had never been offered a full-time job before,” says Dudley.
Dudley’s life has changed dramatically. He has more confidence in himself, as a person, and is more independent at work. He’s made new friends as well. “Best Buddies is a great organization that gives everyone a chance. Now that I’ve achieved my goal of getting a full-time job, I want to improve my professional relationships and work on achieving some of the goals that I have set for myself at John Hancock.”