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GET TO WORK season finale: Wake up and smell reality

GET TO WORK season finale: Wake up and smell reality

Don’t miss the season finale of GET TO WORK! On the final episode, see how getting high brought three people to new lows. Cathy went from living in a $750,000 home to living under a bridge. Christina chose drugs over raising her son. Maurice ended up in jail instead of graduating from high school. It’s time to get to work.

Top 10 radical career changes

Top 10 radical career changes

Feeling trapped in your job by this ersatz excuse of an economy we’ve been slumming with for half a decade? You’re not alone, but you’re also not as cornered as you think. If you have the drive and passion but just need a little inspiration, there’s still plenty of opportunity to get a job that suits you. Here are a few examples of people who made major changes midway into a career. Sometimes you just have to say screw it and pursue what makes you happy.

GET TO WORK: Hustling only gets you so far

GET TO WORK: Hustling only gets you so far

Emotions run high this week at Strive. Bailey needs to get her life back on track to reconnect with her family. And does Jonathan’s pink slip mean the end or a new beginning? In a particularly poignant scene, instructor Rob Smith is touched when Strive’s co-founder pays a visit…

Top 10 ways to keep your job in a tough economy

Top 10 ways to keep your job in a tough economy

We all know that it takes more than luck to find employment. And once you manage to get a job, what steps can you take to give yourself the best chance to keep it? Strive co-founder Rob Carmona shares his insights on how you–just like the down-and-out unemployed citizens featured in the Sundance Channel series GET TO WORK–can keep a job in this tough economy.

"Maintain a professional demeanor": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

"Maintain a professional demeanor": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

This week on GET TO WORK, check yourself before you wreck yourself — sage advice for those seeking employment. Aged convict Danny hopes to earn back his family’s trust. And will a bad attitude mean another pink slip for Dariush? Meanwhile, if Stacey can’t provide for his family, he’ll lose them. This week’s tip may seem obvious, but it bears repeating.

Top 10 interview dos and don'ts

Top 10 interview dos and don'ts

Chances are, you or someone you care about has struggled to find work lately. There’s no question that it’s a tough market. That’s why you need to give yourself every advantage — what can you do (and what should you avoid) when you go in for an interview? Strive’s lead job-trainer Rob Smith and his staff share insights on how you — just like the down-and-out unemployed citizens featured in the Sundance Channel series GET TO WORK — can make the right impression and land a job.

"Be confident, not arrogant": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

"Be confident, not arrogant": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

This week on GET TO WORK, you’ll meet Cesar, who has just been released from prison and hopes to get his 1-year-old son back in his life. That won’t happen until he finds — and keeps — a job. Will a lack of confidence stand in the way of his dream? Newly sober Janielle wants to stay on the right path by entering the workforce, but will the pressure of Strive lead to a relapse? And homeless veteran Audrea has been through the tough test of basic training but never a program quite like this. The only thing holding her back now is her attitude. She has a choice: Change her behavior or get the boot.

Top 10 world's greatest underdogs

Top 10 world's greatest underdogs

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Everyone loves an underdog, right? They’re the people who manage to make something out of nothing by transforming themselves — and the world along the way. From tenth-century Japanese courtesans to twentieth-century chess sensations, it’s the underdogs and their uncompromising internal will that we remember in the history books, not the people who gave up or left the work to someone else.

"Be on time": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

"Be on time": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

Tonight on GET TO WORK (10P), job trainers Rob and Chase help unemployed people change their lives. Former car thief Helen hopes a fresh start will earn back her daughter’s trust. Brian’s arrogance may get him voted out of class. And Quincy’s temper flares up after a drug test.

Top 10 recession-proof jobs

Top 10 recession-proof jobs

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It’s tricky to predict what industries are impervious to a recession. Even organized labor’s future seems uncertain in ways. But here are a few jobs, off the beaten path, that have proven to keep workers afloat during stressful times, like the ones we’re experiencing right now. See if any of them speak to you.

Top 10 skills that make you indispensable

Top 10 skills that make you indispensable

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What does it take to land a job — and keep it? The new Sundance Channel series GET TO WORK examines following down-and-out unemployed citizens as they try to pick their lives back up, find work and unlock their potential. But in this environment, almost anyone can relate to this struggle. To help in this process, Assistant Director of Career Services at Strive Katherine Strickle shares 10 critical skills to make you indispensable.

"Always smile": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

"Always smile": Your GET TO WORK tip of the week

On tonight’s GET TO WORK (10:30P), three jobless people face their troubled pasts. Ivan’s American dream is now a nightmare. Alicia grew up mistreated, but needs a dose of humility to get the help she needs. And homeless addict Patrick must graduate or lose his family’s trust for good.

Top 10 films to jumpstart your ambition

Top 10 films to jumpstart your ambition

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We hate to admit it, but life is tough. To persevere, rise above and truly succeed, a very simple choice must be made every day: Am I going to do what it takes to take care of myself and those around me, or am I not? It may feel like that decision gets harder and harder in light of new challenges that present themselves day after day, but the choice always remains our own. The brand new Sundance Channel series GET TO WORK examines this process, following down-and-out unemployed citizens as they try to pick their lives back up, find work and unlock their forgotten potential.

GET TO WORK: Attitude matters

GET TO WORK: Attitude matters

Are you ready to roll up your sleeves? I’m certainly feeling like it after watching the inaugural episode of GET TO WORK. This week we got to meet the core team at Second Chance, which partners with the national organization Strive to get people back to work — especially if they’ve had some rough knocks in life.

Sundance Channel will GET TO WORK

Sundance Channel will GET TO WORK

“Everything revolves around attitude. That’s one of the number one reasons why people can’t get jobs.”

-Chase Campbell, Employment Training Specialist

New series GET TO WORK premieres Monday, August 13 at 10:30P E/P

An uncompromising, unfiltered look at the world of joblessness in America through a transformational boot camp

Sundance Channel will premiere the new original non-fiction series GET TO WORK on Monday, August 13, at 10:30PM ET/PT. An unfiltered, uncompromising look at the work of Second Chance in San Diego and the STRIVE program, a workforce training model dedicated to getting America back to work. The hour-long program takes viewers inside the hardcore back-to-work boot camp that serves the chronically unemployed — jobless, directionless and frequently hopeless – people who are just clinging on for survival. In the wake of the economic downturn when unemployment remains high, GET TO WORK offers a fresh approach to real, lasting change. By giving people the tools to take control of their lives, this program transforms them in dramatic and surprising ways. The eight-episode series was filmed at Second Chance in San Diego, a nonprofit and one of the largest and most successful STRIVE partners in the world.

GET TO WORK: Sundance Channel docu-series gets folks jobs

GET TO WORK: Sundance Channel docu-series gets folks jobs

It’s no secret that getting, and keeping, a job in this economy takes more than just luck. After enough rejection, it’s easy to feel entirely locked out of the game. Right now there are millions of Americans out of work and this August, Sundance Channel’s original docu-series GET TO WORK will take you behind inside a groundbreaking back-to-work program in San Diego, a hardcore boot camp that gives hope to the chronically unemployed: those who have no jobs, no direction, and seemingly no chance. It’s a high-stakes make-or-break moment and, for most of the students, this is their last crack at a real future. But it doesn’t come easy: as they push their students to learn workplace skills that will land them a job, the Instructors contend with those who have never learned anything other than bad attitudes and bad behavior. Not everyone makes it to graduation.