That is a mighty fine question my friend. I do not want to sit here and try to say it's the system's fault that I can not find a decent job. But, it kind of is. You know how on all job applications they ask for felony convictions and right below it says "felony convictions to not necessarily disqualify you from employment". Yeah well, that's a lie. In the past 2 years, I have actually become very skilled in the construction trade, I can use just about every tool you could think of with skill. I can even operate heavy machinery with confidence.... Take today for instance, I had an interview with a very big company, They have a 401k, health, vacation time, ect.. One of the jobs you would retire from.. Well here I am at the second interview, and the guy is like "Oh man, we never gave you this" and he hands me a background check form.. I looked at him and said "Well, before we waste anybody's time here, what if I did have a felony?" he was like "depends? how old is it".. I told him 4 years, and his response was "damn...i'm sorry but the rule is 7 years....and we can't break that rule....We will still interview you..But I doubt we will be able to break that rule".... I mean, I performed extremely well in my interview, and I've got word that they are trying to making something happen.. But, I am not getting my hopes up..
I've even gone as far as to call every branch of armed forces and fucking beg them to let me in..What kind of bullshit is that? I can't even join the army now? I basically can't work any job that involves handling money, being around a customers home, or pretty much anything that involves being a normal human... I don't understand. The whole point of me going to prison was so I could, and I quote, "pay my debt to society"... Well, If I've paid my debt...Why does it feel like I still owe? It's really annoying because I carry myself like a respectable gentleman. I have amazing manners...When I am working, I don't miss work and I always bust my ass..
For your final question yes. I learned from my experience in prison. I actually believe it made me into a very respectable young man. It showed me where I didn't want to end up again. It gave me time to just sit there and think about everything and I was able to grow up mentally. Unfortunately employers don't usually believe me when I try to explain this.