Over the coming weeks we will be sharing some good news stories from all our offices across the Coast. Today’s story is from the Clarence and features Janice, one of our awesome clients.
Janice is a 59 year old Jobseeker who commenced with Key Employment over 5 years ago.
Prior to commencing with Key, Janice worked as a commercial cleaner for 11 years where she obtained a back injury thus unable to continue within that role.
After endless, unsuccessful job applications Janice decided that she would like to upskill herself. Janice and I reviewed the local job market which showed a high need for support workers within the Grafton area. After giving this some consideration Janice decided she would like undertake the Certificate III in Individual Support/Aged Care course, which was run at CHS Training.
Janice did exceptionally well within the course and Key assisted her in obtaining her First Aid Certificate. In July 2018, Janice was offered the role as Support Worker.
Janice now undertakes a minimum 30 hours per week and often is asked to work additional shifts. Given that Janice is a yes person, she often finds it difficult to decline extra shifts offered. To this day, we continue to have discussions on fatigue management and the importance for Janice to look after herself and I remind her that its ok to decline extra shifts offered should she feel too fatigued.
Janice advised during her last appt that she is so thrilled to have savings behind her and the feeling which comes with being financially stable and independent. Life is good.
“I found the course very interesting and would recommend it to anyone who loves animals, like me 🙂 But I loved that it wasn’t all in class and we went on excursions aswell. It was awesome, I wished it went longer.”
“Now I don’t think I am below anybody. I feel different from what I used to believe. I am treated like an equal individual and my opinions are listened to with respect and courtesy.”
“If it wasn’t for Key Employment I wouldn’t have the job I have now. I would not have had the confidence to apply for the job I did or do well in the interviews if it wasn’t for them. Key Employment isn’t scary! Just sign up with them and they will help you find a full-time or part-time job.”
“If I have trouble with the work given I know my teacher at Key will sit down with me and talk me through the work. Key Training has given me the retail skills which will lead to me getting a job.”
“I am treated like an equal individual and my opinions are listened to with respect and courtesy, and the people at Key Training make me feel like a valued member of the community.”