In 2016, Anthony underwent two hip replacement surgeries and for the first time in his adult life he found himself out of work while he focused on his recovery. Well-educated and a hard-worker, Anthony found unemployment to be an incredibly isolating and stressful situation, both financially and emotionally.
Two years later, Anthony came to atWork Australia looking for support and guidance to get back into the workforce. He met his Disability Employment Services Job Coach Shareece, at the Drysdale office. Together, they developed a plan for Anthony that would allow him to return to work in a less physically demanding role.
Upon their first meeting, Anthony advised that his goals were to up-skill, achieve financial stability and long-term meaningful employment. It was agreed that the first task would be to find Anthony a suitable course to study which would increase his employable skills.
After discussing the options with Gordon Institute of TAFE, Anthony enrolled in the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. This course supplements his long list of career achievements, providing him with the skills to deliver workplace training in his area of expertise.
Having not been to school for over 40 years, Anthony was understandably feeling quite anxious about his return. Shareece supported him by arranging a meeting to provide him with confidence-building tips and vocational counselling.
After settling into his course, Anthony and Shareece set about constructing an up-to-date resume and cover letter in preparation for job applications. While searching for suitable vacancies, Anthony advised that his dream job would be to work at Bunnings, as he loved the culture and service he receives every time he visits.
A few weeks later during a regular contact appointment, two vacancies were found at Bunnings stores in the local area. With great anticipation, Shareece assisted Anthony to apply for the position, only to find out a few days later that his application did not progress to the next stage. However, this didn’t hinder Anthony’s determination and he later applied for a vacancy at the Leopold store.
Soon after, Anthony’s application progressed to the next stage. Having never been to a formal interview before, Shareece provided tips to reduce anxiety and interview techniques.
Straight after the interview, Anthony contacted atWork Australia to advise that out of 650 applicants he received an offer of employment at his dream job. He even dropped by the office to show off his new Red Bunnings Polo Shirt!
“Since my return to work, I am feeling healthier than ever before – both physically and mentally,” said Anthony.
Shareece says “It’s been a privilege to work alongside Anthony to help him return to work. His patience and determination have definitely paid off”.