After nearly two years of unemployment, Jess has found her calling as a kitchen hand for a local company.

The 24-year-old from Nowra, had some hospitality experience, and, up until recently had been working as a cleaner, but she had little else to put on her résumé. However, she was keen to find more permanent and sustainable work.

Jess met with dedicated Job Coach, Linda, from the Nowra atWork Australia office for advice and support in finding work.

Linda immediately set about identifying skills in Jess she felt could be suitable for an employer in an entry-level position.

Together they agreed a position as a kitchen hand would be a great place to start and Linda started researching to find an employer who would give Jess the opportunity to learn on the job.

Linda was excited to find a local hospitality business, Bali Kitchen and Alison, a staff member in the kitchen who was prepared to help Jess in her quest for work.

Alison had also been unemployed for some time herself and was very understanding of the difficulties of trying to find work when you don’t have a lot of experience behind you.

Alison was more than happy to be able to give Jess the opportunity to develop her skills and experience at Bali Kitchen as a kitchen hand.

Jess was incredibly grateful for the opportunity and very excited to hear that she had found ongoing work.

Jess is now gaining confidence and enjoying her new role. Although an adjustment in the beginning, Jess has found the workplace environment along with the atWork Australia team, to be very supportive of her.

Are you or someone you know living with a disability and looking for work? Get in touch with atWork Australia today to start your journey to employment. Contact us on 1300 080 856 or submit an online enquiry.