Jack is not yet employed but is nevertheless an incredible success story and a magnificent example to others for the work he has done on himself to become job-ready.
Everyone who walks through the doors of atWork Australia is looking for work, but each person has their own individual needs. Some know what they are looking for and need a little help nailing their résumé. Others are not so sure and require more intense support to map out a clear path ahead.
When Jack first visited the Strathpine office of atWork Australia in mid-2018 he was in bad shape and his needs were centred on daily survival. He was struggling with mental illness, attempting suicide several months later. He then became homeless. Jack was in need of food and shelter and someone who cared.
His Job Coach, Katie, was the right person to help Jack at this time in his life. She arranged for the delivery of food hampers, advised him on accommodation options, and referred him to a mental health practitioner.
It was only once his basic needs, including stable housing, were met that Katie was able to refer Jack to the not-for-profit Suited for Success, a free service that helps people overcome barriers to employment.
Over a number of sessions, Jack was able to boost his self-esteem by focusing on activities such as stress management, job preparation, interview techniques, getting ready for work and networking. He was also able to take part in a styling session where he received a free outfit suitable to wear to an interview.
Jack is now actively marketing himself to potential employers with an effective résumé and even better, “he is smiling”.
“I’m so proud to see how far my client has come and I can’t wait to get him a job,” Katie said.
Jack has similar praise for his Job Coach.
“Katie is the best support I have had in a long time, possibly ever. She motivates and holds me accountable for my goals,” he said.
Jack and Katie have committed to working side by side until he signs an employment contract, hopefully any day now.